11 Sophisticated Cocktails to Make This Halloween

Julia Millay Walsh

Halloween is admittedly a kitschy holiday, but that’s no reason to throw sophistication out the window. By serving a classic cocktail with a slightly morbid name (like Corpse Reviver #2 or Blood and Sand), you can subtly allude to the spirit of the holiday without sacrificing taste.

Ingredients like blackberries or squid ink can also create a dark mood without venturing into cheesy territory (I’ll have no plastic spiders in my drink!). You can also bring seasonal flavor to your cup by using pumpkin; something as simple as a pumpkin bellini (pumpkin puree and champagne) is foolproof, or you can get more complex by making a pumpkin Old Fashioned with puree and maple syrup. Any double-strained cocktail can instantly be given a spooky-chic vibe with the smoke and fog effects of a couple of cubes of dry ice—just wait until it has fully evaporated before sipping.

Excited to mix a drink yet? Read below for a few sophisticated Halloween cocktails that get our sip of approval.

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