Skull cocktails: Halloween cocktails, a head above the rest


As Halloween lurks in the near future, Halloween cocktails are getting prepped. These skull cocktails add the spooky to your Halloween party.

Halloween isn’t meant to be warm and fuzzy. People want creepy, spooky and sometimes a little gruesome Halloween treats. Halloween cocktails are the same. A plain, orange or red colored cocktail is just boring. Put your Halloween cocktails a head above the rest with these skull cocktails.

Before shaking up these skull cocktails, Halloween cocktails or Halloween beverages of any type can benefit from the skull theme. Tovolo makes Skull Ice Molds that add the spooky to any drink. These detailed skull molds will put the scare in any Halloween beverage. Simply freeze the skull molds and them pop out them out.

Skull ice molds, photo provided by Tovolo

With the skull cubes ready to go, a Halloween inspired cocktail is next on the list. Luckily a few mixologists have created skull inspired cocktails that are perfect for Halloween. These cocktails use tequila, which is perfect for Halloween.

Some of these cocktails use reposado tequila, specifically Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila. This particular tequila has been aged in oak barrels. The six to nine months in the oak barrels adds a robust flavor to the cocktail. Ready to get spooked?

Skull cocktails: Halloween cocktails, a head above the rest, photo provided by Evins Communications

El Cráneo Blanco

This particular cocktail is will be a shock to your senses. By using the Fino Sherry, drinkers are in for a big surprise. The strong aroma of this sherry, definitely not a sweet sherry, could be considered a little “scary.” Are you ready for this spooky cocktail?

"El Cráneo BlancoCreated by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole1 ½ parts Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila½ part Mezcal¾ part Fino Sherry½ part pear liqueurStir ingredients and strain over large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional)."

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Lemon Lime Skull Shooters

While many of us have enjoyed a shot or two, these Halloween inspired shooters are just fun for Halloween. Make sure that the kids know that these gelatin items aren’t for them. The idea about the popping candy is a great one. Who wouldn’t want some popping brains for Halloween?

"Lemon Lime Skull ShootersCreated by Niccole Trzaska of Drinks by NiccoleMakes 12-14 Jell-O shots5 ounces Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila5 ounces water5 ouncesTres Agaves Margarita Mix1 Packet of GelatinGarnish = Lemon Lime rock candy for “brains”Mix all ingredients until smooth and no bubbles. Pour into a silicon mold in the shape of your choice (such as skulls). Add 1 Sour Patch kid to each mold set in refrigerator until it becomes a gel (Gelatin is not a solid nor a liquid it is both. So the higher the alcohol the thinner the mixture will be)"

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Skull on The Rocks

This Halloween inspired cocktail is a twist on a classic negroni (using gin) or Amargo cocktail (just tequila, Campari, grapefruit and lime juice). The use of bitters adds a savory note to the relatively sweet cocktail. The salt on the ice cube is an interesting touch. While the pink salt is a good choice, I would prefer a smoky black salt to compliment the bitters.

"Skull on The RocksCreated by John Henderson½ parts Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila¾ part sweet vermouth1 dash Angostura bitters1 Campari ice cube*In a short rocks glass, combine Tres Agaves, sweet vermouth and dash of Angostura bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a SMALL pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will spur the Campari cube to melt.*Campari ice cube: Overnight, freeze a mixture of Campari and water, at a ratio close to 50:50"

Hopefully these skull cocktails add a little spooky without being too frightening for your Halloween celebration. After all, a Halloween cocktail can give you a little liquid courage to face all those Halloween fears.

Will you be sipping on one this Halloween? Take a picture and tag us with #FoodSided or comment below.