Horror movie cocktails: Do you dare to sip these Halloween cocktails?


As Halloween approaches, everyone is getting ready for the ultimate fright night with Halloween cocktails. Will these horror movie cocktails be as frightening as the movie you’re watching?

Horror movies prey on people’s fears. From menacing clowns to psychotic predators, these movies are often the basis of many Halloween events. Haunted houses, Halloween costumes or even a Halloween party highlights these creepy and scary characters. But, what about Halloween cocktails? A few horror movie cocktails can be the frightful sipper for movie watching.

Halloween horror movies can be a hotly contested subject. Which character is scarier? Are older movies more frightening? Can a franchise really keep going? All these questions can be debated, but people would rather just watch those frightening tales. Sometimes, a bowl of popcorn isn’t enough to keep movie fans sustained through the whole movie. A horror movie cocktail, based on the movie, is a great idea. Plus, these cocktails are great Halloween cocktails too.

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Texan Morgue-a-Rita – Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been scaring movie goers for years. The sound of the omninous chainsaw wielded by Leatherface can made your blood run cold. Luckily this spicy, smoky margarita will give you the urge to flee from the terror.

"Texan Morgue-a-RitaCreated by Masa Urushido of Saxon + ParoleGet a glimpse of the early days of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre villain: Leatherface. This terrifying asylum escapee is sure to make you shakenly reach for that ‘killer’ spicy margarita.2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila¾ parts fresh lime juice¼ part smoky simple syrup*Lava salt and dried red chili pepper for garnishShake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish rim with lava salt and add dried chili pepper.*Smoky simple syrup: Pour equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan with one dried chili pepper. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Remove chili pepper and set syrup aside."

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You’ll Float Too – IT

The biggest grossing horror movie of all time is It. For many people, clowns can be terribly scary. But, the Stephen King story is even scarier. No red balloon here, but this Halloween cocktail has hint of fruit that can sneak up on you. Can you face your clown fears?

"You’ll Float Too – ITThis cocktail is synonymous to that of the shapeshifting, demonized clown that continues to haunt our nightmares from the film “IT.”2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon 1 part sweet vermouthOrange bittersOrange twist, for garnishFOR THE CAMPARI ICE CUBES:¾ part Campari2 parts waterSeveral hours before serving, mix together Campari and water and freeze in a square ice mold. When frozen, make the cocktail: Place 2 Campari ice cubes in rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over ice cubes and garnish with a wide orange twist. Stir the drink to start the ice melting."

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The Cruel Cult

While not a horror movie, American Horror Story’s newest installment, “Cult” has hit on a timely and scary topic. The lure of a cult can be great. Unfortunately, the realistic factor of this scary show can rattle anyone’s nerves. This Halloween cocktail might be the most unnerving of the horror movie cocktails.

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"The Cruel CultThe mysterious and unidentifiable cult members of American Horror Story’s “Cult” has us shaken to our core. Here’s a shot recipe that might ease our nerves as we uncover the mysteries one episode after another…2 parts Sugar Island Spiced Rum ½ part Lime juice½ part Ginger liqueurApple Cider, to fillAdd all ingredients into a shaking tin. Dry shake for 5 seconds. Fill shot glasses ½ way with Apple Cider. Pour the remaining ingredients from the shaker and fill into shot glasses."

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Home Sweet Horror

A Manhattan is a classic bourbon cocktail. But, this bourbon cocktail gets a dark, mysterious twist for Halloween. The activated charcoal is a fun addition to add to the spooky quality. But, the flavor is scary in this Halloween cocktail.

"Home Sweet HorrorThis Manhattan is a classic recipe we all adore—then, a capsule of activated charcoal is unleashed and the color is drained right before our eyes – kind of like what Grace’s face looked like in “Mother!” when an unexpected intruder disrupts the calm sanctuary she once called home.2 parts Maker’s 46®1 part Amaro Averna1 capsule of activated charcoal1-2 dashes Angostura bittersCombine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain over an ice ball. Break open a capsule of activated charcoal, and stir."

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These horror movie cocktails could give you liquid courage to face those terrifying moments in the film. Or, they are fun Halloween cocktails for your next Halloween party.

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