When Halloween falls on a weekend, it’s time to mix up a little Halloween whiskey mischief. Paranormal partying often begins as soon as the work week ends and continues throughout the weekend.  Whether you’re a diehard straight liquor enthusiast or sugared up cocktail fan, this Halloween brings out the party spirit in almost everyone.

Whiskey Mischief Halloween Cocktails

Bloody Venom Drink Recipe

For bourbon and whiskey lovers who want a little mischief mixed into their grisly celebration, plan ahead with a few spell inducing potions that scream ‘Halloween.”  Drops of ‘blood’, oozing foam and a little black magic will horrify the most gruesome phantoms during the Day of the Dead.

Bloody Venom Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinBloody Venom – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon

1/4 Fresh Lime Squeezed

Top with Mountain Dew

Drizzle 1/4 ounce Homemade Grenadine over the top

Place Jim Beam Bourbon in highball glass over ice.  Squeeze 1/4 fresh lime over top and discard lime.  Top off with Mountain Dew.  Drizzle 1/4 ounce grenadine over the top.  Enjoy with fanged pleasure!

Infusion Drink Recipe

It’s been a long week, long month, long year.  Thirsting for more?  Devil’s Night is ideal for an Infusion of spirited nature.  Though this enchanted drink sips at the soul with lighter touch on the tongue, don’t let it fool you.  Its spirit still trickles through your veins, casting refreshing pleasure to dull the senses.

Infusion Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinInfusion – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon

Lipton Raspberry Pure Leaf Iced Tea

Lemon & Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build over ice in a highball glass.  Garnish with lemon wedge and maraschino cherries.  Sip responsibly.  This one goes down so easily it’s like getting an infusion of Jim Beam Bourbon without even knowing it.

Dawn of the Red Drink Recipe

Dawn of the Red Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinDawn of the Red – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam

3 ounce Tropicana Orange Juice

1 ounce Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build over ice in a highball glass.  Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Vampire Lust Drink Recipe

Creepy capes, fanged teeth dripping with blood and sleek black hair; this is how vampires were written into plot lines and movie scenes in days gone by.  Modern vampires have lost their touch with scripts of drama and teenage angst.  Where oh where have the coffins, capes and crosses gone?  The world misses a good lust worthy vampire.

Vampire Lust Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinVampire Lust – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 Large Scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

1 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam

Cherry Dr. Pepper

Place ice cream scoops in tall glass.  Pour Red Stag over the top of ice cream.  Top off with Cherry Dr. Pepper.  Dive in with the covetousness of a vampire in full blood thirst mode.

Wicked Rye Drink Recipe

It’s difficult being good when you’re dressed in a fringed flapper dress, fishnet stockings and stiletto shoes.  That’s the wickedly fabulous part of Halloween; dressing in costume, playing the part under pretense that it isn’t really you.  Oddly enough, the attire speaks volumes as to who the person is inside.  Be temptingly wicked and live the fantasy.

Wicked Rye Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinWicked Rye – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Teaspoon Absinthe

2 ounce Jim Beam Rye

1 Lemon Slice – Squeezed

2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Place crushed ice in an old fashioned glass. Drizzle absinthe around outer edges of ice.  Set aside.  Place Jim Beam Rye, fresh squeezed lemon juice and bitters in a mixing glass with ice.  Stir.  Make sure absinthe has coated bottom half of old fashioned glass and toss out.  Strain rye mixture into emptied old fashioned glass.  If the Wicked Rye is a little too tart for your taste, add a wee amount of simple syrup.  You’ll find Wicked Rye is simply a slight variation of the classic cocktail; Sazerac.

Bobbing for Red Apples Cocktail Recipe

Once upon a time Halloween was called Samhain in a few Gaelic languages.  The game of apple bobbing originated in a time when apples were associated with love and fertility.  It was believed that the first person from the group to bite into an apple would be the first person to marry.  If a young girl placed the apple she bobbed under her pillow that evening, it is said she would dream of the man she would marry.  It seems a bit simpler to walk into a bar, order a drink and start meeting people.  Don’t you think?

Bobbing for Red Apples Halloween Recipe copyright Cheri LoughlinBobbing for Red Apples – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam

1 ounce Dole Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce DaVinci Caramel Syrup

1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Tastes exactly like a caramel apple without all the oozing, drippy caramel.

Lobotomizer Drink Recipe

There are those cocktail recipes and drinks that slip down effortlessly one after the other.  By the time “Closing Time” rings out through the bar speakers there are already embarrassing photos posted on Facebook and misspelled jargon spewing on Twitter.  Someone is slurring, “I love you,” to all the wrong people and either forgetting to tip the bartender (never good) or handing over all their money to the bartender (they’ll leave you cab fare since you forgot to tip last time).  These are the cocktails that just taste so darn good someone always wants another.  But please, slow down and have a glass of water, tea or soda between drinks to keep your wits.

Lobotomizer Halloween Recipe copyright Cher LoughlinLobotomizer – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Jim Beam Black

1/2 ounce Amaretto

1/4 ounce DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps

1 ounce Apricot Nectar

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

Build over ice in a highball glass.  Goes down nice and easy.  Drink too many and you’ll feel like you just had a lobotomy.

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