Sip ‘n’ scream: Spooktastic movie and cocktail pairings
As Oct. 31 approaches and Halloween invites plague your Facebook event queue, The Scene has put together some deliciously spooky movie and cocktail pairings to delight even the most cowardly of party guests.
Please remember to drink responsibly and only consume alcohol if you are 21+.
“Hocus Pocus” (1993) and a Black Flame Cocktail
As one of my favorite Halloween movies, “Hocus Pocus” deserves an equally special cocktail. This orange and black-colored beverage features layers of orange juice and black vodka. Be warned though, this is more than your average screwdriver; in fact, it is completely bewitching.
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 ½ ounces black vodka
- ½ ounce triple sec
- Combine triple sec and orange juice into a glass
- Slowly pour the black vodka on top of the orange juice and triple sec mixture, so the juice settles on top
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and Zombie Brain Shooters
I love zombies, you love zombies, we all love zombies. The perfect compliment to “Night of the Living Dead” is a Bloody Brain Shooter. For those who ever questioned what life is like as a zombie, enjoy this classic shot with an interesting twist: a curdled cream “brain”.
- 1 ¼ ounces cherry vodka
- ⅛ ounce lime juice
- ¾ ounce Irish Cream
- Mix vodka and lime juice into a glass
- Using a straw, dip the concoction into the Irish Cream and cover the other end with your finger to trap the cream inside
- Place the straw inside of the vodka and lime juice and slowly release your finger to create a strand of the cream
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are able to build a “brain”
“The Addams Family” (1991) and a Morticia-Rita
As a nod to my #womancrushwednesday, Morticia Addams, a Morticia-Rita hits the spot. Her name, derived from the Latin word for death, provides inspiration for this margarita spinoff. With red slime dripping down the sides, this drink is simply to die for.
- ½ cup lime juice
- 1 cup club soda
- ¾ cup tequila
- 3 ounces triple sec
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- red food coloring
- Mix together cornstarch and food coloring
- Dip the rim of the glass into the slime and invert to let the liquid slide down the sides of the glass
- Mix tequila, lime juice and triple sec
- Pour into a glass until it is about ¾ full
- Top off with club soda
“Halloween” (2007) and a Michael Myers Martini
For this psychological thriller, contemplate the dark side of humanity with a Michael Myers Martini. Featuring black raspberries and vodka, this cocktail just might bring out your own dark side.
- 3 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce black raspberry liqueur
- lemon twist for garnish
- Mix vodka and black raspberry in a shaker with ice
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish with a lemon twist
“Halloweentown” (1998) and a Pumpkin Apple Spice Cocktail
There are some things that we all consider our guilty pleasures. For the month of October, it happens to be Halloweentown and anything with pumpkin spice. During this spooky season, kick back and relax with life’s simple joys.
- 1 ½ ounces pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ ounce vodka
- ⅛ ounce vanilla extract
- 2 ounces apple cider
- 1 ½ ounces spiced ginger ale
- Mix pumpkin purée, vodka, vanilla and apple cider
- Pour into a glass until it is almost full
- Top off with spiced ginger ale
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966) and a Halloween Hot Cocoa
Though not scary, creepy or gory, this childhood movie will always have a spot on my list. Keeping with the theme of childhood favorites, this drink is both non-alcoholic and surprisingly colorful. The Halloween Hot Cocoa offers a cool treat with a simple, tasty twist.
- 1 packet of your favorite hot cocoa mix
- Orange food coloring
- 1/2 Pumpkin spice syrup (optional)
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Halloween-colored sprinkles (optional)
- Follow instructions on hot cocoa packet to make your favorite hot chocolate
- Add in orange food coloring to your liking
- Add in 1/2 pump of pumpkin spice syrup (optional)
- Top it off with whipped cream and Halloween sprinkles (optional)