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Halloween cocktails that are so sophisticated it's spooky

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course

Halloween is finally here, and nothing makes fake blood, gore and scary stories easier to take than a cocktail or two.

These sophisticated Halloween drinks from mixologist Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole will make your night a whole lot of fun, whether you're at a party, handing out candy or waiting to egg obnoxious teenagers hanging out in the cemetery.

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist/design by Liz Smith/SheKnows

1. Up in Flames recipe (inspired by pyrophobia — the fear of fire)

Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Maker's 46
  • 3/4 part lemon juice
  • 3/4 part grilled peach sherbet*
  • 2 – 3 mint leaves, for garnish
  • Ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice, and strain into a rocks glass.
  2. Garnish with mint leaves, and top off the drink by flaming ground cinnamon.

*Sherbet recipe

  1. Grill 2 – 3 peaches (or any seasonal fruit) until nicely charred.
  2. Mix the peaches in a blender with equal parts white sugar, and strain.

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2. Berry Transfusion recipe (inspired by hemophobia — the fear of blood)

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist

Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts Ménage à Trois Berry Vodka
  • 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 part crème de cassis
  • 1/2 part beet grenadine*
  • Gooseberries and mint, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake the vodka, lemon juice and crème de cassis with ice, and strain into a stemless wineglass filled with crushed ice.
  2. Top with beet grenadine.
  3. Garnish with gooseberries and mint.

*Beet grenadine recipe

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of concentrated beet juice, 1-1/2 cups of pomegranate juice and 2 cups of sugar, and reduce until the mixture becomes a syrup.

3. The Gravedigger recipe (inspired by necrophobia — the fear of death)

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist

Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts Cruz Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 part mezcal
  • 3/4 part Fino sherry
  • 1/2 part pear liqueur

Directions:

  1. Stir together the ingredients, and strain over large ice cubes.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional).

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4. Midnight's Shadow recipe (inspired by achluophobia — the fear of darkness)

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist

Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts espresso- or coffee-infused Sugar Island Spiced Rum*
  • 1/2 part ginger beer
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • Candied ginger, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake the espresso- or coffee-infused rum and lime juice over ice, and strain into a Collins glass.
  2. Top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and candied ginger.

*Espresso- or coffee-infused spiced rum recipe

  1. Mix 1/4 cup of ground espresso or coffee with room-temperature Sugar Island Spiced Rum.
  2. Let the mixture soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain, and set aside.

5. The Wicked Web Tonic recipe (inspired by arachnophobia — the fear of spiders)

5 chic Halloween cocktails that tap into your dark side... in a playful way, of course
Image: Andrew Kist

Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
  • 3 dashes celery bitters
  • Herbal tonic water (such as Fever-Tree)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish
  • Cubed ice

Directions:

  1. Pour the tequila into a Collins glass over ice. Top with tonic water, and stir.
  2. Add dashes of celery bitters, and garnish with fresh rosemary.
  3. For festive ice, freeze overnight with toy spiders or other "insects."

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