Halloween is fast approaching, and with it come fall parties, get-togethers, and the familiar competition to find a delicious accessory for your Halloween festivities before they even begin.
If you’re in trouble, never fear – we’ve put together the best cocktails and desserts for all your last-minute needs. Use our tips to make sure to impress your guests or host – and don’t forget your costume on your way out.
Here are our top picks for the best homemade drinks and desserts to make this tough season:
With its mysterious swirl base, dramatic cups and images of flying spider eggs, this drink is sure to scare and impress your guests in equal measure. They are relatively easy to make, which means you can scare your friends without bothering with a complicated recipe.
– Pearls of tapioca
Shallow cocktail glasses
– Liqueur coffee
– Vanilla liqueur
Prepare the tapioca pearls in advance, and boil them in a ratio of 5:1 of water to the pearls. Fill glasses with ice and pour pearls over them, so that they resemble spider eggs on top of the drink. For an extra boost of flavor, add flavored juices like vanilla or caramel. Finally, add coffee and vanilla liquor and fill the glass to the brim. For a non-alcoholic alternative, substitute a coffee drink for black coffee or tea and a vanilla liqueur with milk or coffee creamer. Once prepared, serve immediately.
Roasted apple cider
Mulled apple juice is always a staple when it comes to dripping drinks. Although making your own pot takes one to two hours, the time spent simmering will pay off in taste—and your kitchen will smell great for the rest of the day as an added bonus.
Store-bought apple juice
– sliced lemon
Two tablespoons of honey
– Four cinnamon sticks
– 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves and anise
– Cups or other heat-resistant cups
Combine the apple juice, spices, lemon slices, and honey in a large saucepan or slow cooker. Simmer on low heat for about an hour on the stove, or two hours if using a slow cooker. Serve hot in glasses with a cinnamon stick and a slice or two of lemon for garnish. If you’re hosting, keep rum, brandy, or bourbon on hand for guests who want to raise their glasses. This delicious drink can also be made ahead of time to have on hand for your next Halloween party pickle – just refrigerate the cider and reheat it when you need it.
For a spooky vibe, try this drink to add some freaky fun to your night. With its effervescent base, splash of color, and the mild horror factor of fake blood, the Nurse Ratched Cocktail is the perfect blend of tacky, creepy and interactive.
– A clear alcoholic drink such as vodka tonic or hard seltzer
Instead, replace it with a clear soda like 7Up or Sprite
Dark red juice such as cranberry, pomegranate, or cherry
Plastic syringes (available at most pharmacies)
– tall cocktail glasses
First, add ice to your tall cocktail glass before pouring your clear drink of choice, such as vodka or gin with tonic water or clear soda. Reserve plenty of room at the top of the glass for the scary star to display. Next, draw the red juice into the syringe and put the body into the cups without pressing the plunger. The syringe body should rest against the edge of the glass with the plunger side up. Serve immediately, allowing your guests to squeeze blood red juice into the drink to add a boost of color, flavor, and cream to their drinks.
Oreo and strawberry witch hats
These simple and fun hats may be more cute than scary, but they’ll make a great and appetizing option for your next Halloween get-together. Just melt some chocolate, add some frosting, and you’re ready to grab your broom and head out for a night in Salem.
Melting chocolate or wafers in brown, black or your favorite color
– Frosting in colors like violet, green and orange
– Butter paper
Begin by melting the chocolate in the microwave, heating in 30-second intervals until smooth. Next, dip the Oreos into the melted chocolate, covering it evenly. Place the chocolate covered Oreos on the parchment paper. Cut pieces of strawberry to form cones and dip the strawberry into the melted chocolate. After the berries are evenly coated, place one on top of each Oreo with the pointed ends. Once the chocolate is dry, add the frosting to make a ribbon around the base of the cone and a buckle to replicate the witch’s hat.
Spider biscuit with peanut butter
These spider cookies are adorable and elegant at the same time, making them the perfect treat for any Halloween occasion. This recipe is a great, simple, and quick way to decorate store-bought cookie mixes, adding a little more fun to a basic recipe.
Store-bought peanut butter cookie mix
Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
– candy eyes
– Chocolate powder
– Piping bag
First, bake store-bought peanut butter cookies using the directions on the package. Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, press the cup of frozen peanut butter upside down on top of each cookie. The chocolate should begin to soften once each candy has been assembled. Press candy eyes into the front of a peanut butter cup. Once the cookies have cooled, use a piping bag to draw eight spider legs on each side of a peanut butter cup with chocolate frosting. Serve immediately or store for later and place in an airtight container until serving.
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