The most menacing 2016 Halloween cocktail recipes you have to try

The most menacing 2016 Halloween cocktail recipes you have to try
Source: Nick Vorderman
Source: Nick Vorderman

Halloween season is here in full force! But just because you've outgrown trick-or-treating doesn't mean you don't deserve a treat, or several. 

It's all about activated charcoal this year, used in everything from black ice cream to these themed cocktails to add another level of black magic. Shake up some boo-zy cocktails and get into the holiday spirit with these Halloween cocktail recipes that will get you scary drunk. Just don't get spooked when you're craving another round — they're that good. 

Perla Negra 

Perla Negra
Source: 
Nick Vorderman

Created by bartender Jim Kearns for Slowly Shirley in New York City, this black cocktail is best served in a clear glass (skull-shaped, ideally), and is an excellent double straw addition to any couple's costume.

Ingredients: 

.5 tsp. activated charcoal
1oz kalamansi
1oz orange juice
.5 oz honey
.5 oz ginger
1oz Arrack
2oz Sta. Teresa 1796

Garnish: 2oz Sorrel, votive candle, orchids and large straws

Method: Measure out the activated charcoal with a measuring spoon and put it into a shaker. Measure and add the rest of the ingredients — setting the sorrel aside for later — into the tin. Shake with about three large ice cubes. Strain over crushed ice into the skull bowl. Pack a lit votive candle into the crushed ice on top of the cocktail. Measure and pour sorrel around the candle and garnish

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
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Paul Wagtouicz

Created by Courtney Colarik for Pouring Ribbons this cocktail as dark as your soul is seriously a black, boozy take on a margarita and yes, too many of these and you and your black tongue won't remember any of Halloweekend. 

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz Cimarrón Blanco Tequila
.5 oz Koch Espadin Mezcal
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Agave Syrup
2 tsp. Activated Charcoal Raspberry Preserves ( Mix 370 grams of raspberry preserves with 5 tsp. of activated charcoal and blend with an immersion blender)
1 dash Bittermens Mole bitters

Method: Add ingredients to a shaker, add ice and quickly shake. Fine strain into a snifter glass, add crushed ice and garnish. 

Dreamsicle

Dreamsicle
Source: 
Mikey Pozarik

Created for a fast food vegan sensation by CHLOE, this scary-good cocktail fits into pretty much any diet. 

Ingredients: 

1 oz vanilla vodka
2.5 oz Orange juice
1.5 oz Vegan half and half
.5 tsp Activated charcoal

Method: In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Add a scoop of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

October Punch

October punch
Source: 
The Third Man

Created by Daniel Bedoya at NYC Viennese-inspired cocktail bar The Third Man, this punch serves a group and can easily be ladled out into spooky pumpkin cups. 

Ingredients:

32 oz of apple cider
12 oz spiced rum
4 oz Cream Capataz Andres Lustau Sherry
7 oz blood orange juice
4 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz Allspice Dram Liqueur
4 cinnamon sticks
2 lemons, cut into wheels
2 blood oranges, cut into wheels
2 apples, cut into small squares 

Method: Throw all ingredients into a punch bowl, mix and stir with a ladle. Add ice to the top of the punch bowl and serve! 

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Melissa Kravitz

Melissa Kravitz is a contributor for Mic. Her work has appeared on Thrillist, Mashable, Elite Daily, Time Out, Refinery29, Gothamist, Racked and more.

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