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1. Black Devil Martini

Dark & mysterious… use dark rum and a black olive garnish to give this drink its midnight hue. Orange sugar on the rim will add some Halloween spice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • Black olive

Preparation: Stir and strain into chilled martini glass, garnish with olive.

Recipe courtesy American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois in Chicago, fineliving.com

2. Vampire Cocktail

Scream with fright and delight drinking this vanilla ice cream, tripe sec and white crème de cacao concoction with grenadine blood dripping down the sides of the glass.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. white creme de cacao
  • Drizzle of grenadine

Preparation: Blend all ingredients except grenadine until smooth, pour into a stemmed cocktail glass. Drizzle grenadine over top.

Recipe courtesy American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois in Chicago, fineliving.com

3. Cemetery Slime Punch

Even goblins may be grossed out at this grave yard worm punch.  Non-alcoholic, with diet root beer and frozen yogurt it won’t add to the sugar highs of the young ones.

Ingredients: Serves 12-15

  • 2 liters diet root beer
  • 24 gummy worms, plus more if desired
  • 1 pint low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 pint low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt

Preparation: Arrange the gummy worms in a 12-compartment ice tray, letting them hang out over the edges of the tray. Fill with root beer and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

With a small ice cream scoop, fill the bottom of a one gallon punch bowl with scoops of both frozen yogurts, using the full container of each. Very slowly fill the punch bowl with root beer; it will foam up.

Float the wormy ice cubes in the top of the punch. Fill each punch cup with a scoop of ice cream and an ice cube. Float additional worms on top of the punch or in each glass.

Recipe courtesy Wes Martin, New York, N.Y., fineliving.com

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