The best way to pregame for Coloween 2023 is by mixing some class yet creepy cocktails for Halloween. It’s true: Halloween is that time of year where being anyone but yourself is completely acceptable and even encouraged. Whether you and your friends dress up as a group, fly solo as a sexy superhero or find a costume of your Game of Thrones character, taking on an alias is the holiday’s heartbeat. Why limit yourself to a night of change when your beverage of choice can also go incognito? Before you Frankenstein-walk to the best Halloween party in Denver, shake up your pregame menu by serving these classic cocktails with a creepy twist!
Creepy Cocktails for Halloween
1- The Zombini
Zombies are notorious for looking rather disgruntled and terrorizing anything or anyone that crosses their path. Despite this, they are creatures of immaculate taste when it comes to classic beverages. The zombini — a twist on the martini — is sure to be a pregame favorite among your walking dead guests.
Combine 2 ounce dark rum and 1/2 ounce dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with 2 gummy eyeballs on a toothpick.
2- Mummified Margarita
Let’s face the facts: ancient mummies knew that Denver’s own Curtis Hotel would set the stage for one of the best Halloween events in Denver in the modern era. After years and years of waiting for the party of the century, your mummified friends are busting out of the tombs. Quench their overdue thirst with the mummified margarita before heading over to the best Denver Halloween party 2023 has to offer.
Place 1 cup tequila, 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup simple syrup and ice cubes in a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is smooth. Set aside. Wrap pieces of old cloth around the stem of a margarita glass to resemble a mummy’s bandages. In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup corn syrup and 5–8 drops red gel food coloring. Dip the rim of the glass into mixture to mimic dripping blood. Pour margarita mixture into prepared glass and serve.
3- Bloody Mary
This spirited cocktail is perfect for sipping at your pre party before hitting up the Curtis Halloween Party known as Coloween. The bloody mary is often deemed as a hangover cure, and after a bitter and twisted night at the biggest halloween party in Denver, you’ll been begging for one. Warning: avoid mirrors when drinking a bloody mary…bloody mary…bloody mary…
In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounce vodka, 4 ounce tomato juice, 2–3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Shake and strain into glass over ice. Garnish with black salt around rim, stalk of celery and a lemon wheel.
4- A Transylvanian 75
Up your pregame game by serving a play on the French 75 — A Transylvanian 75. With notes of blood orange and vampari, otherwise known as campari, this deliciously rich concoction will have the blood suckers of your group foaming at the mouth.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together 1 ounce blood orange juice, 1 ounce gin, 1/2 ounce simple syrup and a splash of vampari (campari). Strain into chilled flute and top with champagne. Garnish with an orange slice and plastic vampire fangs.
5- Corpse Reviver #2
If the zombini isn’t cutting it for your living dead pregamers, try serving them the corpse reviver #2. This timeless drink isn’t for the faint of heart let alone anyone with a beating heart. With a medley of fine liqueurs, the corpse reviver #2 is equal parts deadly and delicious. It even has the power to awaken the dead!
In an ice-filled cocktail mixer, shake together 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce orange-flavored triple sec, 1 ounce lillet blanc, 1 ounce lemon juice and a dash of absinthe. Strain mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish with a dusting of skull-shaped sprinkles.
Creepy Cocktails for Halloween: check. Costumes: check. Pregame: check. It looks like you and your friends are ready for the 10th annual Halloween celebration! Still looking for things to do on Halloween in Denver? The answer is Coloween! This one-of-a-kind night summons Colorado’s seasoned party goers for a night full of live entertainment and performances, the best haunted houses the colorful state has to offer as well as a costume contest where the winner takes home a handsome $1,500 cash prize. Enjoy hauntingly delicious drinks from your kitchen to the open hotel bar — VIP bottle service available — as you and your friends monster mash the night away. Grab your tickets today before they vanish!