It’s official. Well, mostly…

As I emerged from ASL Class last night, I realized that what was falling from the sky wasn’t just rain, Spiderbut snow. Buffalo got its first snowfall of the season last night. It didn’t last long at all and I won’t deny that I’m happy it didn’t stick – despite my love for winter and snow-related activities. Even I am quite content to wait for Mother Nature to arrive at my doorstep in heaping piles of white. I mean, it’s not even Halloween yet. It’s just too soon.

This whole business of Halloween and snow (or at least cold, rainy weather) floods my mind in a rush of memories. I remember trick-or-treating quite a few times on those cold, damp, rainy or even snowy Halloween nights of long ago. Frankly, it sucked and not just because the wet made the freshly fallen leaves smell and look gross but the sound of slush being kicked around going door-to-door really seemed to dampen everyone’s spirits.

There was always the inevitable argument with Mom and Dad about having to wear a jacket over my costume or haul around an umbrella. (Batman use an umbrella? Inconceivable!) After all, how was anyone supposed to see my super cool costume or know what I was dressed as if I was all bundled-up? Still, I would always try to put my costume over my jacket, but that never seemed to work in my favor. Either it was impossible to attempt or it looked completely and utterly ridiculous.

The payoff for braving the cold, wet weather was always the candy or at least getting to stay up late on a school night. Of course, there was always the consequence of developing a serious case of the sniffles or a sour tummy in the days that followed. In the end, it was all worth it. Every kid knows that.

Now that I’m a bit more grown up the means by which I celebrate Halloween have become more festive, more adult, and certainly more fun. I can still dress up in a costume and hang out with my friends, but now I can have a few cocktails and scare the s#!t out of trick-or-treaters when they come by the house begging for handouts. Who says kids get all the fun? [Insert sinister smirk here]

And so, to you my fellow grown-up Halloweenies, I’d like to share a heaping pile of Treats to help your Halloween get off on the right foot, especially if you’re hosting a party. Here are 13 frighteningly potent potions that are sure to make your Halloween party a killer one:

Arise My Love

1 tsp Créme de Menthe (green)
Champagne (chilled)

Put Créme de Menthe in a champagne flute and fill with champagne.

½ oz Créme de Cacao
1 oz Créme de Banana
½ oz light cream

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
Black Magic

1½ oz vodka
¾ oz coffee liqueur
Dash lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail glass. Stir and serve.
Buzzard’s Breath (shot)

½ oz amaretto
½ oz peppermint schnapps
½ oz coffee liqueur

Stir with ice. Strain and serve in a shot glass.

1½ oz tequila
¾ oz Créme de Cassis
½ oz lime juice
Ginger ale

Shake all ingredients and strain into a Collins glass. Top with ginger ale.

½ oz vodka
½ oz gin
½ oz 151
½ oz tequila
½ oz triple sec
½ oz scotch
½ oz bourbon
Beer (ale)

Pour all ingredients into a pint glass. Fill to the top with equal parts beer and stout.
Headless Horseman

2 oz vodka
3 dashes bitters
Ginger ale

Pour vodka and bitters into a Collins glass. Top with ginger ale and stir.

2 oz apple brandy
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup or superfine sugar

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

1½ oz gin
½ oz Madiera
½ oz cherry brandy
1 tsp orange juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

1½ oz light rum
½ spiced rum
Lemon juice
Lemon-lime soda

Pour rums into a cocktail shaker, filled with ice. Fill with equal parts lemon juice and lemon-lime soda. Shake well and serve in a Collins glass.
Voo Doo (floater)

½ oz coffee liqueur
½ oz Irish cream
½ oz dark rum

Pour coffee liqueur into a double shot glass. Carefully float Irish cream, followed by dark rum on top.
Widow’s Kiss

2 oz apple brandy
1 oz Chartreuse
1 oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

1 tsp brown sugar
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz passion fruit juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 oz gold rum
1 oz 151
1 oz white rum

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine all ingredients. Shake, strain and serve in a hurricane or Collins glass.

ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO… Please remember that while we all love werewolves, vampires, goblins, zombies, and other horrific creatures during this time of year, we don’t want to see any you or anyone else become real ghosts, so please drink responsibly.

Cheers and Happy Haunting!



  • Hannah October 23, 2008 @ 10:16am

    DAMN ED! The Graveyard seems aptly named for sure. Perhaps I’ll dabble in that monstrosity this weekend 😛

  • Ed October 23, 2008 @ 12:48pm

    Yeah, I have the distinct impression that it’s VERY aptly named. I’m DEFINITELY gonna be serving some up this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes – IF I can remember next Monday. 😛 😉

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