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Scary Spirits for your Haunted House Party!

NAIT students know how to put the Ook in spOOKy season! With social gatherings restricted to a maximum of 10 vaccinated people for Halloween this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to put in a little extra effort on your sinister snacks and décor! So we’ve come up with a few drink recipes that will take your fearsome fête beyond the grave!

Black Magic Margarita

Black Magic Margarita

This recipe takes a classic cocktail, and adds a little food colouring to make it eerie and ghoulish!


  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 4 oz lime juice
  • Black food colouring
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • Black food colouring (gel icing colour is ideal)
  • Ice
  • Lime pinwheels

First, prepare your glass. Mix the coarse salt with ONE drop of the black food colouring to turn it black/dark grey. If you need to make it a bit darker, you can add another drop but don’t overdo it or the salt will start to dissolve. Once the salt has been coloured, put it on a small plate that is big enough to fit the mouth of your glassware. Coat the rim of the glass in lime juice and then dip it in the salt, then set it aside. 

Next, add some ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and black food colouring. Shake until it’s well mixed. Add more food colouring to obtain the desired colour effect and shake again as needed. 

Once combined, add fresh ice to your glass, taking care not to disturb the salt rim. With a strainer over your shaker, pour the mixture into your glass and add the lime pinwheel as a garnish, either by floating it on top, or making a cut to the center so you can set it on the rim.

Red Venom

Red Venom Spritz

This easy-to-make drink is so refreshing, it will take you to the underworld… or you can just make our non-alcoholic version!


  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz blackberry pomegranate juice
  • 6 oz sparkling wine (white or rose)

Fill a glass with ice, add vodka and juice, and top up with sparkling wine. For a non-alcoholic version, just leave out the vodka and use non-alcoholic sparkling wine! We garnished with a few decorative spiders, but arachnophobes can float a blackberry or two instead!

Zombie Shot

Zombie Shots

These aren’t your regular frat house Halloween shots… these undead party starters will glow in the dark when exposed to a UV black light!


  • 2 cups tonic water, divided in half
  • 2 packages of Jell-O or similar
  • 1 cup water, divided in half
  • 1 cup vodka, divided in half

These shots will need to be made several hours before your party, so make sure you plan accordingly. To make the first colour layer, Add 1 cup of tonic water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Next, add one package of Jell-O and whisk until the powder is dissolved. Remove from heat and add ½ cup of water, and ½ cup of vodka. Pour into shot glasses, filling them halfway and place them in the refrigerator to set for ~30 minutes. Once they have set, repeat the previous steps with the second package of Jell-O, and fill the second half of the shot glasses. Return the shots to the fridge and let them set fully, usually two to three hours.

Note: We used green and yellow for zombie shots, but you can choose any colour/flavour Jell-O you like for this recipe including orange and yellow (like candy corn!) or whatever you like best!

Now that you have three easy fun ideas for Halloween drinks taken care of, you can go put the finishing touches on your costume. Remember to have a fun and safe Halloween, and always drink responsibly!