The best cocktails for a Halloween night are often a little more than just a cocktail on the rocks.
The cocktails need to be something unique that appeals to a specific taste, mood and season, said Andrew Stitt, co-owner of The Stitt’s Daiquiri Shop, which opened in New Orleans last year.
He also recommends the bartender should keep the cocktail list fairly small and avoid mixing too many drinks together, as a person can be too distracted by the other party members.
“It’s a little bit like going to the doctor, the doctor should have the same cocktail, the bartender shouldn’t mix too many,” Stitt said.
“You can’t have a cocktail and not have the other people have the cocktail.
They need to have a good mix and then have fun with it.”
The bartender also needs to keep a close eye on how many people are in the bar, as well as the size of the room.
“If you have too many people, they get too loud,” Stitz said.
To keep the bar’s vibe a little less festive, he recommends keeping the lights off in favor of lighting up the bar at night.
The Stitches Daiquiris & Spirits also has a number of themed cocktails, like the Black Tie Halloween cocktail that has a mix of blackberry, vanilla bean, rum, bourbon and sparkling wine.
It also has two themed cocktails with blackberry cream, which has a cream-infused vodka, cranberry, lime juice, sugar, orange zest and honeycomb base.
“I think the black tie is a really nice idea,” Stett said.
He suggested mixing in a light rum shot with a light lemonade shot and a lime twist.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous, the Black Friday cocktail is a blackberry bourbon-infusion cocktail with ginger ale and a dark rum base.
It’s a fun way to mix it up, Stitt added.
And the best thing about Halloween, he said, is that the drinks are affordable and fun.
“The bar is going to be packed for it,” he said.
Check out the list of the best Halloween cocktails for 2018 below.