The most menacing 2016 Halloween cocktail recipes you have to try

Halloween season is here in full force! But just because you've outgrown trick-or-treating doesn't mean you don't deserve a treat, or several. 

It's all about activated charcoal this year, used in everything from black ice cream to these themed cocktails to add another level of black magic. Shake up some boo-zy cocktails and get into the holiday spirit with these Halloween cocktail recipes that will get you scary drunk. Just don't get spooked when you're craving another round — they're that good. 

Perla Negra 

Perla NegraSource: Nick Vorderman

Created by bartender Jim Kearns for Slowly Shirley in New York City, this black cocktail is best served in a clear glass (skull-shaped, ideally), and is an excellent double straw addition to any couple's costume.


.5 tsp. activated charcoal

Garnish: 2oz Sorrel, votive candle, orchids and large straws

Method: Measure out the activated charcoal with a measuring spoon and put it into a shaker. Measure and add the rest of the ingredients — setting the sorrel aside for later — into the tin. Shake with about three large ice cubes. Strain over crushed ice into the skull bowl. Pack a lit votive candle into the crushed ice on top of the cocktail. Measure and pour sorrel around the candle and garnish

Heart of Darkness

Heart of DarknessSource: Paul Wagtouicz

Created by Courtney Colarik for Pouring Ribbons this cocktail as dark as your soul is seriously a black, boozy take on a margarita and yes, too many of these and you and your black tongue won't remember any of Halloweekend. 


1.5 oz Cimarrón Blanco Tequila

Method: Add ingredients to a shaker, add ice and quickly shake. Fine strain into a snifter glass, add crushed ice and garnish. 


DreamsicleSource: Mikey Pozarik

Created for a fast food vegan sensation by CHLOE, this scary-good cocktail fits into pretty much any diet. 


1 oz vanilla vodka

Method: In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Add a scoop of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

October Punch

October punchSource: The Third Man

Created by Daniel Bedoya at NYC Viennese-inspired cocktail bar The Third Man, this punch serves a group and can easily be ladled out into spooky pumpkin cups. 


32 oz of apple cider

Method: Throw all ingredients into a punch bowl, mix and stir with a ladle. Add ice to the top of the punch bowl and serve!