The Not-So Starving Student – Spooky Cocktails

Halloween simply isn’t complete without its share of themed food and drink items. But if you’re a busy AU student, the time-consuming preparation that goes into making delicious and artistic Halloween food cameos almost feels like a trick rather than a treat. To help you cater to your spooktacular house guests, or perhaps stimulate your taste buds at the minibar, we’ve compiled a list of themed drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that are sure to impress and simple to prepare.


  • This infamous drink is sure to set the mood for your festivities. The cocktail mix can be purchased from most supermarkets. Tequila or orange liqueur can be added to your liking. The second step allows you to get creative with food coloring. To create the spine-chilling slime, whisk some corn syrup and green coloring together and drizzle down the sizes of your glass. Lastly, watch your guests slowly gravitate towards this irresistible delight.
  • Non-alcoholic option: purchase margarita mix without adding the booze
  • Prep time: 8 minutes


Strawberry Die-quiri

  • If you’re like me you’re dying to serve these to your valued guests. This strawberry daiquiri can be made in under five minutes while the haunting decor can accomplish on your study break. Use a latex glove,as shown,
     to fill with water and food-coloring (optional) and throw it in your freezer. Before you open your door for the guests, throw the frozen palms into your daiquiri for a simple way to entertain. It will be sure to break the ice.
  • Non-alcoholic option: purchase the daiquiri mix without adding the booze
  • Prep time: 5 minutes (overnight with frozen palm)


H(eye) ball

  • For the perfect way to sculpt your eyeballs, purchase a can of lychee found in the ethnic aisle of most supermarkets and some wine or red grapes (another option is to use olives). Then stuff the grapes into the softened lychee to create the pupil of each eyeball. Finally, to concoct your high-ball, mix whisky, club soda and ice cubes.
  • Nonalcoholic option: replace whisky with any of your favorite soft drinks
  • Prep time: 15 minutes


Brewy Mary

  • It’s nothing new and there are no gimmicks with Mary or this drink. Just get standard Bloody Mary mix and follow the instructions. Instead you’re simply changing the presentation. Have empty baby food jars lying around? Or perhaps a mason jar? Use those to get creative with this effortless beverage. For a more boo-zy option, try adding vodka into the cocktail mix. For optional garnish, try using a single stalk of celery to mimic the stirring stick of a cauldron.
  • Non-alcoholic option: there’s no need to purchase the flavor mix if you can use the healthier option of tomato or clamato juice.
  • Prep time: 3 minutes


Pina Boo-lada

  • This drink is an instant crowd-magnet. The creamy, coconut and sugary flavors take you back to a tropical beach, or graveyard in our case. Start with some pina colada mix, white rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice. The best part is that you can skip the fruity garnishes and get creative with corn syrup again. This time mix red food coloring with corn syrup and drizzle along the sides of your glass. Serve chilled.
  • Non-alcoholic option: to achieve the pina colada taste use the premade mixture. However if you’re looking for healthier options, coconut milk and pineapple juice still creates a thick delicious texture
  • Prep time: 5 minutes to prep (60 minutes to chill)

As always, drink responsibly. A message from the ghoul-vernment of Canada.

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