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Pulling off a great Halloween costume means getting into character. Here, cocktails worthy of pop culture icons, politicians and notorious horror movie villains.
Wonderlust: A mix of mind-altering absinthe with crème de violette yields a murky, dark purple pour.
Perfect for: Witches, Harry Potter characters and Freddy Krueger, the fedora-wearing serial killer who thrives on wild and vivid dreams.
Maple-Bourbon Smash: A richly flavored riff on an old-fashioned made with grade A maple syrup and bourbon.
Perfect for: Mounties, Toronto’s scandalous mayor Rob Ford and Michael Myers of the Halloween series. Between the colorless William Shatner mask and a name that’s easily confused with the Ontario-born comedian Mike Myers, this serial killer has to be Canadian.
Finding Nemo: A tropical rum drink spiked with bright blue Hpnotiq, garnished with Swedish Fish candies.
Perfect for: Walter White, in place of his signature blue meth; Finding Nemo characters and mermaids.
Pimm’s Cup: A classic cucumbery British cocktail made with Pimm’s No. 1.
Perfect for: Royal babies, Jay Gatsby and Pinhead, a British army officer turned sadistic demon.
Teddy Bear: A potent, smoky Scotch cocktail made with amaro and cream sherry.
Perfect for: Miley Cyrus (dressed for the VMAs in a teddy bear leotard), Ron “Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch” Burgundy and Teddy Roosevelt.
Hellfire Club Bloody Mary: A fiery Bloody Mary kicked up with fresh chile, black pepper and Tabasco.
Perfect for: Twilight vampires, Dracula; and Ghost Rider, who needs that heat to keep his head burning.
The Dark Side: A bold bourbon-based cocktail mixed with slightly bitter Bonal, fresh lime juice and orange bitters.
Perfect for: Darth Vader, storm troopers and Batman (a.k.a. the Dark Knight).
Zombie: A high-proof drink made with three different rums, pineapple juice and Velvet Falernum, an almond-and-lime-flavored liqueur that’s a key ingredient in many tiki drinks.
Perfect for: The Walking Dead walkers, Rob Zombie; and Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s II, in which he is a cursed corpse that dances when music plays.
Swamp Gas: A tart rum cocktail mixed with triple sec, fresh lime juice and a touch of tropical blue-tinted liqueur.
Perfect for: Duck Dynasty family members, Swamp Thing and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Iron Mine: A daiquiri variation made with rich and sweet cane syrup and a dash of Angostura bitters.
Perfect for: Iron Man, robots and Daft Punk.