What are Cocktails Shrubs & How to Use Them
By Laura Fagan Published October 2022
Gone are the days when kids walk up to doors and ring the doorbell on Halloween. If you don’t set up a table in your driveway, your house might just get skipped! And have you noticed adults are joining in on the trick-or treat-fun?
If you’re looking to show your neighbors your seasonal spirit, you might want to consider setting up a driveway adult trick-or-treating station with boozy treats and drinks for the grown-ups who grace your haunted house’s doorstep. We promise you’ll be the most popular address on the block!
Besides, who says Halloween is just for the kiddos? Give the neighborhood something to talk about and be the house to remember this Halloween. Check out our four ghoulishly good ideas to create a driveway adult trick-or-treating station and tips for what you can pass out to participate.
Reminder: Before your haunted evening begins, make sure to clearly mark which treats are for adults only and keep them separated far away from the kiddos’ candy bowl.
Boozy Candies and Desserts
We all remember that one house that gave out full-sized candy bars at Halloween when we were kids. Now that you’re an adult, you can even top that house. As all the parents patiently escort their little goblins and ghoulies, why not hand out the best adult sips and sweets to keep them going well past witching hour? Try brewing up one of our favorite boozy candies or dessert recipes below to hand out on Halloween:
This bourbon spiked treat is decadent and delicious. Even better, the pecan on top makes these Maker’s Mark Bourbon Balls look like evil eyes. Seasonal and sinister! With a combination of chocolate, bourbon-soaked pecans and butter, this is an eerie dessert that any grown-up would gladly say trick-or-treat for.Get Recipe
Apple pie is one of the most iconic tastes of the fall season, and these gelatin cups are Halloween game changers. Not only are they handheld (no plate or fork required), they also deliver the nostalgic taste of apple pie along with a sweet bourbon kick for all your adult trick-or-treaters. Just keep a can of whipped cream on ice to garnish the cups for all your costumed visitors.Get Recipe
This one’s for everyone who can’t resist gummy worms, bears, rings and more. These jelly candies are colorful, tasty and oh-so boozy. Chopin Vodka is a pure, single-ingredient vodka that acts as the perfect spirit for these sugary treats. Just pop them in a spooky themed mold and you’re good to go!Get Recipe
Fireball might just be the official spirit of Halloween. It’s spicy, sweet and bites back! These Fireball hard candies are blood red and boozy, making them a great option to pass out to parents. Once these adult candies are cooled and coated with confectioner’s sugar, they can be easily bagged for driveway distribution.Get Recipe
A Mixture of Mini Bottles
You’re never too old to trick-or-treat, so this Halloween we recommend stocking a mini bottle bowl for all the trick-or-treaters over 21. We’ve got the best selection of spirit staples and seasonally inspired mini bottles to hand out for quick sips. Check out our mini bottle recommendations that are perfect for Halloween night:
Batch Cocktail Pre-Portioned into To-Go Cups
Spooky treats and colorful candies are great to have for the kids on Halloween, but what about the adults shouting, “Say thank you!” from the sidewalk? They need something to sip on!
A batch cocktail is a fantastic option, as it can easily be pre-made and then portioned into to-go cups. Or you can use a cauldron punch bowl and pour into to-go cups as you meet and greet your ghostly guests. Try one of our favorite Halloween batch cocktails, a Pinnacle Blood Moon Punch – it's fizzy, fruity and a little spooky:
What You’ll Need:
1, 750mL bottle of Pinnacle Original Vodka
16 ounces triple sec
16 ounces pineapple juice
16 ounces orange juice
Add vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice and orange juice to a large bowl or pitcher and mix together. Top with sparkling wine and drizzle with a strawberry or raspberry puree as garnish.
If this batch cocktail doesn’t speak to your spook, turn any of our Halloween recipes into a batch drink for your neighbors.
Stocked Cooler with Canned Cocktails
Remember how much fun it was bobbing for apples? The excitement, the challenge and, of course, sweet victory! Well, we’re running with that fall festival idea, but swapping canned cocktails for apples (and hands for teeth). The best part? All you need is a cooler, ice and your favorite selection of refreshing canned cocktails.
Not sure which canned cocktail is best for your driveway cooler? Check out our video trying and rating 11 of them: