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Halloween is horrifying indeed. This is the season that should mortify most mixologists and have cocktail enthusiasts hiding scared in their closet. Why? Because you'll be bombarded, once again, with corny puns and goopy, seasonal cocktails that not only challenge the palate but challenge one's better sense. I simply don't want a "ghoulish treat," or "spooktacular cocktail" made with pumpkin puree and candy corns rimming the glass. Call me old fashioned (actually, an Old Fashioned sounds nice).
The remedy is simple. Have a glass of Scotch. But for those who insist on taking the path of holiday-themed cocktails, I have never let you down before and won't now. There are many cocktails that fit the theme and are classics too. Made well, these drinks transcend all the holiday silliness and allow you to drink with dignity.
What would Halloween be without a Corpse Reviver? The more popular of the Corpse Revivers, version #2, is served at most cocktail bars, but the original has more of a seasonal feel with brandy as the base. The recipe on Cocktail Database includes champagne, which I heartily approve of, but beware of adding too much commercial grenadine--it sweetens up a rather balanced drink quickly.