• Jake Sawyer

4 Spooky Pandemic-Era Cocktails

This year, Halloween is going to be different. So naturally, we decided to create some of the spookiest cocktails you could ever imagine. Just type “Trick or Treat” into the Handoff app to browse easy cocktails with a pandemic-era twist.

What pops into your head when you think about Halloween?


Jack-o-lanterns, witches, and candy?


Your weird neighbors front-yard Hollywood horror movie set?


The Boogeyman, ghosts, and the endlessly terrifying pumpkin in the white house?


If you’re like us, your answer is probably all of the above… but this year is different. This year, fear is very real. This year, Halloween is going to be different. So naturally, we decided to create some of the spookiest cocktails you could ever imagine.

Each cocktail is named for one of the very real, pandemic-era fears we’ve been facing every day.


The major perk of getting cocktails delivered is that you don’t have to feel these fears when you drink in the comfort of your own home.


Just type Trick or Treat” into the Handoff app to browse easy cocktails with a pandemic-era twist. But be warned… some of the drinks might genuinely make you scream! If you’re going to scream, please be sure to put on your mask beforehand.


Let's get to it!



4 Spooky Pandemic-Era Cocktails 👻



5 Feet Apart Punch 😷


We all know social distancing guidelines… but it seems like there’s always the one who didn’t get the memo. 6 feet is the standard, so this cocktail pays homage to the frighteningly stupid people out there who are only 5 feet away (or less… yikes!) and scaring the crap out of everyone in line.

  • 1 750ml bottle Titos (or Everclear for the crazy folks out there)

  • ½ jug of cranberry juice

  • 1-liter bottle of Canada Dry Ginger Ale

  • Stir together in a punch bowl

  • Add Ice

  • (optional) Cut up lemons to float in the punch

PSA: If someone is invading your 6-foot bubble, get out your handy-dandy measuring tape and show them where they’re going wrong.


Awkward Elbow Handshake 🤝


Pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. This drink was created for those terrifying moments when someone you’ve never met goes in for a handshake and you have no choice but to keep your hands to yourself and toss them an elbow bump to avoid the COVID monster.

  • 2 oz Tequila

  • ½-1 oz. Grenadine

  • 2 oz. Lime Juice

  • Shake and strain over ice into a high ball glass

  • Top with Sprite

Challenge: Drink this cocktail using only your elbows.


Antibody Elixir 💉


Unfortunately, this cocktail doesn’t generate antibodies (our scientists in the Handoff Lab are still working on it), but it does offer a little extra vodka in each drink so you can become calm in the face of chaos.

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • ½ oz Grenadine

  • Top with Sprite

  • Stir together with ice

We’ll be sure to let you know when we’ve created a true antibody-infused, immunizing cocktail! We think the trick might be more vodka...


Sneezing in the Produce Aisle 🤧


Sometimes the moment arises when you get that scary, uncomfortable tickle in the back of your nose… ah… ahh… ahhhhCHOO! You just cleared out the entire grocery store and spoiled a months worth of fresh produce. Eeeek! There’s no worse place to sneeze right now than the produce aisle of the grocery store. Even the tomatoes are scared of a sneeze these days… anyway, here’s the cocktail.

  • ½ can Hard Apple Cider

  • 1 oz Bourbon

  • Dash of Lemonade

  • Shake and strain over ice

Hint: If you feel a sneeze coming on, rub the top of your head to stop the sneeze before it erupts through the corners of your face mask.


Have some spooky pandemic-era cocktail ideas? Email cheers@handofftech.com with your most frightening cocktail names, and we’ll be sure to feature your goosebump-riddled drinks on our Instagram @handofftech.


Happy Halloween and don’t forget to wear a mask!

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