updated 10/23/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/31/2012 AT 8:45 AM ET
“Now, I love Halloween, but let’s face it: spookalicious drinks usually suck,” Nadia Giosia, host of the Cooking Channel’s Nadia G.’s Bitchin’ Kitchen, tells PEOPLE. “They’re all looks, no substance. That’s fine when choosing a boyfriend, but not with cocktails!”
And because every candy-loving grownup could use a kick in their treat, Giosia has created two drinks to spice up your Halloween: a Tootsie Roll shooter that takes you back to those trick-or-treating glory days in one delectable shot, and a caramel apple punch for your bitchin’est Halloween party.
Watch Nadia G. as she shows you how to make her super-simple Halloween cocktails and get the easy recipes below.
Tootsie Roll Shooter
It smells – and tastes – just like that standby Halloween sweet
1 oz. espresso vodka (recipe calls for Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka)
1 oz. orange juice
0.5 oz. chocolate liqueur
Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker
Strain into 2 shot glasses and serve.
Caramel Apple Punch
Like biting into your favorite candied fruit – without the mess!
2½ cups caramel vodka (recipe calls for Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka)
3 cups old-fashioned apple juice
4 cinnamon sticks
1 750 ml bottle sparkling apple cider, chilled
2 apples, thinly sliced
Pour apple juice into a small saucepan with a cinnamon stick
Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let cool
Fill a large punch bowl with ice
Pour in caramel vodka and cooled apple juice
Add the remaining cinnamon sticks
Top with sparkling apple cider and float apple slices on top as a garnish.