2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. dry gin

1/2 oz. dry vermouth

1 tbsp. tequila

Pinch of salt

2 oz. tomato juice

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and serve.

Every Halloween costume, party or trick-or-treat outing can be made just a little bit more fun with the perfect drink. Though murky cauldrons of witchy punch are the traditional Halloween fare, the Vampire’s Kiss allows you to take part in the seasonal festivities while risking the terror of drinking unknown concoctions. Vampire’s Kiss is a potent cocktail capable of producing a swoon in any unsuspecting victim. The drink should have a deep red color. The salt adds a flavor reminiscent enough of blood that it will make you shudder. Best of all, the cocktail leaves you with stained, dripping red lips. Roasted pumpkin seeds, candied apples and—of course—mini chocolate bars are all good accompaniments for this concoction. Buffy fans, Dracula lovers and Halloween aficionados alike will appreciate a round of this spooky cocktail. So enjoy a night full of witches, goblins and ghouls, but don’t neglect the spirits.