Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week we’re doing our best to stay clear of gimmicky Halloween packaging (we’ve seen some scary stuff out there) by sticking with spooky drinks that will still be bewitchingly appropriate come November 1. Join us for a boozy happy hour treat—no tricks.

Perro Malo, by Futura
Instead of a “party animal,” this mezcal is classing it up with a darker inspiration. Designed around the “hell hound” that guards the underworld of Greek mythology, the matte black bottle sports a pared-down aesthetic that underscores the lust-worthy wax seal. Consider this proof that you can do edgy sans grit.
(Via The Dieline)

Lost Pocket Gin, by Co Partnership
Newer isn’t always better. Take this gin, reminiscent of a crystal ball or an ancient talisman, that has us under its mystical spell. The gold foil, artful illustration, and wanderlust tagline, all offset by clean type and a subdued color palette, create an artisanal look that steers clear of twee clichés.
(Via Packaging of the World)

Anty Gin, by The Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab
If you’re the squeamish type, we recommend you scroll past this pick. No, ant gin isn’t a gimmick—this is the real deal. Created with a specific red wood ant found in the Northern Hemisphere, it “captures the flavors of this fascinating species” in a simple bottle that reminds us of the drink’s legit scientific roots. Plus, we wouldn’t let a flashy design to bury the lede.
(Via The Dieline)

Cruse Wine Co., by Force & Form
What would Halloween be without some wickedness? We’re getting mischievous with this graffiti wine label that takes a few liberties with classic artworks. The spray painted marks are eye-catching and lend the work underneath a layer of mystery and intrigue.
(Via Packaging of the World)

Cheers!