This classic cocktail, made with whiskey, rosso vermouth, cherry brandy, and orange juice, has a name fit for Halloween revelry.
Blood & Sand
This classic cocktail, made with whiskey, rosso vermouth, cherry brandy, and orange juice, has a name fit for Halloween revelry.
With a name like Bloody Beer, this beer-cocktail twist on the classic Bloody Mary from Brother Jimmy's in New York City is perfect for your upcoming Halloween celebrations.
The Halloween Helper
Highlighting spicy fall flavors and dark spirits, this seasonal cocktail is candy for big kids. But fear not, cloves are widely known to alleviate toothaches and help with digestion (in case you eat too much of the sweet stuff).
Candy Corn Hot Buttered Rum
A skull mug. A flaming shot of 151 rum. Pumpkin and candy corn. This Halloween cocktail from Trader Vic's in Atlanta has got it all going on.
Great Pumpkin Cocktail
Nothing sums up the thrill of fall better than Charles Schultz's masterpiece It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In lieu of the show, PDT's Jim Meehan created a seasonal flip (kind of like Lucy picking up the football before Charlie Brown kicks it).
Vile Bile with Blood Clots
This cocktail tastes better than its name would suggest a true concoction for the walking dead, featuring kalamanzi soda and habanero brew.
Jim Meehan's tequila-based ode to George Kappeler's Widow's Kiss relies on saffron-hued Strega (Italian for "witch") in place of yellow chartreuse, and cinnamon-spiced apple butter instead of Bénédictine. Think of the lemon juice as the broom the husband failed to specify in the widow's will.
Featuring Patrón XO Café, butterscotch schnapps, and white crème de cacao, this sweet cocktail is a real treat (especially on a night full of tricks).
This punch captures the flavors of fall with ingredients like spiced pumpkin purée and date molasses.
With a recipe made by none other than Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, this neon-hued drink is bonafide Instagram bait.
- 1.5 oz Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur (St. Germain)
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/4 oz Midori
- Candy corn
Shake the gin, elderflower, lime juice and Midori with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Take two pieces of candy corn and melt the back of one with a match. Press the melted side onto the other piece and once they fuse, put them onto the rim of the glass as a garnish.
65+ Non-Cheesy Halloween Cocktails Your Party Needs
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This cocktail is extra badass because it involves making your own black vodka. (It's not hard, it'll just sound impressive when you tell your guests what's in 'em.)
Get the recipe at This Mama Cooks!.
You can also use that black vodka technique you've perfected to whip up some of these cherry-flavored refreshments. Add a pinch of pearl dust (available at your local craft store) to the shaker for some sparkle.
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White chocolate apparitions haunt this chilling beverage. The spirited adults-only potion is shaken with ice to blend the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, milk, and whipping cream. Topped with a spritz of whipped cream and the ghostly garnish, this Halloween cocktail will haunt your party guests' dreams.
Test Kitchen Tip: If you're in a time crunch, substitute ghost-shape marshmallows or other ghost-shape candies for the garnish.
Sparkling Beet Lemonade with (or without) Booze
A fragrant and bright spring cocktail that's just as delicious without the alcohol.
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25 Spooktacular cocktail recipes to get your boo(s)-ze on this Halloween
Halloween might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you still can’t have a ghoulish good time at home. Get your boo(s)-ze on this spooky holiday—if you’re 21 or older—with festive themed cocktails. Whether you’re partaking in a virtual Zoom monster bash or snacking on candy while bingeing horror flicks, these drinks are the perfect addition to your spooktacular night.
Trick or treat yourself to a *gourd* time with these Instagram-worthy Halloween cocktail recipes:
-2 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum
-1 1/3 parts BACARDÍ Black Rum
Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker full of ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh fruit.
Casa Teal Candy Martini
-2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
-1 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
-.5 oz Blue Curacao by Kavlana
Combine all of the ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Add 2 butterfly pea ice cubes and garnish.
To create Butterfly Pea Ice Cubes / Makes 1L
Bring 4.5 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Then put on simmer, add ½ cup of dried butterfly pea leaves and let steep for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, fine strain contents into another medium sized pot, pressing down on the leaves to extract all of the liquid and let cool. Once cool, pour into a glass container with lid and store in refrigerator. Good for 2 to 3 weeks.
© Courtesy of Broken Shed Vodka
Shake all of the ingredients in a shaker and double strain into a glass goblet.
-¾ parts Fresh squeeze Lime Juice
-Simple Syrup (to taste / optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain on fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with watermelon balls.
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-1.25 parts Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
-.25 part Fresh Lemon Juice
-2. 5 parts Fresh Orange Juice
Add all the ingredients in a punch bowl or mixing tin. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with orange slice.
Rebellious Red Sangria
-Choice of Lemon Lime Soda or Ginger Ale/Beer
-5 Blood Oranges and Plums, sliced 1 Pomegranate, seeded
Mix all of the ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir, then pour over ice.
Smoky Halloween Colada
-.75 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
-.75 oz Coconut Puree by REAL
-.25 oz Ginger Syrup by Liber & Co.
-½ Thick Rim Equal Parts Sugar/Black Lava Salt
Wet half of the glass rim with a lime wedge or wheel and dip into the sugar/black lava salt mixture. Pour .5 oz grenadine directly into a clear Tiki or hurricane glass. Combine the rest of the ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a clear Tiki glass or hurricane glass. Add pebble ice, and fill to the top creating a dome like top, then garnish.
Vampires of Perthshire
-12 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Add all of the ingredients to a glass and stir. Express oil of an orange peel and discard.
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Pumpkin Spice Montaukila Margarita
-1/4 Pumpkin Spice Seasoning
Add the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain and pour in a glass, and enjoy!
Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
-1.5 oz Grey Goose Le Citron vodka
-1/3 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
-.5 oz Crème de Mure Blackberry Liqueur
Build all of the ingredients apart from the Crème de Mure in a mixing glass. Top with cubed ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass, then add a cap of crushed ice. Drizzle with Crème de Mure and garnish with fresh mint.
PSM (Pumpkin Spice Marg)
-Garnish: Apple Slices and Cinnamon Stick
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, then add ice and shake. Fine strain over ice into a glass. Garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
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Cincoro’s Spiced Old Fashioned with Reposado
Build all of the ingredients in a mixing glass. Then add ice, stir briskly and strain into an iced filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
*For Spiced Syrup Recipe
In a small saucepan, add the following ingredients: 1 Cup Brown Sugar, 1 Cup Water, 4 Cinnamon Sticks, 4-5 Cloves, and 1 Vanilla Bean Pod. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a covered saucepan. Let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes and allow syrup to cool for 1 hour.
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-1 ½ oz Tequila Cazadores® Blanco or Tequila Cazadores® Reposado (pending preference)
Pour the ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.
-Orange and Green Sprinkles and Cinnamon for Garnish
Place all of the ingredients (except the garnish) into a cocktail shaker and shake. Rim the tumbler or rocks glass with festive sprinkles. Pour over ice and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon.
-3/4 oz Pumpkin Spice Agave Syrup*
Add El Sativo, Lemon, PSAS and pineapple to a shaker tin. Ice, shake and fine strain over one large rock. Garnish with a pinch of cayenne and a dried pineapple flower.
*For Pumpkin Spice Agave Syrup
You will need, 1½ Cups Water, 1 Cup Light Agave, ½ Cup Dark Brown Sugar, 4 Cinnamon Sticks (or 1 tsp cinnamon, or a combination thereof), ½ tsp Fresh Ginger Juice, ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg, ½ tsp Ground Cloves and ¼ Cup Canned Pumpkin. Combine the water and both agave and brown sugar in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then reduce the heat to low. Add the cinnamon sticks, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin, and whisk vigorously to combine. Let simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not let it come to a boil. Turn off the heat and let cool for 10 to 20 minutes on the stove. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups.
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Rinse your chilled coupe or martini glass with some absinthe. Shake all of the ingredients together and strain into your rinsed coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf
13 Halloween Cocktails & Mocktails That’ll Kick Your All Hallows Eve Up a Notch
Candy, candy, candy. Everybody’s always giving all the attention to candy at Halloween-time, but you know what really makes us feel festive? The perfect ghoulish drink.
Sure, sweets are a Halloween institution (trick-or-treating would kind of be a moot point without all the candy), but there’s just something about holding a blood-red cocktail that makes you feel especially in the mood for anything spooky. Add some spiders and a little dry ice and you’ve pretty much got perfection.
We’ve rounded up a huge list of beverage recipes that will seriously take your All Hallows Eve to the next level. And not all of them have booze, either. We’ve included some fun mocktails that adults and children alike will have a blast sipping on. From slime punch to a vampire milkshake, you’re gonna want to try all of these out.
Ready-to-Drink Cocktails Are Here to Stay & These Are the Best Ones Available
Is it just us, or are canned cocktails totally a thing now? For the longest time it seemed like everyone looked down on canned drinks, but slowly, they took over. First, fancy craft beers returned to cans over bottles, and then, we started seeing more and more canned wines come onto the market. Next thing we know, a full-blown canned cocktail boom was on our hands!
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Canned cocktails are perfect for summer. We’re always off adventuring when the weather gets warm, and the last thing we want to have to drag to the beach with us is all of the ingredients and supplies needed to shake up a few drinks.
That’s where the new generation of tasty canned cocktails comes in. Fizzy and fruity, tart and tangy, classic and creative, there’s a canned cocktail out their for every palate. Interested in tasting a few for yourself? Here are some of our favorite canned cocktails to try.
People Will Be Dying for These Scary-Good Halloween Cocktails
Let the spooky Halloween festivities begin! You'll want to be prepared with terrifyingly-good Halloween cocktail recipes to keep your monster mash guests in good spirits. We flipped through our spell book to find just the right concoctions for any creepy occasion. You can't go wrong with these tasty cocktail recipes that so good, they're sinister.
Note: We've listed ingredients you can easily shop online, but perishables and produce we recommend buying in stores.
This is one of the most popular cocktails served at haunted New York City bar Jekyll and Hyde, and it also happens to be scary-strong! A shot of Bacardi 151 floating on top of this fruity and colorful sipper adds a serious kick, so watch out for The Zombie!
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 ounce dark rum
- 1 ounce apricot liqueur
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 dash lime bitters
- 1 handful ice
- 1 ounce Bacardi 151 Rum
- Fresh orange slice and cherry, for garnish
Combine light rum, dark rum, apricot liqueur, orange juice, and bitters using a cocktail shaker. Pour into a large glass filled with ice. Top with the shot of Bacardi 151, then garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
Recipe courtesy of Jekyll and Hyde Club via Delish.
Because Halloween calls for dark and witchy cocktails, we can't think of a spookier way to celebrate than with this Black Magic Margarita. A black sugar rim and dark food coloring gives the classic margarita a moody twist . no magic tricks required!
Black Magic Margarita
- 1/3 cup black sanding sugar
- 2 cups ice
- 4 ounces silver tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec orange liqueur
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- Fresh lime slices, for garnish
(Yields 2 servings)
Rim two glasses with a lime slice and dip in the black sanding sugar. Divide tequila, triple sec, and lime juice between two glasses and stir to combine. Add food coloring until desired black color is achieved. Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime.
Recipe courtesy of Delish.
Nothing screams fall like the flavor of pumpkin spice, and this Pumpkin Spice Negroni is about as autumnal as it gets. With comforting notes of hazelnut, citrus, and fall spice, we love the idea of serving this yummy cocktail right out of a pumpkin at your next Halloween party.
Pumpkin Spice Negroni
- 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce Bulldog Gin
- ¾ ounce Frangelico liqueur
- ½ ounce Pumpkin puree-infused simple syrup
- Egg white and pumpkin seeds, for garnish
Combine all ingredients and dry shake. Re-shake with ice and strain into a small pumpkin or coupe. Garnish with a light dusting of cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.
Recipe created by Mia Mastroianni, Soho House West Hollywood.
This refreshing lychee cocktail from Casamigos Tequila gets a creepy touch from a clever "eyeball" garnish made from a Luxardo cherry and lychee ball. An Oreo cookie-laced rim adds an extra-sweet crunch to this drink, making it quite the looker.
Casa Crazy Eye
- 2 ounces lychee liqueur
- 1½ ounces Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 4 basil leaves
- Thick rim of salt, sugar, and Oreo cookie crumbs* and lychee ball for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds. Fine strain into a small martini glass. Garnish Luxardo cherry inside lychee ball (as eye ball) through skewer.
* To add sugar, salt, and Oreo rim, wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and agave nectar, and roll rim through cookie mixture.
Recipe courtesy of Casamigos.
Fruity, tart, and just slightly spicy &mdash thanks to the addition of intense ginger liqueur &mdash this stunning libation from Sparkling Ice is sure to be a crowdpleaser. We can't get over the fun ginger root "tombstone" garnish.
The Devil Don't Stay
Shake puree, rum, ginger liqueur, and grated ginger over ice and pour into goblet. Add Sparkling Ice Black Cherry and garnish with ginger root "tombstone."
Recipe courtesy of Sparkling Ice.
This three-ingredient cocktail may seem simple at first glance, but the herbal fall flavors of Bénédictine liqueur mixed with the subtle spicy notes of Scrappy's bitters make this drink rich, complex, and bursting with the flavor of coriander, cloves, and thyme. Plus, a skull-shaped bottle of Crystal Head Vodka is sure to add a sinister touch to your home bar.
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir gently. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish was a lemon twist.
Recipe courtesy of Crystal Head Vodka.
Another staple of cold weather beverages, hard cider is one of our favorite sippers once the temperatures start to fall. Super-refreshing Angry Orchard Crisp Apple makes this cocktail a crowd-pleaser for any Halloween party. We think your party guests will quickly fall under this spell, too.
The Angry Spell
- 4 ounces Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
- 1 ounce white rum
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- ½ ounce ginger syrup
- ½ ounce Crème de Cassis
- Lime wheel and blackberries, for garnish
Add white rum, lime juice, and ginger syrup to shaker. Strain into Collins glass with ice. Top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Crème de Cassis. Garnish with lime wheel and blackberries.
Recipe created by mixologist partner Jeremy Oertel, courtesy of Angry Orchard.
This clean and refreshing cocktail from NOLET's Gin uses equal parts dry gin, bourbon, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice to create a boozy yet refreshing and well-balanced drink. For balmy early fall evenings or happy hour before the sun goes down, you'll want to sip on a Silver Bulleit (or two). Plus, the bright orange hue is perfect for a Halloween party.
NOLET'S Silver Bulleit
- 1 ounce NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
Muddle one slice of a grapefruit in an old-fashioned glass. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.
Recipe courtesy of NOLET's Gin.
This flavorful whiskey cocktail from Chicago mixologist Patrick Natola takes a traditional Negroni and turns the recipe on its head, subbing in Scotch whisky for gin. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a clever Negroni riff like this?
Smoke on the Water
Stir all ingredients together with ice until slightly chilled but still boozy. Strain over fresh ice. Serve up or on the rocks.
Recipe courtesy of Chicago mixologist Patrick Natola.
Serving a larger crowd? Here's a killer punch recipe your guests are sure to go batty over. This Wicked Black Forest Punch, created by Jägermeister Brand Meister Willy Shine, is boozy, citrusy, and brimming with the warm flavors of fall. We love the addition of slightly spicy ginger beer and clove-based velvet falernum liqueur in this tasty batched Halloween cocktail recipe.
Wicked Black Forest Punch
Serves 15 people
- 20 ounces ginger beer
- 15 ounces Jägermeister
- 10 ounces filtered water
- 7½ ounces fresh pineapple juice
- 5 ounces cherry brandy, such as Kirschwasser
- 5 ounces hibiscus tea syrup*
- 5 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 2½ ounces velvet falernum liqueur
- 2½ ounces fresh passionfruit juice
- 2½ ounces fresh orange juice
- 10 dashes Angosturra bitters
Combine all ingredients except the ginger beer into a gallon container and refrigerate overnight. When it's time to serve, pour into a punch bowl with big ice cubes. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange wheels, lemon wheels, hibiscus flowers, and a few chips of food-grade dry ice.
* To make the hibiscus tea syrup, combine equal parts brewed hibiscus tea and agave syrup in a pot, bring to a simmer, then allow to cool.
Recipe courtesy of Willy Shine, Jägermeister Brand Meister.
Flaming Dr. Pepper
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Drinking and playing with fire should be done with caution, but that doesn't stop revelers from enjoying the flaming Dr. Pepper. It's an entertaining one to serve while guests still have their wits about them and it's always a hit.
If you choose to serve this one, be sure to blow out the flame before drinking it. Also, watch out for any fringe, wigs, and other flammable pieces of Halloween costumes because they can easily catch on fire.