15 Halloween Cocktails to Trick or Treat
April 26, 2022 by Helena Lombard
Halloween isn’t just for kids. In fact, it’s become one of the most popular times of year to entertain and serve up some creatively creepy Halloween cocktails. If you’re stuck on ideas, don’t worry—we have some easy Halloween cocktails you can try. So, if you want a tasty treat, be sure to holler trick or treat! (Or just read all our awesome Halloween cocktail ideas below).
1. Candy Corn Martini
If you want to add some childhood flavours to your Halloween party, mix a Candy Corn Martini inspired by the traditional orange and white corn-shaped Halloween treats that have been a popular addition to American trick-or-treat bags since the 1800s.
For the adult (drinkable) version, you’ll need candy corn-flavoured vodka (easy to make your own!), grenadine, pineapple juice, whipped cream, and ice. The trick is to keep it all layered, just like the candy, and the treat is the notes of vanilla, butter, and caramel you’ll taste with every sip. This Halloween cocktail is best-enjoyed bottoms up!
2. Bloody Mary
As far as Halloween cocktail recipes go, the name alone makes Bloody Mary a classic choice. While this drink is more of a pick-me-up with your friends after a night on the town, it’s equally delicious when served as a pre-dinner drink as part of your Halloween-themed cocktails.
Made with uncomplicated ingredients like vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, lemon, salt, and pepper, this savoury cocktail is one of the more straightforward and sophisticated Halloween cocktails to mix.
3. Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail
Remember when you were a little kid and heard the story of Snow White? And how, in your mind, you begged her not to eat that apple, and she just munched on it anyway? And then she fell into a poison-apple-induced sleep? Well, this cocktail is inspired by that story, but we promise it won’t have the same effect.
The Poisoned Apple Cider cocktail is made with apple cider, cranberry juice, fireball, grenadine, and a sprinkling of glitter to create a magical red and golden swirly cocktail that is pretty enough to tempt your friends to take a sip. It’s definitely up there on the list of apple cider cocktails you should try.
4. Witches Brew
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble… Introducing the Witches Brew cocktail—a fun, scary-looking green concoction (that tastes amazing!) This is one of the spookiest Halloween cocktail ideas you can conjure up—and if you add a dry ice cube to the drink, you are sure to impress your friends. Just make sure you know how to safely use dry ice in cocktails before attempting this drink.
While it’s super impressive looking, making a Witches Brew is equally simple: All you need is melon liqueur, triple sec, lemon juice, and a cackle worthy of the witchiest witch to make this Halloween cocktail the star of the night. And don’t worry about the taste. The honeydew melon-flavoured liqueur is the base of this drink, making this concoction one that is really easy to swallow.
5. Green Monster
Speaking of green drinks, The Green Monster is another guy you can invite to your Halloween party. It’s one of the perfect cocktails for beginners. While adding this drink to your Halloween party is an excellent idea, it will be equally enjoyable as part of your St. Patrick’s Day and leap year parties.
It’s a short drink with just three ingredients: tequila, banana liqueur, and melon liqueur which gets poured over ice in a lowball glass and stirred. Simple and impressive.
6. Black Magic
Add a bit of spectacle to your evening with the Black Magic cocktail—a spooky drink packed with delicious flavour. Made with black vodka, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda, this Halloween cocktail gets its ink-like appearance when you stir in the black vodka.
Taste-wise, it’s like Shirley Temple walked into a bar and drank a shot of vodka. We suggest you serve it in a highball glass filled with ice, unstirred, to let your friends create some black magic of their own. It’s a thrilling surprise that everyone is sure to enjoy!
7. Baby Yoda
Baby Yoda became all the rage with the release of The Mandalorian in 2019. Thanks to Jennifer Aniston, a cocktail inspired by the series, the Baby Yoda cocktail rose to Instagram fame when she posted a picture of it in 2019.
It’s a bit of a crafty Halloween cocktail that calls for vodka, simple syrup, and kiwi fruit to be shaken together with ice before straining into martini glasses. The crafty bit? Making Baby Yoda’s ears and eyes using sliced kiwi fruit, black olives, and toothpicks.
Make this cocktail, you must.
8. Swamp Water
The Swamp Water cocktail became popular during the golden years of the good old Rusty Nail and Harvey Wallbanger. While the appearance of Swamp Water lives up to its name, it thankfully does not do the same in taste. It’s one of the most straightforward Halloween cocktail ideas to pull off, and you make it by stirring green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, and lime with ice in a tall glass. A real crowd pleaser!
9. Apple Pie Moonshine
Speaking of things that remind us of swamp life, why not add a bit of moonshine to your Halloween cocktail ideas? All you need is apple liqueur, apple cider, moonshine whiskey (the legal kind), cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel sauce. Before you know it, ya’ll will be having a real good time. The Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail is sweeter than honey and stronger than moonshine, so proceed with caution.
10. French Maid
This lady is French because she contains cognac. If your Halloween theme is less spook and more sophistication, this cocktail is a more polished pre-dinner drink option.
To make a French Maid cocktail, muddle cucumber, mint, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add cognac, ginger beer, lime juice, and easy homemade falernum syrup. (The addition of this syrup takes this cocktail to an exciting new flavour level, so it is well worth the effort). Add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a coupe for that extra French twist, and garnish with a sprig of mint and sliced cucumber. À ta santé!
11. Blackjack Cocktail
Say you decide to throw a haunted casino party—and why not, there are no rules on All Hallow’s Eve—then this is the Halloween cocktail to place your bets on. Named Blackjack because of its colour, this is the ultimate cocktail to serve your cognac and coffee-loving friends. The added cherry liqueur gives it a unique twist that is hard to resist. A great choice to end off the evening.
12. Squashed Frog
Two disclaimers! One, this Halloween cocktail recipe doesn’t actually contain a squashed frog. And two, it’s really more of a shot than a cocktail.
Layered into a shot glass, from the bottom up, a Squashed Frog contains grenadine, melon liqueur, and Advocaat (a liqueur made with brandy, egg yolks, and sugar). Because the Advocaat is quite heavy, it sinks into the green melon liqueur creating the illusion of something green and squashed (and frog-like) in the centre of the shot. The final result is pretty gross-looking but tastes delicious, making it one of the ultimate Halloween cocktails.
13. Vampire Martini
Make a Vampire’s Martini (or Vampire’s Kiss) for a more elegant Halloween cocktail. This berry-flavoured Martini is blood red in colour and made with vodka, raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and grenadine. The dry ice is added after the cocktail has been shaken and strained in a glass. Pretty eerie and quite tasty; you’ll be hooked once you’ve tasted it.
14. Halloween Punch
Get the party started with and spooky spiked Halloween Punch. To make these super impressive, you’re going to want to get your hands on some dry ice to create smoke for your magic cauldron. Check out everything you need to know about using dry ice before you try making this recipe! To make a Halloween Punch, you’ll need rum, cranberry juice, apple juice, and ginger ale. It’s a pretty easy recipe, and once you’ve added all your gruesome garnishes (like candy eyeballs, jelly worms or plastic spiders), it’s good to go! A real crowd pleaser that’s just the right amount of creepy.
15. Pumpkin Old Fashioned
If you’re hosting a more sophisticated Halloween bash, then serving up some Autumn-flavoured Pumpkin Old Fashioned cocktails will go down a real treat. To make one of these epic Halloween cocktails, you’ll be making a normal Old Fashioned, but replacing the sugar with maple syrup and adding some pumpkin puree. The perfect ending to a Spooktacular Halloween.