September 26, 2022 by Helena Lombard
- 1. Candy Corn Martini
- 2. Bloody Mary
- 3. Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail
- 4. Witches Brew
- 5. Green Monster
- 6. Black Magic
- 7. Baby Yoda
- 8. Squashed Frog
- 9. Swamp Water
- 10. Apple Pie Moonshine
- 11. French Maid
- 12. Clockwork Orange Cocktail
- 13. Blackjack Cocktail
- 14. Classic Champagne Cocktail
- 15. Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail
- 16. Halloween Punch
- 17. Pumpkin Martini
- 18. Blood and Sand
- 19. Pumpkin Old Fashioned
- 20. Corpse Reviver
- 21. Death in the Afternoon
- 22. S’mores Martini
- 23. Zombie
- 24. Kimchi Bloody Mary
- 25. Mulled Wine
- 26. Dark 'n Stormy
- 27. Espresso Martini
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 All Saints’ Eve cocktails. If you’re stuck on ideas, don’t worry—we have some easy cocktails you can try. So, if you want a tasty treat this Halloween, be sure to read on!
1. Candy Corn Martini
If you want to add some childhood flavors to your All Hallows Eve party, mix a Candy Corn Martini, inspired by the traditional orange and white corn-shaped treats that have been a popular addition to trick-or-treat bags since the 1800s.
For the adult (drinkable) version, you’ll need candy-corn-flavored 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 All Saints’ Eve cocktail recipes go, the name alone makes a 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. Made with uncomplicated ingredients like vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon, salt, and pepper, this is one of the more straightforward and sophisticated cocktails to mix.
3. Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail
Remember when you were a little kid, and you saw the story of Snow White? And how, in your mind, you begged her to not eat the apple, and she just munched on it anyway? And then she fell into a poison-apple-induced sleep? Well, this Poisoned Apple Cider cocktail is inspired by that story, but we promise you it won’t have the same effect.
This eerie-looking 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 actually 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.
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 witches to make this drink the star of the night. And don’t worry about the taste. The honeydew melon-flavored liqueur is the base of this drink, making this brew one that is really easy to swallow.
5. Green Monster
Speaking of green drinks, this guy is another one you can invite to your All Hallows Eve party. The Green Monster is one of the perfect cocktails for beginners, and while it’s great to add to your Halloween cocktail ideas, it will be equally enjoyable as part of your St. Patrick’s Day cocktail menu and leap year parties.
It’s a short drink with just three ingredients: tequila, banana liqueur, and melon liqueur are 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 flavor. Made with black vodka, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda, this cocktail gets its ink-like appearance when you stir in the black vodka.
Taste-wise, it’s like Shirley Temple basically 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 Baby Yoda cocktail inspired by the series rose to Instagram fame when she posted a picture of it in 2019. This is the ultimate cocktail for every Yoda fan and is a must-have if you ever throw a Star Wars-themed All Saints’ Eve cocktail party.
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. Squashed Frog
Two disclaimers! One, this 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 center of the shot. The final result is pretty gross-looking and it tastes delicious, which makes it one of the ultimate party cocktail recipes.
9. 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 cocktail ideas to pull off, and you make it by stirring green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, and lime with ice in a tall glass.
Top tip? One bottle of green Chartreuse will give you about a gallon of Swamp Water, making it the perfect crowd-pleaser for your next themed party.
10. Apple Pie Moonshine
Speaking of things that remind you 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, y’all will be having a really good time. The Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail is sweeter than honey and stronger than moonshine, so proceed with caution.
11. French Maid
This lady is French because she contains cognac. If your theme is less spooky and more sophisticated, this cocktail is a more polished pre-dinner drink option.
To make a French Maid, 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 a whole new flavor level, so it is well worth the effort). Shake until chilled and strain into a coupe for that extra French twist, and garnish with a sprig of mint and sliced cucumber. À ta santé!
12. Clockwork Orange Cocktail
If you’ve watched Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, you’ll understand why this one makes our list of best Halloween cocktails. While this cocktail is nowhere near as sadistic as the characters in the movie, aesthetically, it exudes a similar red-orange as seen throughout the film.
To make one, shake together aquavit, coffee, Aperol, simple syrup, and bitters. Strain into a lowball glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with flamed orange peel. Serve as an after-dinner cocktail.
13. 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 color, 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 the evening.
14. Classic Champagne Cocktail
Who says a dress-up holiday party can’t be a little bougie? This Classic Champagne Cocktail always makes a splash. Place a sugar cube on a small dish, and drizzle it with 0.5 oz of bitters, turning a few times so it’s fully coated. Drop the cube into a Champagne flute, add 0.25 oz of Cognac, and slowly pour over 2.5 oz of Champagne. Twist an orange peel over the glass to express the oils, and serve.
15. Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail
The Vampire’s Kiss cocktail is a ruby-hued vodka martini with a spooky dry-ice twist. Add the 1.5 oz SKYY vodka, 1 oz raspberry liqueur, 0.5 oz unsweetened cranberry juice, 0.5 oz lemon juice, and 0.5 oz grenadine to a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls of regular ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain the drink into a glass that has been rimmed with grenadine and granulated sugar. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also add dry ice. Read all about it here.
16. Halloween Punch
A big-batch drink is always a hit at a party, and this one is ideal if you want to lean into the creepiness. You will need one bottle of cranberry juice, one bottle of apple juice or cider, 34 oz ginger ale, and 34 oz Appleton Estate Rum.
Chill the ingredients prior to serving, then add all ingredients to a punch bowl and stir. Garnish with dry ice for extra drama, and add optional garnishes like candy eyeballs, or gummy worms when you serve.
TOP TIP! If you want to be extra creepy, freeze water in surgical gloves and add the hand-shaped ice cubes to your bloody-hued punch. It looks super scary…
17. Pumpkin Martini
Our Pumpkin Martini is filled with pumpkin spice and all things nice, and it’s up there with the best holiday martinis to enjoy this season! With an indulgent combination of vanilla vodka, Irish cream pumpkin purée, and spice, this might just become your favorite dessert cocktail this season. All the comfort in one sip!
18. Blood and Sand
Dating back to the 1930s, this scotch-based cocktail definitely deserves a comeback. The Blood and Sand cocktail is a delightfully sweet and refreshing whisky drink with hints of spice that’s said to turn even whisky haters into fans. The orange juice tames the whisky into a smooth drinking cocktail, making for a stylish holiday-theme aperitif.
19. Pumpkin Old Fashioned
This slow sipper is extra cozy, with a strong bourbon backbone and hints of vanilla and spice. Add 2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree, 0.5 tablespoon maple syrup, 0.25 teaspoon pumpkin spice, 0.25 teaspoon vanilla, and a dash of bitters to a cocktail shaker. Add 1 handful ice and shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled lowball glass and serve.
20. Corpse Reviver
The Corpse Reviver is a daring drink that’s just as unique as its moniker. Add 1 oz Bulldog Gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz Grand Marnier, 1 oz Cinzano Vermouth Bianco, and half a teaspoon of absinthe to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel or orange wedge if preferred.
21. Death in the Afternoon
Writer Ernest Hemingway invented the Death in the Afternoon cocktail, which obviously has the perfect name for a drink served at a daytime Halloween party (or murder mystery shindig…). It’s a potent pairing of absinthe and Champagne. Simply pour 1.5 oz absinthe into a coupe glass, and slowly top it off with 4.5 oz of chilled Champagne. Done and dusted!
22. S’mores Martini
This fun and festive S’mores Martini is made with velvety chocolate liqueur, smooth and creamy marshmallow-infused vodka, and a generous splash of Wild Turkey Bourbon for an extra kick. The addition of heavy cream adds a luxurious texture that complements the richness of the chocolate and bourbon.
The Zombie cocktail features an alluring blend of fruity and tropical flavors that packs a powerful punch. With its potent combination of rum, citrus juices, grenadine, and a hint of spice, this delicious cocktail is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to add a bit of excitement to their party cocktail repertoire.
24. Kimchi Bloody Mary
We’ll admit that the Kimchi Bloody Mary is an acquired taste suited to those who enjoy fermented drinks. But, with that being said, it is also savory, slightly sweet, and packed with spicy, zingy flavors. In short, it’s a singular drink that is bound to put you in celebratory mode in no time!
25. Mulled Wine
Arguably one of the best cold-weather cocktails of all time, the Warm Mulled Wine cocktail layers warming spices with fragrant red wine and Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP Cognac. We love adding star anise, clove, cinnamon, and pink peppercorn, but you can adjust the spices to suit your own taste. A spoonful of maple syrup or honey adds a beautiful sweet touch that pulls the flavor profile together in the most delicious way.
26. Dark ‘n Stormy
The Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail recipe has been around for more than a century, but still hits all the right flavor notes today. Super simple to pour, yet gorgeously zesty and refreshing to the core, it’s a great rum-based seaside sipper that’s tailor-made for hot summer days.
27. Espresso Martini
Coffee lovers will adore the rich, creamy flavors of the Espresso Martini recipe. A smooth bittersweet cocktail, it brings together fresh espresso and coffee liqueur with a rewarding foam layer on top. Perfect for when you need perking up, it makes for a great after-dinner cocktail at a Halloween party.