7 Creative Halloween Cocktail Recipes to Brew up Tonight

Pop quiz: when does the Halloween season begin? Some revelers refuse to even look at a pumpkin before October, while others get in the spirit as soon as stores bust out the cobwebs. We’re totally with you if you live and breathe Halloween year-round…but it’s also okay if you’re only hosting a Halloween party as an excuse to get creative with the boos.

That’s where these cocktail recipes come in: brew up our positively ghoulish concoctions to spook and impress your friends! They’re perfect for an adults-only horror movie marathon, an elegant Halloween dinner party, or even just a bit of creepy fun—hey, some of us have been waiting for Halloween since November 1st.

Devil Horn Cocktail

Serve up this cocktail with a devilish grin: the spicy kick will be a nod at the “trick” in trick ‘r treat.


2 oz Grapefruit Jalapeno vodka

3 oz red grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 oz simple syrup

Squeeze of lime

Grenadine and small red peppers for garnish


Combine first four ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until well combined, then pour. Add a few drops of grenadine to the bottom for an eerie red effect, then hint at this drink’s sweet heat by garnishing with jalapeno pepper horns. 

Cherry Poison Appletini

Every witch knows the story of the famed poisoned apple. This diabolically delish custom cocktail will be a hit on Halloween night.


2 oz apple-flavored vodka

1 oz maraschino cherry juice

Cherries and black sugar sprinkles for garnish


In a shaker, combine vodka and juice with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a clear wine glass. Carefully slip a pitted cherry onto a stirrer and balance on the rim. The devil’s in the details, so finish each drink with a pinch of black sugar sprinkles on the cherry.

Unicorn Blood Gin Cocktail

One taste of this dark, magical potion will leave your friends convinced you’re a sorcerer. It may not make you live forever, but it’ll definitely be delicious.


6 blackberries

0.5 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

1.5 oz gin

2-3 oz tonic water

Dry ice, block or powdered (optional)

Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for garnish


While wearing gloves, add about a teaspoon of powdered dry ice or a small chip of a dry ice block to the bottom of the glass.

Drop the blackberries and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and press the ingredients using a muddler. Fill with ice, gin and simple syrup and shake for 10 seconds. Use a fine mesh to strain the cocktail into your serving glass and serve immediately. Let your guests know the potion is ready to drink when the smoke dissipates. 

Gory Grenadine Cocktail

This sweet and fruity cocktail has an added gross-out factor when garnished with a straw printed with blood spatters. 


1 oz grenadine

Ice

½ oz lime vodka

4 oz lemon-lime soda

Maraschino cherries for garnish


Pour grenadine on bottom of glass, then add ice. Pour the vodka slowly over the ice, then slowly add the soda. Garnish with cherries and a "bloody" straw.

Spider Bite Cocktail

Serve a White Russian with a creepy-crawly twist for Halloween.  


2 oz vanilla vodka

2 oz Kahlua

Half-and-half


Add ice to cup. Add vodka and Kahlua, then finish with half-and-half, pouring slowly to keep the layered effect. Garnish with an orange or black spider ring and serve on a web doily. 

Blood Orange Rum Punch

This refreshing cocktail gets its shocking blood-red hue from raspberries and blood orange juice.


2 oz rum

3 mint leaves

2 oz simple syrup

Juice from 1 blood orange

Juice from 1 small lime

Juice from 1/4 cup raspberries, strained

Sparkling water


Muddle mint and rum for about 30 seconds, then remove mint leaves. Add simple syrup and juices, stir. Top with sparkling water and serve with a “poison” stir stick. 


Inky Black Poison Cocktail

We love these “poison” cups so much (they’re perfect conversation starters!) that we *had* to make a special cocktail for them.

Brush your cup’s rim with simple syrup, then dip in gold and black sugar sprinkles and let dry.


1 oz black vodka

2 oz blueberry or cherry juice

1 cup ice

Lemon slice for garnish


Shake with ice in a shaker, then strain into your cup. We also added black gel food coloring to a slice of lemon to achieve that green-black color.

Ready to throw your own spooky soiree? Click here for more inspiration on how to throw this wickedly elegant Halloween party.

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