5 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes

5 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes

As a kid, Halloween was all about getting dressed up and receiving the most candy possible. Now, as adults — not much has really changed. We still get dressed up, we still eat candy, but we also enjoy a good party or two — complete with Halloween-themed food and drink.

If you're hosting a party this October, there are a range of spooky Halloween-inspired cocktails that will be sure to impress your guests. After all, Halloween only comes around once a year — so you have to make it count. Whether you want to experiment with new ingredients or elevate this year's festivities, the following Halloween cocktails cover all the bases.

Try These 5 Halloween Cocktails

When you think of Halloween, you often associate this day with monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, black and orange decor, candy, and costumes. When it comes to cocktails, you can take some of these key features and use them as inspiration. This October 31st, try your hand at the following spooky drinks. 

BLACK VELVET

black-velvet-cocktail

As the name suggests, this cocktail offers a rich black coloration that matches its bold flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces stout — choose a rich, velvety beer
  • 3 ounces of sparkling wine — preferably dry

Directions 

  1. Using a large flute glass, pour in the stout before slowly topping with sparkling wine.

BLOOD AND SAND

 blood-and-sand-cocktail

Anything with 'blood' in the name fits the theme of Halloween beautifully.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce scotch
  • 1/2 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce vermouth — sweet
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cherry — maraschino or fresh 

Directions

  1. In a shaker, combine the first four ingredients with ice.
  2. Shake well before straining into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with cherry 

PUMPKIN MARTINI

pumpkin-martini 

No surprise here — pumpkins 'scream' both autumn and Halloween. Celebrate this large, orange vegetable by sipping on a martini with friends. This is also great for an after-dinner treat. 

Ingredients  

  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice — including clove, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon
  • 5 ounces vodka
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions 

  1. On a saucer, combine sugar and pumpkin spice (reserving half).
  2. Dip your martini glass in water and dip in sugar mixture to coat the rim.
  3. In a shaker, combine the remaining ingredients — 1/8 tsp pumpkin spice, vodka, cream, puree, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Shake well, strain and serve.

VAMPIRE'S PUNCH

vampire's punch 

We all know what vampires drink — blood. This tasty alternative will liven up the party while reminding your guests of the monsters that lurk Halloween night. This will make approximately 6-8 drinks.

Ingredients  

  • 3/4 cup Campari
  • 1/2 gin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice — freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup cherry or pomegranate juice
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 1/2 cup raspberries 

Directions  

  1. Within a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of water with sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the Campari, orange juice, cherry/pomegranate juice, gin, and sugar syrup, allowing to sit for 12 hours.
  3. To serve, add club soda and fresh raspberries. 

SPOOKY DARK N' STORMY

spooky dark n stormy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 5 ounces dark rum
  • 1 gummy candy ghost or bat (pushed onto a skinny stir stick) 

Directions 

  1. In a glass, fill with ice, ginger beer and lime juice.
  2. Using the back of a metal spoon, slowly pour dark rum, holding the tip of the spoon just above the ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with candy skewer

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