Candy is not the only treat to look forward to during the Halloween season. As the little ghosts and ghouls roam the streets on Halloween night, you can have some adult fun of your own with a variety of festive cocktails. Whether it is the signature drink at a costume party or just a little something to enjoy during your horror movie marathon, there is an option for everyone.
Take a look at these ten recipes to spark your imagination.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Cold weather and cozy fires are best accompanied by a comforting drink. As Halloween rolls around, it is time to take it up a notch. A play on the cult classic beverage, a Pumpkin Spice White Russian takes all the best parts of this seasonal favorite and gives it a splash of holiday spirit.
To make this autumn delight, use all the same ingredients as the original: vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream – but this time, make that cream a pumpkin spice creamer instead. Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. For some added flair, mix pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and crushed graham crackers, then coat it on the rim of your glass of choice. Don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream or marshmallow and an extra sprinkle of pumpkin spice before enjoying it along with the evening’s festivities.
Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch
It is not a Halloween party without a cauldron full of a blood-red potion – or at least some punch. This creepy cocktail will be sure to satisfy any thirsty party guests, and its simplicity will have you making it every year. You will need a cup of blood orange juice, four twelve-ounce chilled natural blackberry sodas, one cup of rum, a fourth of lime juice, one cup of fresh blackberries, and a slice of the blood orange and pansies for garnish.
Throw all of these ingredients into a pitcher of ice and stir to combine. Adding several blackberries and an orange slice to each glass will give it a visual flair along with a pansy for a final touch.
The Black Widow Smash
The final result will both amaze and terrify because this beautiful drink packs a punch. Take some fresh blackberries, fresh rosemary, half a lemon, a couple of tablespoons of honey, just a few dashes of orange bitters, and the all-important tequila, then mix it up in a cocktail shaker or glass jar.
Muddle the ingredients to release the juices and strain the drink into of a glass of ice. For a smokier and fall-appropriate flavor, swap it for a bottle of Mezcal, then top it off with some sparkling water for a touch of fizz.
Sassy Witch’s Brew
Double double toil and trouble because here comes a wicked drink. The Sassy Witch’s Brew combines three simple ingredients but yields a show-stopping result. Just two ounces of Vinique Original purple, two ounces of champagne or prosecco, and some dry ice, and you have got the potion of the century. The purple color and eerie mist in this drink are perfect for embracing the Halloween spirit. Just be careful not to touch the dry ice!
Black Licorice Delight
It looks like a beverage fit for a vampire and tastes like an autumn dream. Black Licorice Delight shows Halloween creativity at its finest by combining four parts licorice liqueur, three parts blackcurrant cordial, eight to ten parts water, sugar, and black ice to create the perfect sinister cocktail.
Fill a pitcher with water and use black food coloring to darken the liquid. Pour the black water into an ice tray and freeze overnight. Use the same food coloring to stain the sugar for the rim of your glass. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a separate pitcher and once the ice is fully frozen, throw it in the glass and pour in the dark mixture. Voila!
Black Magic Margaritas
Probably the creepiest looking drink on this list, the Black Magic Margaritas will surely impress any picky party guest. Classic taste with macabre aesthetics, this margarita uses lime juice, triple sec, silver tequila, and ice just like everyone’s summer favorite, but it adds a chillingly delicious touch by combining red, blue, and green food coloring to create an eerie color that will have any seasoned witch dub you a potions master. Finish it all with some black sanding sugar around the rim and a lime wedge for garnish.
Feeling frisky? Go with a more elegant, Morticia Adams-style purple lavender margarita. Red and blue food coloring will give you a nice deep purple and some lavender essence takes the tequila and lime flavor up a notch.
Magic Butterfly Pea Lemonade
Although the kiddies are saving their sweet tooth for all the goodies from the evening’s trick-or-treating, there is no reason they can’t enjoy their own spooktacular drinks along with the adults. The Magic Butterfly Pea Lemonade is the perfect way to channel the magic of the holiday into a delicious mocktail that everyone can enjoy.
The trick is in the dried butterfly pea flowers. After making a syrup by simmering three cups of water with sugar and combining it with the flowers, you’ll see a blue syrupy mixture. Pour it into a glass with ice about halfway. Take two more cups of water mixed with one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and pour it over the ice. Suddenly you will see the blue magically change from purple into a bright magenta. Everyone will be amazed by both the transformation before their eyes and the delicious taste of this holiday drink.
Jello shots are a must-have in any party, but adding a little Halloween flair will be all the more exciting for you and your guests. The J-E-L-L-Glow shots are true to their name in that under a blacklight they become fluorescent just by adding tonic water to the mix. For the first layer, pour one cup of it into a pot over high heat, and once it boils, add pineapple Jell-o mix, then whisk until it dissolves.
Throw in a half cup of water and a half cup of vodka and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a set of shot glasses and put them in the fridge to chill for 35 minutes. For the second layer, do the same thing with a different color of Jell-o, like orange. Top off the pineapple shots with the orange and let them set in the fridge for three hours. You can even substitute any colors you wish!
Hocus Pocus Fizz
Inspired by the 90s Halloween classic, this delicious drink can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike – just like the movie it is based on. Get a cup and a half of pineapple juice, a fourth teaspoon of almond extract, a fourth teaspoon of imitation coconut extract, red and yellow food coloring, cranberries, and sparkling white grape juice (or Prosecco for the adults).
Combine the red and yellow food coloring to make an orange stain for the sugar. Dip a glass into water and coat the rim with the mixture. Stir the pineapple juice, almond and coconut extracts, and the food coloring together in a pitcher, then pour it over ice and top it off with the sparkling white grape juice.
Sangria is a sure-fire people pleaser, and it is easy to make this party staple into a Halloween-themed cocktail for the spooky season with a few simple ingredients. Give a blood-red color with a cabernet sauvignon, then to sweeten it up, add in some sugar and orange juice. Mix in orange liquor and club soda, then add a couple of orange slices and fresh blackberries for garnish. You’ll have guests lining up for more!