Sweet and Spooky: 13 Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Looking for something spooky to serve this Halloweekend? There are pumpkin cocktail recipes galore, but instead consider trying something scary or sweet.

(Photo: Pinnacle)
(Photo: Pinnacle)

Looking for something spooky to serve this Halloweekend?

There are pumpkin cocktail recipes galore, but instead, consider trying something scary or sweet.

With drink ingredients on hand, it’s simple to create classic Halloween effects reminiscent of ghosts, blood and eerie full moons. But if fright isn’t quite your forte, opt for a candy-inspired boozy beverage this Halloween.

The Qui-nut Butter Cup

(Recipe and photo courtesy of Prairie Rose of BitByaFox.Com)

2 oz. Qui tequila
1/2 oz. crème de cacao
1/2 oz. hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz. dark chocolate syrup
1 tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter
Pinch of salt
Garnish with chocolate syrup and a mini peanut butter cup

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of a chilled martini glass and pour blended mixture to the top. Garnish with a mini peanut butter cup on the rim of the glass.

Grey Goose Diabolique

(Photo: Grey Goose)
(Photo: Grey Goose)

1.5 oz. Grey Goose Le Citron
1/3 oz. Cointreau
1/3 oz. fresh pineapple juice
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. crème de mûre
Garnish with a pineapple slice and mint

Build all the ingredients apart from the crème de mûre in a mixing glass. Top with cubed ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass, then add a cap of crushed ice. Drizzle with crème de mûre and garnish.

Blood Orange Margarita 

(Photo: 1800)

1 oz. 1800 Añejo tequila
2 oz. blood orange juice
Splash of agave
Garnish with chili pepper

Combine ingredients and serve over ice with garnish.


Maker’s 46 Haunted Old-Fashioned

(Recipe and photo courtesy of Arley Marks of ArleyMarksDrinks and Dimes)

4 oz. Maker’s 46
1.5 oz. pumpkin syrup*
8 dashes Angostura bitters
8 dashes orange bitters
Splash of soda water
4 orange peels, squeeze oil from zest into tin
Garnish with candy corn

Shake all ingredients with orange peels and then strain into pumpkin filled with fresh ice. Add orange peels for decoration and top with a splash of soda water and garnish. 

*Pumpkin syrup: Remove seeds from a whole pumpkin and cut into slices that can be juiced. (A small pumpkin will yield approx. 1 cup of juice.) In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup pumpkin juice and 1 cup organic evaporated cane sugar with 2 whole cinnamon sticks. Heat until sugar is dissolved, let cool before using.

The Harvest Moon

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1.5 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka
3/4 oz. Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Orange zest garnish

Combine ingredients with ice, shake and strain. Garnish with orange zest and orange peel.

Jack’s Lantern

(Photo: elit
(Photo: elit by Stolichnaya )

2 oz. elit by Stolichnaya
1 oz. apple cider
1.2 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. allspice spiked agave*

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball or double rocks glass. 

*Allspice agave: Take 1 cup agave nectar and add 1/2 cup allspice powder. Mix until blended. 

Red Lady

(Photo and recipe courtesy of Irvington.)
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Irvington.)

1.5 oz. Nolet’s Gin
1/2 oz. Combier
1/2 oz. Clear Creek Oregon Cranberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg

Shake and strain into a coupe glass and garnish.

The Monster Mash

(Photo: Hangar 1)
(Photo: Hangar 1)

1 oz. Hangar 1 vodka
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. Unti rosé
1/2 oz. bianco vermouth
1 oz. seltzer water

Combine ingredients and serve in personalized bottles.

Pinnacle Halloweenie-Tini

(Photo: Pinnacle)
(Photo: Pinnacle)

1 oz. Pinnacle Caramel Apple Vodka
1 oz. apple juice

Shake and pour into glass.

The Black Widow

Recipe by Tad Carducci. (Photo: Diplomatica Reserva)
Recipe by Tad Carducci. (Photo: Diplomatico Reserva)

2 oz. Diplomatico Reserva
1/2 oz. Amaro Lucano
1/2 oz. honey syrup*
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish with an orange peel and grated allspice

Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

*Honey syrup: In a small pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup honey and 1 cup water and stir lightly until dissolved.

Lemon Lime Sour Critters Shots

(Recipe and photo via Created by Niccole Trzaska, The Liberty)
(Recipe and photo via Created by Niccole Trzaska, The Liberty)

Makes 12-14 Jell-O shots:
5 oz. Ménage à Trois Vodka
5 oz. water
5 oz. Tres Agaves margarita mix
1 packet gelatin
Garnish with lemon lime rock candy for “brains”

Mix all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a silicon mold in the shape of your choice. Add 1 Sour Patch Kid to each mold and set in refrigerator until it becomes a gel.

The Frankenstein

(Photo: UV)
(Photo: UV)

1 oz. UV Blue
1 oz. UV Citrus
1 oz. UV vodka
3 oz. lemon lime soda
3 oz. orange soda

Serve over ice.

Blood of Innocence

(Photo: Caliche)

1 L Caliche rum
1 bottle of Martini & Rossi prosecco
16 oz. Ruby Port
12 oz. Curaçao
12 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
12 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
8 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
8 oz. light agave nectar
1 large block of ice
Garnish with 1 cup sliced strawberries, 2 cups large lemon slices and a handful of mint leaves

In a large punch bowl, combine the Caliche, Port, Curaçao, fruit juices and agave nectar, stir until well incorporated, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the ice and garnishes to the bowl, gently stir in the prosecco. Serve in small punch cups. Sweet and Spooky: 13 Halloween Cocktail Recipes