You decided to throw this year's Halloween party and have come here for spooky Halloween cocktails to make at home?
Also, do you feel the worn-out Wodka-Jelly shots from the 80s are nothing to get too excited about? Then you're at the right place, as it's the perfect time to get a little fancy.
Here's a list of our favorite Halloween cocktails. They are spooky, mostly easy to make, and delicious. We also linked Halloween glassware for you to give your cocktails the right look.
1. The Graveyard Shift
This drink by Katie (@garnish_girl) one is for the coffee lovers, and it's super easy to do a non-alcoholic version for younger guests. Just replace the alcohol and coffee part with a hot chocolate, et voila.
1.5 oz Oreo infused Vodka
0.75 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz espresso
0.25 oz vanilla simple syrup
vanilla whipped cream
miniature shovel as garnish
To infuse your Vodka with Oreo flavor, take one cookie per 1.5 oz, add it to the Vodka the day before and let it sit overnight. Then mesh strain it after 24h and run the spirit through a coffee filter to remove tiny bits and pieces of oreo.
To mix the cocktail: Shake, strain, and top with (lightly sweetened) vanilla whipped cream and crumbled Oreos. The amount of whipped cream depends on the glass you use. I recommend keeping it below 0.5 inch/ 1cm.
Get the glassware here.
2. Black 'N Bloody Mai Tai
This Halloween-themed Mai Tai literally is a bloody good and fun version of the Mai Tai. It is fruity, boozy, and fun to make.
1.5 oz White Rum
0.75 oz Cointreau
0.75 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
0.5 oz Orgeat
0.75 oz Dark rum
A dash of squid ink -or alternatively 1 tbsp. of activated charcoal, if you have reservations about squid ink
Dried Hibiscus flowers
Pour Dark Rum into a glass, add hibiscus flowers (2 - 3 per oz), and let it sit for a few hours until the Rum turns dark and bloody red. You can do that for all servings at once. Use a little more Rum, as the flowers will soak up some of the Rum.
Add White Rum, lime juice, Cointreau, squid ink (or charcoal), and lots of crushed ice into your shaker. Give all a good shake and pour the mixture with the ice into your glass.
Be careful not to fill the glass to the rim. You will need a little space for the bloody Rum float.
Place enough extra crushed ice on top so it covers the surface nicely. Then slowly pour the hibiscus-favored Rum on top using your bar spoon to keep it on top. Enjoy!
Get the glassware here.
3. The Vampira's Attic
And the dry ice adds the perfect spooky touch - if you don't want to go through the trouble of using dry ice, you can also go for a Halloween-themed glass instead.
Difficulty: medium to hard
8 oz grape/currant juice
1 oz black Vodka - alternatively, regular Vodka will work, too
0.5 oz lemon juice
A splash of club soda
Dry Ice - where to get that from
Blackberries for garnish
Mix all ingredients expect the soda and the dry ice in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Strain it into the glass and add a splash of soda before adding the skewered blackberries and the dry ice.
Important note when using dry ice: Make sure the dry ice fully dissolves before drinking the cocktail. That means you need to wait until the foggy effect stops. Otherwise, you risk frostbite.
Also, don't touch the dry ice with bare hands. Always use thick gloves or a spoon.
You can get glassware from the image here.
4. Bloody 75
This cocktail from Monica is a Halloween-inspired riff on the classic French 75, replacing the traditional Gin and lemon juice with Gibson's Finest Whisky Venerable, Dillion's Haskap Liqueur, and fresh pomegranate juice.
You can find more info about this creation at liqculture.
3/4 oz Gibson's Finest Whisky Venerable
3/4 oz Dillion's Haskap Liqueur
3/4 oz pomegranate juice
one dash simply syrup
2 oz Sparkling Wine
Add Whiskey, Liqueur, pomegranate juice, and syrup into your shaker. Fill it with ice and give it a good shake. Strain the mix into your Halloween flute glass and top it with sparkling wine.
5. The Oogie Boogie
This fun cocktail by Emrah (@lelabbo)s inspired by Tim Burton's famous movie A Nightmare before Christmas. It's a brilliant way to bring some 90s nostalgia with a modern twist to your Halloween party.
1.5 oz Tequila Blanco
0.75 oz Mezcal
0.75 oz Grand Marnier
1.5 oz lime juice
0.75 oz tarragon syrup
one chili pepper
one egg white
First, coat the rim of your glass with activated carbon salt and fill it with ice.
Then add a piece of chili pepper, Tequila, Mezcal, Grand Marnier, lime juice, tarragon syrup, and the egg white into your shaker and dry shake first.
That means without ice at first, and then a second time with ice. That way, you'll get a better foam. If you prefer a vegan option, you can replace the egg white with Aquafaba.
Now, carefully double strain into your glass and garnish with a lemon peel snake.
If you want to spice things up a little more, take two chili bits instead of one and muddle them before adding the other ingredients.
6. White Pumpkin Russian
A classic White Russian with a Halloween twist to it. It's something for you if you prefer cocktails that are a little more on the sweeter side - it's still well-balanced, though.
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz heavy cream
0.25 oz pumpkin spice syrup
pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon for garnish
Add Vodka, Kahlua, pumpkin-spiced syrup, and plenty of ice into your shaker, then shake until the mix is well-chilled. Strain the mixture in your glass or cup. Now pour the cream carefully via a spoon on top.
Using a spoon helps the cream to stay on top for the typical White Russian look.
Now sprinkle some cinnamon on top. - If you want to garnish your drink with a spooky face, slightly froth the cream before pouring it in.
If you want to do your own syrup, you can go with 9oz water, 9 oz brown sugar, a cinnamon stick, the pulp from one vanilla bean, three cloves, and a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.
Strain everything through a coffee filter and let it cool down before using it in your cocktail. For detailed instructions on how to make syrup, read here.
7. The Morgarita
The origin of Halloween is in Mexico, where it is called "Día de Los Muertos" and celebrates the dead. And how could this be done any better than by mixing two iconic Mexican Agave spirits like Brenton (@cheerstohappyhour) does in his black Margarita?
1.5 oz Tequila Tromba
0.5 oz Mezcal Aqua Santa
1 oz of lime juice
0.5 oz agave nectar
Barspoon of activated charcoal
Garnish: Tajin and dehydrated lime wheel
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rock glass with fresh ice.
Get the glass here. -Due to the European Data Protection Policy, this link is only accessible from outside the EU.