Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Bring the backyard to the bar with these scarily seasonal drinks.

Wolf's Blood

Wolf's Blood

Make your own blood orange liqueur for this drink, full of whiskey, vermouth and bitters. 

Photo by: Image courtesy of The Third Man

Image courtesy of The Third Man

Make your own blood orange liqueur for this drink, full of whiskey, vermouth and bitters. 

While the kids roam the streets for tricks and treats, adults toast the holiday with drinks packed with seasonal flavors. Apples, pumpkins, blood oranges and even the dreaded ghost chili bring the haunted harvest from the backyard to the bar. 

Wolf's Blood — The Third Man, New York City

Howling at the moon is thirsty business. Make your own blood orange liqueur to spice up this signature drink. 

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • ½ ounce vermouth
  • ½ ounce blood orange liqueur (recipe follows)
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Build in a mixing glass and stir. Serve in a stemmed glass with a flamed orange peel. 

Blood Orange Liqueur

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup rum
  • 5 blood orange
  • 5-6 allspice pods
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Peel oranges and add peels to vodka and rum. Cover and let sit for 48 hours. Juice oranges and heat with water, allspice and sugar until the mixture thickens. Remove allspice pods. Remove the peels from the alcohol and combine it with the sugar mixture. Let cool. 

Ghost Margarita

Ghost Margarita

The ghost chili adds a nice warm heat to this cool margarita. 

Photo by: Image courtesy of Butter

Image courtesy of Butter

The ghost chili adds a nice warm heat to this cool margarita. 

Ghost Margarita — Butter, New York City

The only spirit in this drink in tequila, but the name comes from the ghost chili, which imparts its spicy flavor through a simple syrup. 

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce Grand Mariner
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1.5 ounce ghost chili simple syrup

Dust the rim of the glass with salt mixed with some dried ghost chili or red pepper flakes. Combine all ingredient into a cocktail shaker and pour over ice. 

Ghost chili simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 smidge dried ghost chili

Warm all ingredients over low heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Strain and check for heat level. 

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Mr. Hyde Potion

Unleash your Halloween guests' hidden wild side with this potent potable. Made with vodka, aromatic herbs and blackberry liqueur, it's frightfully refreshing. Get the recipe.

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Bloody Orange Cocktail

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Witch's Hat Cocktail

Don't be fooled by this concoction's dark and mysterious color; this sinister sip is sweet and fruity with just enough tartness to balance it all. Get the recipe.

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Classic Margaritas With a Candy Twist

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Smokin' Skulls Shot

Dry ice chips give this sinister sip its signature vaporous effect while bourbon lends a smoky flavor. Serve in shot glasses — but allow dry ice to completely dissolve before drinking. Get the recipe.

Poison Apple Cocktail

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Black Devil Martini

Dark rum and a black olive garnish give this martini its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party. Get the recipe.

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Black Magic Cocktail

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Black Widow Shot

Black vodka and cranberry juice give this shot its venomous bite. Rim the glass with red sugar crystals for an added touch. Get the recipe.

Easy Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

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Zombie Slime Shooters

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Almond Joy Martini

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Blood Sucker Cocktail

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Liquefied Ghost Cocktail

Your Halloween guests will die for a sip of this ghostly white cocktail that tastes like a grown-up milkshake. Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda, then serve in a martini glass. Get the recipe.

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Pumpkin Spice Punch

Summery sangria gets a flavorful update for fall with pumpkin pie spice, bourbon and apple cider. Make a big batch to serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin for a pitch-perfect seasonal presentation. Get the recipe.

Milky Way Martini

What would Halloween be without candy? This Milky Way martini combines coffee liqueur, chocolate vodka and cream for an adults-only version of the classic candy bar. Get the recipe.

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Witches' Brew

Pull out your cauldron to scare up a batch of this party-perfect punch. Pineapple and cranberry juice give this drink its harvest-moon hue while a shot of Malibu rum lends a Caribbean kick. Get the recipe.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream — but a liberal shot of bourbon ensures this fall-flavored milkshake is an adults-only treat. Or, skip the booze and blend up a batch of non-alcoholic shakes for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe.

Zombie Cocktail

Like zombies themselves, this cocktail packs a powerful punch thanks to apricot brandy and three types of rum: light, dark and high-proof Bacardi 151. Grenadine and orange juice give the drink its lovely pumpkin hue. A few of these and you may indeed feel like the walking dead the next day. Get the recipe.

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Bloody Brain Shooter

Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of 'brain.' Get the recipe.

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The Brain Cocktail

For a simpler, fruitier take on the Bloody Brain Shooter, pour peach schnapps into a glass and top with Irish cream for a blood-curdling presentation. For extra gore, top with a dash of blood-red grenadine. Get the recipe.

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Vampire Cocktail

This dessert-worthy combination of vanilla ice cream, triple sec and white crème de cacao is deliciously disgusting, thanks to drizzles of blood-red grenadine down the sides of the glass. Get the recipe.

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Jack-O'-Lantern Cocktail

Cognac, Grand Marnier and orange juice give this sweet sippable an unexpected kick. Get the recipe.

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Nonalcoholic Cemetery Punch

Kids will flip for this gross-looking punch. Since little ghouls and goblins will likely be pumped up on sugar from trick-or-treat bags, diet root beer and frozen yogurt won't add to the impact. Get the recipe.

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Vesper Martini

Made famous by super-spy James Bond, this chilling recipe, named for 007's deceased love, is sure to give you the vapors. Get the recipe.

Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail

Blood orange juice and black cherry soda give this cocktail its bloody hue while vodka and bitters pack a mighty punch. Get the recipe. Recipe created by Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark for Cooking Channel

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Mela — A Voce, New York City

Wine director Olivier Flosse uses local upstate New York apples for the apple puree in this "intense and rich cocktail that's on the sweeter side." 

  • 2 ounces Calvados
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 large scoop of baked apple puree
  • Fresh cinnamon

Shake all ingredients and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and an apple peel. 

Apple puree

  • 2 apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons cinnamon

Thinly slice the apples and toss them with the sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and puree in a food processor.  

Sleepy Hollow —James Republic, Long Beach, California

SoCal mixologist Melodie Murphy uses Kabocha pumpkin from local farmers markets for the puree in this drink, named after the Washington Irving classic. 

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3 dashes maple bitters

Shake and strain into a saucer glass. Serve straight up and garnish with nutmeg.

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