10 Halloween Drinks to Awaken Your Spooky Spirit

By Heather Aucker


As the dusk of Halloween night creeps closer to bring out the scary ghoul in most of us, what better way to enjoy the holiday with some festive cocktails. Here is a list of 10 fab-boo-lous Halloween drinks that will bring the dead back to life.

1. Halloweeny Martini Madness


2 oz Orange Vodka

2 tablespoons Cointreau

1 oz orange cello liqueur

2 tablespoons lime juice


Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, Cointreau, Orange Cello liqueur and lime juice.

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.


2. Zombie Cocktail


1 oz Bacardi rum 

1oz. dark or spiced rum

1 oz. apricot brandy

2 oz. orange juice

1 oz lime juice and/or pineapple juice,

A handful of ice, and

2 dashes of grenadine.


Mix Bacardi, dark rum, and brandy in a cocktail shaker add lime and/or pineapple juice, and grenadine. Shake well, then strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.


3. Grave Digger Cocktail


2 ounces Hard Cider

1-ounce Whiskey (I used Bourbon)

Ginger ale, to fill

Crushed ice


In a 12-16 ounce tumbler or highball glass, combine the hard cider and whiskey. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Fill with ginger ale


4. Purple People Eater


1 1/2 part vodka

1 part blue curacao

1 part sweet and sour mix

1 part grenadine

1 part cranberry juice can also use cran-grape or grape juice

simple syrup optional – can use water or juice instead

 purple sugar such as sanding sugar (aka sprinkles)


On a small plate, add purple sugar. Wet the rim of a glass with simple syrup (or cranberry juice or just water) and gently dab the top of the glass in the purple sugar, coating the rim. Set glass aside. Combine vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until combined.

Fill the sugar-coated glass with ice. Pour purple people eater cocktail mix into the glass until full.

Serve immediately.


5. Vampire's Kiss


25 milliliters vodka 

20 milliliters cherry brandy

Dash of grenadine

Champagne or Prosecco

100 grams (0.44 cups) sugar

50 milliliters (1/4 cup) light corn syrup, for example, Karo

50 milliliters (1/4 cup) water

Drop or two of red food coloring


First, prepare the blood sugar rim. Using the above measurements you will end up with more red, rim coating than you need but in order to dunk the cocktail glass successfully, you really need to make at least this quantity. To begin, add the sugar, syrup, and water to a pan and heat without stirring. Use a probe to measure the temperature. Once the mixture has reached 300 degrees Fahrenheit add a few drops of food coloring. Dip your cocktail glass into the red syrup as little or as much as you desire. The drips will dribble down and create a good, vampire-esk, bloody effect on the glass. Add the vodka, cherry brandy, and grenadine to a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and shake. Strain into your glass and top with prosecco or champagne. Serve.


6. Halloween Margarita


25 milliliters triple sec

25 milliliters Reposado Tequila

1-2 limes

60 milliliters sugar syrup

Black sea salt for the rim

Orange coloring (neon orange gel works a treat)


Make the sugar syrup if you don't have any prepared. Add equal parts of caster sugar and water to a pan. Dissolve the sugar and then put it in the fridge to cool. Crush up a handful of black sea salt and spread over a plate. Cut a wedge of lime and slit it down the middle then wipe it around the rim of a Margarita glass and get busy dipping each section of the rim circumference into the salt. Use a knife to carefully push the salt around the edge if it doesn't stick readily. Squeeze 20 milliliters of fresh lime. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the tequila, Cointreau, lime, sugar syrup, and orange juice. Shake for about 15-20 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass.

7. Witches Brew Cocktail


1 oz vodka

1/2 oz lime juice

2 oz Raspberry liqueur

2 oz Sprite

1 tsp. Silver Cake shimmer

1 drop purple food coloring


In a large bar, shaker add your liquors, silver shimmer, and lime juice. Shake to combine.

Pour your mixture into a glass. Top with Sprite.


8. Good and Evil Cocktail


1 oz. vodka

1 oz. Apple Pucker

1 oz. Midori

1 oz. triple sec

1 handful of ice

pineapple juice

Sierra Mist

lemon slice, for garnish


Combine vodka, ApplePucker, Midori, and Triple Sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass, then top with pineapple juice and Sierra Mist. Garnish with a slice of lemon (optional).

9. Poison Apple Cocktail


1/3 c. apple cider

1/3 c. cranberry juice

2 oz. fireball

1 oz. grenadine

1/4 tsp. edible gold glitter



Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, then fill a shaker with ice. Shake until the contents are mixed and the shaker is cold for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and serve.


10. Sweet Poison Cocktail


1 oz. light rum

2 oz. coconut rum

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 handful of ice

pineapple juice

Pineapple wedge (for garnish)


Combine both rums and Blue Curacao in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then pour into a cocktail glass. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

With Halloween right around the corner, make sure you celebrate with one of these premium spooky season drinks.

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