Top 10 Halloween Cocktails & Drinks – A Couple Cooks

These Halloween cocktails deliver on flavor…and effects! Any party is better with spooky alcoholic drinks in hand.

What makes a next-level Halloween party? Halloween drinks! Themed cocktails make any party more fun, and these drinks are absolutely on brand: spooky and neon-colored. Some even bubble and smoke! Because we’re cocktail purists, we’ve added some of our favorite classic cocktails that fit the theme. Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, and Zombie are ideal 1920’s drinks that fit into ghoulish theme. Ready to get started?

Note: Plan to use dry ice in your Halloween alcoholic drinks? Read the safety and handling instructions in How to Make Dry Ice Drinks & Cocktails!

And now…the best Halloween drinks and cocktails!

Looking for an impressively spooky Halloween cocktail? Try the Witches Brew! Its neon green color might look menacing. But take a sip and it’s bright and sweet tart, with flavors of melon and citrus. Adding dry ice makes the brew bubble and boil, with a magic smoke that wisps into the air!
Ingredients: Midori melon liqueur, Cointreau, lemon juice

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Another spooky Halloween drink: try the Vampire’s Kiss! This blood red drink is simply a berry-flavored vodka martini that’s masquerading as a sinister Halloween cocktail. Give it a sip and it’s sweet tart with a fruity berry finish. Dress it up with a red sugar rim and a chunk of dry ice: it bubbles and boils with a constant stream of smoke!
Ingredients: Vodka, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice, lemon juice, grenadine

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Here’s a spooky drink that’s over-the-top fun: Halloween Punch! This blood red cauldron magically bubbles and boils, releasing tendrils of smoke all over the room. If that’s not impressive, we’re not sure what is! On its own it’s a fruity Halloween punch for kids, but turn it into a Halloween alcoholic punch by adding aged rum.
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, apple juice or cider, ginger ale, aged rum (optional)

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What’s better for Halloween than a Pumpkin Martini? This drink is creamy and made with real pumpkin for the best natural flavor. Even better, coat the glass rim in crushed graham crackers and you get a hint of crunchy sweet in each sip! This is an ideal cocktail for impressing your friends at Halloween.

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Looking for a Halloween cocktail that’s sippable and not too sweet? Try the Pumpkin Old Fashioned! This one is for bourbon-lovers: it’s a nuanced slow sipper with notes of vanilla, maple and spice. It’s barely sweet and bourbon-forward, ideal for sipping by the fireside or any fall occasion. While it’s bright orange, it tastes just like the Classic Old Fashioned you love…only cozier.
Ingredients: Bourbon, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla

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Here’s a classic cocktail that’s as unique as its name…the Corpse Reviver No 2! While this drink has nothing scary or ghoulish about it, it’s perfect for Halloween: and it’s damn good. It’s a classic gin sour cocktail from the 1930’s that’s tart and zingy from lemon juice and orange liqueur, with a hint of licorice on the finish. It’s truly a stunner.
Ingredients: gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, dry vermouth or Lillet Blanc, absinthe

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Here’s another classic cocktail that works as a Halloween drink, too: Death in the Afternoon! This iridescent green cocktail stars the combination of absinthe and sparkling wine, and the flavor is delightfully intriguing! It’s bubbly with a black licorice finish. Invented by writer Ernest Hemingway in the 1930’s, it’s the perfect Halloween cocktail.
Ingredients: absinthe, Champagne or Prosecco, simple syrup

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Here’s a Halloween cocktail that’s completely over the top…but worth it if you’re an adventurous home bartender. Meet the Zombie! This classic cocktail packs a potent punch, with four types of rum, three fruit juices and two fruit syrups. It’s totally unnecessary…but then again, that makes it more festive! This cocktail was invented in the 1930’s and was one of the first of its kind…and the name makes it perfect for Halloween parties.
Ingredients: white rum, spiced rum, dark rum, 151 rum (optional), lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, orange bitters, grenadine

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Here’s another classic that’s on theme as a Halloween cocktail: the good old Bloody Mary! This classic drink was invented in the 1920’s, and the combination of vodka and tomato juice has become one of the most popular in the world. For Halloween, add some spooky garnishes (pickled onion eyeballs, anyone?).
Ingredients: vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, celery salt, black pepper

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“It was a dark and stormy night” is the opener to many spooky tales, so it’s a great easy cocktail for Halloween! Each ingredient has lots of personality: the rich, earthy dark rum, with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Add to that spicy ginger beer, fruity and filled with effervescent bubbles, and tangy lime. Even better: you can mix it up right in the glass!
Ingredients: dark rum, ginger beer and lime

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These Halloween cocktails deliver on flavor…and effects! Any party is better with spooky alcoholic drinks in hand.

1 ½ ounces* Midori
1 ½ ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
For the garnish: 1 small dry ice cube**, cocktail cherry

Make the drink: Add the Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice to a cocktail mixing glass (or cocktail shaker). Add 2 handfuls regular ice cubes and stir until cold. Strain the drink into a lowball glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.
Break the dry ice into 1-inch chunks (if using): Do this as close to the time you’ll be serving the drinks as possible, though you can buy the dry ice a few hours in advance. Start by dropping the plastic bag with the dry ice on the ground several times to allow it break into large chunks. Remember never to touch the dry ice with your bare hands! Put on goggles and gloves. Use a chisel to break the dry ice into smaller pieces using a screwdriver or ice pick. The ideal size is 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunks that are large enough to sink to the bottom of the drink, but small enough to disappear in a few minutes. Wrap the small chunks in a towel in a cooler until you’re ready to serve the drinks. Do not place the dry ice in the freezer.
Add the dry ice: Using tongs (do not touch the dry ice!), add a 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunk of dry ice to the glass, which will sink to the bottom and immediately make a smoking effect. The ice cube will disappear in about 5 minutes. Do not drink the dry ice! Wait until the cube disappears before enjoying your drink (or you can take sips with the dry ice in the bottom). Review the dry ice handling instructions above.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
**Dry ice is available at many grocery stores and comes in a large block. Buy it a few hours before you plan to serve the drinks (it does not store in the freezer). Read more about Dry Ice Safety here.

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