Halloween Drinks & Cocktails

Impress your guests at your next Halloween party with scary, easy, and delicious drink ideas!

Staff Picks

Vampire Vodka Cocktail

Fit for Dracula himself! Sweet homemade grenadine serves as the "blood" in this inspired Halloween cocktail made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice.

Bleeding Heart Martini

Rating: 3.01 stars 103
Take a sip of this chilling gin-based bleeding heart martini, which gets its haunting hue from pickled baby red beets. Poke a cocktail skewer through each beet, which creates the effect of dripping blood.

Garden-of-Evil Punch

Beckoning jewel-toned fruits are cleverly frozen into a block of ice using a cake pan, then floated atop a Halloween punch spiked with sake and plum wine. Pomegranate juice gives the drink a very apt blood-red hue.

Spiced Apple Cider

Rating: 3.05 stars 182
On a cool fall day, enjoy a mug of warm apple cider. Cinnamon stick stirrers add spice and extra flavor to our favorite seasonal beverage.

Black Lagoon Cocktail

Rating: 3.69 stars 26
This lemony vodka libation, garnished with black ice cubes and a licorice stick, is perfect for your Halloween party. Make the licorice ice cubes by boiling water and anise seeds together, then stir in black food coloring, pour into a mold, and freeze.

Apple Cider, Cranberry, and Ginger Punch

Rating: 3.32 stars 410
A festive choice for happy hour, this fall cocktail recipe is made with ginger beer, fresh cranberries, and apple cider. Add a few ounces of gin for an adults-only beverage, or leave it out for a drink that the whole family can enjoy.

Easy Red Sangria

Rating: 3.24 stars 578
This easy-to-make beverage is sure to please any crowd—it's made with brandy, orange and apple slices, orange juice, club soda, and of course red wine. Choose a dry wine such as a red Zinfandel and make sure to chill the sangria before serving for the ultimate sip.

Black-Cherry Zombie

Black vodka provides the spooky color in this grown-up twist on a Shirley Temple, and black-cherry soda gives this drink its classic sweet flavor. Top it off with what else but a maraschino cherry garnish.

Ghost in the Graveyard Cocktail

Serve up a little black magic in the form of a cocktail made with vodka that's as dark as night—with a scoop of ghostly-white vanilla ice cream floating on top. It's rich, chocolatey, and absolutely spook-tacular.

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sours

Rating: 3.14 stars 90
This warm take on the whiskey sour adds Nocello, a walnut-flavored liqueur, for a nutty twist. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, which acts as a cocktail stirrer and adds even more spiced flavor.

Peacock Tonic

The usual gin and tonic gets brushed by a peacock's teal plume thanks to blue Curacao, a bitter-orange liqueur, and green Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur.

Shrunken Heads in Cider

Rating: 3.68 stars 257
This one-of-a-kind Halloween recipe is courtesy of viewer Allison DiNatale. Granny Smith apples are peeled, cored, and halved, then receive a spooky carving. They're baked until dehydrated to give them a "shrunken" appearance. Float in large punch bowl with apple cider, lemonade, and spiced rum (if desired).

Inspiration and Ideas

Screwed-Up Screwdriver

Conjure some black magic at Halloween using a splash of pitch-dark vodka in this classic citrus cocktail. This spooky screwdriver can be sipped through a licorice straw.