Halloween Drinks & Cocktails

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

Staff Picks

Apple Cider, Cranberry, and Ginger Punch

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.

Spiced Apple Cider

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.

Extra Dark and Stormy

A spooky sip, this Halloween cocktail is inspired by the dark and stormy. It's got the usual dark rum and ginger flavors but with an added bitter touch from amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur.  

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.

Bitter Martini

October is the time for summoning spirits, including the boo-zy kind. Amaro, an herbal Italian liqueur, gives the classic martini a fall twist. Make it a double, for all your toil and trouble.

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.

Bleeding Heart Martini

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.

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sours

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.

Black Lagoon Cocktail

Rating: Unrated
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.

Hot Spiced Concord Grape Juice

Rating: Unrated
To usher in Halloween, you'll need a proper roiling, steaming brew—like those conjured in the best witches' kitchens. This Hot Spiced Concord Grape Juice is just the thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit. 

Shrunken Heads in Cider

Rating: Unrated
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).

Blood-Orange Cocktails

Rating: Unrated
Shots of this blood-orange specimen are just what the doctor ordered. Combine Solerno, a blood orange liqueur, with fresh blood orange juice for a bright sip all on its own, or mix it with sparkling wine for a festive and fizzy cocktail.

Inspiration and Ideas

Dark and Swampy Cocktail

A classic Dark and Stormy cocktail gets a visit from the swamp monster, in the form of spirulina powder, in this festive Halloween cocktail.