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Halloween Cocktail Ideas

Karen Frazier
Halloween cocktails

If you're throwing a Halloween bash (or if you just want a fun Halloween-themed libation), then having a signature Halloween-style cocktail can make your festivities even more fun. Try one or all of these original signature cocktails at your next party.

Hot Caramel Apple

Whether you choose to garnish this with a simple cinnamon stick (pictured) or you go a little fancier with garnishes (such as a drizzle of caramel), this cocktail is sure to stave off autumn chill. When serving it at a party, fill your slow cooker with apple cider and add the booze for each cocktail.

For the Cider

To make the cider, in a slow cooker combine 2 quarts of apple cider with three cinnamon sticks, 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of whole cloves. Simmer on low for four hours and keep warm throughout the party. This yields 8 cups of cider.

For the Cocktail

spiced apple cider

Grab some mugs and mix up cocktails on demand. Each makes one serving.

  • 1 cup hot apple cider
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients in a mug and stir to combine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Witch's Toast

This Halloween-style twist on a French 75 cocktail is a vibrant green, which is just the color of bubbly you'd expect a witch to use when making a toast. It makes one cocktail.


  • liqueur cocktail
    1 ounce sapphire gin
  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Champagne, sparkling dry white wine, or Prosecco


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, Midori, sugar, and ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a champagne glass.
  3. Top with the Champagne, Prosecco, or sparkling white wine.

Fiery Devil Shot

If shots are more your speed and you aren't afraid of a little spice, mix up a batch of these hot shots to share at your shindig. The recipe makes three shots.


  • Devil Vodka
    3 ounces habanero vodka or jalapeno vodka
  • 3 ounces cinnamon whiskey
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Ice
  • 6 long, slim red chili peppers, tops trimmed with a slit in the bottom of each


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, cinnamon whiskey, grenadine, lemon juice, and ice. Shake to chill.
  2. Strain into three shot glasses. Garnish with two chili peppers on each side of the shot glass to form devil horns.

Pumpkin Old-Fashioned

What's Halloween without pumpkins? For people with more classic tastes, this pumpkin twist on the classic old-fashioned cocktail is the perfect sip.


  • Old Fashioned
    1/2 ounce pumpkin-flavored syrup (such as Toriani pumpkin spice syrup)
  • 2 dashes orange-flavored bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Ice (optional)


  1. In an old-fashioned glass, stir the syrup and the bitters.
  2. Add the bourbon and a splash of water.
  3. Garnish with the orange peel.
  4. Add ice, if desired.

More Spooktacular Cocktails

Whether you choose these cocktails or others to make your party pop, you're sure to offer your guests a ghoulishly good time. Try some of the following for more spooky fun:

  • Halloween party drinks have an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages fun for any party.
  • Have a Harry Potter themed party and serve Butterbeer.
  • With its black licorice flavor, sambuca is the perfect Halloween cocktail mixer.
  • Midori has a vivid green color that makes it perfect for Halloween cocktails.
  • If Halloween is all about the candy for you (and why wouldn't it be?), try a Jolly Rancher Martini or a Sweet Tart cocktail. It'll make you feel like a kid again.
  • Hulk out at your Halloween bash. Dress as the Incredible Hulk and serve a Hulk cocktail.
  • Serve up a tasty pumpkin martini for jack-o-lantern fans.

A Ghoulishly Good Time

There's no need to have the same old cocktails at Halloween. Mix it up with fun Halloween-themed cocktails for a ghoulishly good time.

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Halloween Cocktail Ideas