Spook-tacular Halloween Cocktails

October 7, 2013    |    By +
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Halloween is one of the most spook-tacular celebrations of the year for both kids and grownups. For the young ones, serious candy binging is the highlight of their year! And for us adults, a Halloween party is just what the good witch (or bad) ordered. Costumesspooky decor, ghoulish looking treats, and party foods are essential for hosting a fabulous night of thrills, but even more eerie-sistable Halloween party must-haves (for adults, of course) are the sweet alcoholic concoctions and well-named brews. Your party drinks need to have the “ick,” factor with an accompanying delicious taste, to have your guests in high…spirits. The bewitching hour nears, so I’ve rounded up my favorite ghastly cocktails for your celebrations. Happy Haunting!

Vampires Punch

Vampire’s Punch

Courtesy of Food and Beverage World

Serves 12

18 oz. SKYY Infusions Cherry

8 oz. Lime Juice

6 oz. Cranberry Juice

2.5 oz. Grenadine


Fresh cherries, pits removed

Wash and remove pits and stems from fresh cherries, and muddle in cocktail shaker. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except the 7UP, in bowl and stir. Top with 7UP and muddled cherries.


Dark and Spooky

Originally from the Food Network

Black decorating sugar, for the glass

Juice of 1 lime, plus 1 lime wedge

1/4 cup dark rum

1/4 cup ginger beer or all-natural ginger ale

1 black gummy spider

Spread out the black sugar on a small plate. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass; dip the glass in the black sugar, then fill with ice. Combine the rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Carefully strain into the glass. Top the drink with ginger beer and add the gummy spider.


Halloween Sunset

Originally from Martha Stewart.com

3 ounces tangerine juice

1 ½ ounces white rum

¾ ounce grenadine

Ice cubes

Combine juice and rum in a tall glass filled with ice. Top with grenadine. Serve.

Ruffino Elisir Magico

Ruffino Elisir Magico

Originally from Ruffino

6 oz Ruffino Moscato d’Asti

.5 oz Nux Alpina Black Walnut Liqueur

1 dash Angostura Bitters                       

Garnish: Orange Twist

Add Black Walnut Liqueur and bitters into a wine glass over ice. Top with 6 oz of Ruffino Moscato d’Asti.  Garnish.


Green Bat-inis

Originally from Better Homes and Gardens 

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ to ½ cup sugar

½ cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup sparkling mineral water

Dash ginger ale

2 to 3 cups ice

1 cup vodka

Frozen vodka

Mint sprigs and lemon slices for garnish

Chill four serving glasses in the freezer. Combine lemon juice, sugar, mint, mineral water, ginger ale and ice in a blender. Slowly blend until thick.

Remove the four glasses from the freezer and pour a jigger (1/4 cup) vodka into each. Top with frozen lemonade mixture. Makes 4 servings.


Embalming Fluid

Originally appeared in Noshing with the Nolands

1½ oz. Mandarin vodka

½ oz. sour apple mix

½ oz. lime juice

4 oz. ginger ale

2 drops green food coloring, optional

Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake twice and serve in your most ghoulish of glasses.



Courtesy of YAZI Ginger Vodka

2 Parts Yazi Ginger Vodka

1 Part Triple Sec

Splash of lemon juice

Dash of simple syrup

Shake with ice and serve up in martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.


Ghostly Spirits

Originally from Better Homes and Gardens

1 ¼ cups whole milk

1/3 cup whipping cream

¼ cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

¾ cup vodka

2/3 cup white chocolate liqueur

Ice cubes

Pressurized whipped cream

White chocolate shavings and/or White Chocolate Ghosts* (optional)


Speaking of glasses, if you’re looking for a vessel for your Halloween concoctions, try the Spider Metal Drink Dispenser Stand  and the ghoulishly looking yet, awesomely spooky Vampire Teeth Dispenser. For more ghoulish inspiration, visit our Halloween Pinterest Board.


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