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Spooky Sips! 30 Scarily Good Hallowe’en Cocktails

By Lora O’Brien

Just because we’re too old to go trick or treating doesn’t mean Hallowe’en isn’t still the most fun holiday of the year! Especially when a spooky cocktail party is on the cards. From witch’s potions to bloody brews, there are loads of great, ghoulish drink recipes that are perfect for getting you into the ‘spirit’ of the season!

What You’ll Need

1. A few of these recipes call for black vodka, and in fact, that in itself is a pretty spooky shot to serve up! Try Blavod – it’s a popular brand that’s coloured with natural plant based components.

2. Adding some shimmer to these drinks gives them an otherwordly glow! Try Popaball for a  vegan friendly ways to spruce up your glass of fizz, or add a little edible shimmer into your drinks.

3. Serve up your drinks in crystal skull glasses (which you can use later, of course), with black paper straws (way more eco friendly than paper), and make some skull ice cubes to float around in the brew with a mold tray like this. Tip: you can use the mold to make scary chocolates, too!

As always when it comes to alcohol, you can check whether your spirit is vegan friendly using alcohol checkers such a barnivore. If food colouring is required, why not make your own vegan friendly dye?

Now, choose your poison!

1. Witch’s Brew Cocktail

You don’t need test tubes to make these look super cool – the lime jelly mixed with fruit juice, vodka and a splash of lemonade looks pretty spooky in any transparent glass. Of course, gelatin isn’t vegan, but it’s easy to make your own using this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

2. Spooky Halloween Blackberry & Grape Punch

Looking for a recipe that you can make to suit both kids and adults? Why not use this punch recipe as a basis for your Halloween evening? The kids will absolutely love it, and you can add a splash of vodka into the cups of the parents. Just be careful not to mix up the glasses!

Get the recipe here.

3. ‘Poisoned’ Apple Cider Cocktail

This cocktail is super easy to make and has just a handful of ingredients. Apple cider vinegar mixes with spiced rum and pomegranate juice. If you source authentic grenadine, the recipe is vegan friendly, so you can add that gorgeous hue naturally.

Get the recipe here.

4. Corpse Reviver 2

A popular cocktail back in the 1930’s, the Corpse Reviver #2 is making a modern day comeback. And this retro cocktail is complex, well balanced, not too powerful despite the shot of absinthe, and will go down a real treat. Why not use frozen grapes as ice cubes to give that creepy ‘eyeball’ vibe?

Get the recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Chai and Liquorice Martinis

A Halloween cocktail doesn’t get more festive than one that is infused with delicious pumpkin! And this martini recipe has a fun twist thanks to the liquorice. The base for this cocktail is pumpkin chai tea that is left to cool and then infused with liquorice syrup. And assortment of other flavours are then added, from orange and lemon juice to orange peel and a generous helping of vodka. It’s a unique taste that’s perfect for fall!

Get the recipe here.

6. Hocus Pocus

If you’re a fan of the film then you’ll love this cocktail. Make these creepily cool cocktails using:

  • 1 1/2 oz Wahoo Orange
  • 1 oz Morning Sunrise
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • Splash of Soda Water

Use mason jars to serve, and use blue sugar to coat the rim for a fun effect. Add ice and serve up!

Find more info here.

7. Halloween Vampire Blood Bar Cocktail

It doesn’t get more festive than a vampire approved cocktail! And these Bloody Mary cocktails – made creepier from being served in test tubes – look just like blood! They’re the perfect shot sized beverage to serve chilled to guests when they arrive.

Get the recipe here.

8. Red Apple Cider Sangria

Not everyone is wild for the taste of alcohol, so why not make something simple like this red apple cider sangria recipe? The best part is that you can make this 1-2 days ahead of time and so that it’s ready to be served, and there’s lot of delicious fruit to enjoy at the same time.

Get the recipe here.

9. Halloween Punch – With a Severed Hand

This is a brilliantly simple way of giving your Halloween drinks a spooky twist! Ice moulds are a great way to add something like a severed hand to any cocktail. When your guests find it floating in their drink, they may just scream in fright! Which is, of course, the desired effect ;).

Get the recipe here.

10. Witch’s Brew Cocktail

This fun and funky witch’s brew cocktail is as sassy as it is spooky! The purple hue and shimmer effect makes it suitably Hallowe’enish, with a girlish theme – perfect for girls’ night in! And if you can get your hands on some dry ice, it will make quite the impact when you serve these babies up.

Get the recipe here.

11. Black Magic Hallowe’en Cocktail

Is it really Hallowe’en without a little darkness somewhere? I love the orange and black combo of this recipe. It’s deliciously layered and and blends orange together with black vodka (try Blavod).

Get the recipe here.

12. Bloody Vampire

This recipe can be thrown together in minutes, making it great for if you have guests at your home as it will give you more time to mingle. This is just a vodka and cranberry – but with a spooky twist!

Get the recipe here.

13. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Martini

This cocktail is just like sippin’ on a pumpkin spice latte – but without the jitters! It’s super soft and creamy and the blend of spices is what really brings this drink together. Plus the soy milk and the pumpkin really take the edge off of the vodka.

Get the recipe here.

14. Sour Frankenstein Cocktail

This cocktail may give you a fright at first, but don’t let the green colour fool you; this recipe is really just a cucumber margarita in disguise. The limes add the perfect amount of zestiness against the cooling cucumber, and the fake blood is a wonderful extra!

Get the recipe here.

16. La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)

This cocktail may look pretty and pastel, but it packs a potent punch, and is super eerie thanks to the dry ice. These will be perfect if you’re hosting a more sophisticated party and don’t want novelty drinks served up. They still have that spooky effect, without OTT fake blood and floating limbs.

Get the recipe here.

17. Vampire’s Blood

You’ve gotta love a blood coloured drink at Halloween, right? Start off with some martini glasses and coat them with some pink sea salt, then add:

  • 1 1/2 Tequila Reposado
  • 1 1/1 oz Upbeet Pear
  • 1/2 Soda Water

Stir together and you’re ready to serve up a cocktail any sophisticated vampire would be a fan of!

Find more info here.

18. Poison Apple Cocktail

Unlike the poison apple that sent Snow White into a pretty lengthy nap, this cocktail is a whole lot safer. And super tasty! Vodka is mixed with both orange and apple liqueur and then garnished with lots of apple slices and ice to make a refreshing and cooling drink.

Get the recipe here.

19. Apricot Bourbon Brew

This is another super quick cocktail to make, made even creepier by the simple addition of orange ‘skin coloured with some black vegan friendly dye. Wrap the orange peel round a straw for a simple yet effective pop of Hallowe’en darkness.

Get the recipe here.

20. Shimmery Liqueur

How fabulous is this shimmery vodka? And it’s SO easy to make! Vodka is simply infused with flavouring and shimmer dust to create a fun and mystical looking drink. And if you’re looking for shortcuts, buy flavoured vodka and just add the shimmer to it.

Get the recipe here.

21. Black Magic

It doesn’t get more magical than this galaxy inspired cocktail that is both dark and shimmery. The black vodka and lime combination makes this a mix between a lime daiquiri and a lime martini, and the added pearl dust gives it the fun sparkle. Have Halloween cocktails ever looked more chic?

Get the recipe here.

22. Purple People Eater Cocktail

If you don’t like your cocktails on the sweeter side then you may go wild for this sweet and sour twist. A dark purple hue, this looks super trendy served in glasses with edible glitter round the rim.

Get the recipe here.

23.  Piña Ghouladas

The name of this one makes me literally LOL! A fun way to serve these would be in skull glasses like these: check them out!

Get the recipe here.

24. Brain Hemorrhage Cocktail 

Okay, so this looks totally gross, but that’s the point, right? The creepier the better when it comes to Halloween! The brain parts is made from Bailey’s (which now have a vegan option, yay!) with a little grenadine topping to make it look nice and bloody!

Get the recipe here.

25. Sleepy Hollow Cocktail

This sophisticated cocktail will be a hit with all at this year’s Hallowe’en gathering. The smouldering rosemary emits a gorgeous scent, whilst also making this cocktail look super elegant.

Get the recipe here.

26. Witches Brew

Make your drink look like it’s been served up at an old school tavern with this witch theme. You can even serve these hot or cold. You’ll need:

  • 3 oz Harvest Apple Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • Optional: Drop of Grand Marnier

Pop a cinnamon stick in the top to use as a stirrer and you’re ready to get your cauldron bubbling!

Find more info here.

27. Apple Bobbing Punch

Apple bobbing is pure Hallowe’en! Why not bring this childhood game to life with this wonderful punch recipe? The apple infusion adds a wonderful freshness to the drink, and served in a glass with mini crab apples, it looks super quirky and fun!

Get the recipe here.

29. Apple Cider Pumpkin Beer Shandy

This is a fun and festive drink that’s made with a light alcohol option. Pumpkin beer is mixed with apple cider and then garnished with fresh apples, crunchy pomegranate seeds and fresh sprigs of rosemary.

Get the recipe here.

30. Beet-le Juice

How vibrant is this recipe? That gorgeous hue is wonderfully fitting for the spooky season! Wondering what ingredients you’ll need to make it? Here you go:

  • One High Ball Glass
  • 1/2 Oz Belmont Beet
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier

Serve in high ball glasses with a block of ice and an orange wedge and you’re all set!

Find more info here.

And some alcohol-free recipes . . .

Okay, not everyone drinks. Like, kids. So I’ve added some cocktails that don’t rely on alcohol. Of course, you can make these and serve the virgin options up to children and designated drivers (lets drink responsibly!) then add a splash of alcohol for anyone requesting it.

Shrunken Heads Cider

Hot and spicy, this rather healthy brew is made scary with a bit of apple carving art! Super fun for kids to help with, you can make these faces as terrifying as you like – when you bake them, they shrink, and float in the cider perfectly!

Get the recipe here.

 

Pumpkin Crush

Give orange fizz a lush effect. Simply pour the orange into a blender with some ice and pour into a pitcher so that the kiddies will be able to help themselves. Or, to make it really fun, you could pour these into small mason and then hide them in some ice alongside some spooky fake spiders to give kids a fun way to find their drinks.

Get the recipe here.

Vampire Mist Cocktail (Or Mocktail)

This recipe can easily be adapted to suit both the kiddies and the adults. If you’re looking to make this for the adults, add in some vanilla vodka. To turn it into a mocktail, simply add additional ginger beer in its place. The dry ice will really wow your guests, but remember; wait for the dry ice to melt before taking a sip!

Get the recipe here.

Cherry Chiller

This mocktail not only looks the park, but you can easy throw in some cherries to make it look like eyeballs are floating along the bottom. Serve this up in bloody dripped glasses, and you’ll really have everyone enjoyably creeped out!

Get the recipe here.

Harry Potter Felix Felicis Potion

This is going to be a real hit with everyone, especially if they’re a fan of the Harry Potter franchise! Felix Felicis is a liquid luck potion that enables the drink to be successful in everything they pursue, and served in little potion glasses like these makes them even more adorable!

Get the recipe here.

Hocus Pocus Punch

Not only does this recipe look the part, but you’ll be happy to learn that it has only four ingredients. Peach and mango juice are mixed with mango sorbet and fizzy peach to create an orange drink that is both refreshing and pumpkin hued!

Get the recipe here.

Black Lemonade

It doesn’t get any simpler than black lemonade, and yet it’s so incredibly fitting for the Hallowe’en season. Activated charcoal is mixed with the juice of one lemon and water and then sweetened with a little maple syrup and topped with ice. Actually, this is pretty damn healthy!

Get the recipe here.



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