7 Halloween Cocktails To Get You In The Spooky Spirit

Trick or treat yo' self

Just because you're too old to ask your neighbours for candy doesn't mean you can't celebrate the spookiest night of the year. Throw on your scariest 'fit and shake up a round or three of wicked cocktails to get ya in the spine-tingling spirit - these recipes are here to help.

Devil's Wish

This devilish drink is the perfect way to kick off a Halloween party in sinister style, with a savoury edge that we dig.

Original photo credit: Double Dutch Drinks

  • 25ml gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 20ml clear apple juice
  • Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil soda
  • Two chillis and black pepper, for garnish

Add the gin, Campari and apple juice to a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a Martini glass and top up with the pomegranate & basil soda. If you're feelin' fiery, garnish with two chilli "horns" on each side of the rim and crack some fresh black pepper over top. 

Recipe adapted from Double Dutch Drinks

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

Want a drink that packs in alllll the fall flavours? We've got you covered. Plus, you can easily make this cocktail into a punch for the Halloween party of your dreams (nightmares?). Wicked.

Original photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

  • Cinnamon sugar, for rim
  • 45ml bourbon
  • 30ml fresh lemon juice
  • 60ml apple cider (non-sparkling) or cloudy apple juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons real maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Sparkling hard apple cider, to top
  • Cinnamon sticks, rosemary and apple slices, for garnish

Rim a cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar. In a shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon. Shake until chilled, then strain into the rimmed glass over ice and top with the sparkling hard cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, rosemary and apple slices, and you've got a drink that's cuter than Casper the Friendly Ghost holding a kitten.

Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

Blue on Blue

Nothing gets the party started like a blue cocktail - and this fruity, easy-drinking number is ghoulishly good.

Original photo credit: Absolut Vodka

  • 30ml Absolut Vodka
  • 20ml coconut water
  • 20ml cranberry juice
  • 10ml blue curacao
  • 5ml simple syrup
  • 3 blueberries on a pick, for garnish

Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake that thing like you've just seen a ghost. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with the bluebs, baby. 

Recipe adapted from Absolut

Pumpkin Spice Calypso Cocktail

Need a boost before you haunt the town? This cosy, caffeinated serve is just what the witch doctor ordered.

Original photo credit: Mr Black Spirits

  • 50ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
  • 150ml freshly brewed black coffee
  • 12.5ml pumpkin spice syrup
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a heatproof glass, combine the coffee liqueur, black coffee and pumpkin spice syrup and stir. Lightly whip the cream and pour it over the back of a spoon onto the drink. Grate some nutmeg over the top and drink up.

Recipe adapted from Mr Black Spirits

Blood & Sand

We can't resist a classic Scotch serve as the nights draw in - especially one with a name worthy of All Hallow's Eve.

  • 20ml Scotch whisky
  • 20ml sweet vermouth
  • 20ml cherry liqueur
  • 20ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Orange twist, for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with the orange twist and get sippin'.

The Lost Souls

Break out the mezcal and you know you're in for a good night. Smoky, earthy, rich and sweet, this is the drink to shake up when ya wanna impress your mates with your bad-ass bartending skills.

Original photo credit: The Lost Explorer Mezcal

  • 40ml The Lost Explorer Espadín Mezcal
  • 30ml orange liqueur
  • 30ml beet juice
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 10ml agave syrup
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Shaved dark chocolate, for garnish

Add all ingredients (except the garnish, natch) to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a cut lil coupe glass, then garnish with the choc.

Recipe adapted from The Lost Explorer Mezcal

Death Eater Negroni

Our fave aperitivo classic gets a dark twist from fresh pomegranate juice. Stunning. 

Original photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

  • 30ml gin
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml pomegranate juice
  • Orange peel and pomegranate seeds, for garnish

This one's scarily easily - just stir all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and garnish. BOOM.

Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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