Here’s a Halloween ‘trick or treat’ for grown-ups: Halloween-inspired cocktails. While the kids run out and get their candy, mix yourself a few of these monster martinis, prop up your feet, and let the alcohol work its magic.
These Halloween cocktails are also great for Halloween parties. We threw in a few non-alcoholic ones for kids or any guests who’d rather get their buzz from the good conversation.
1. The Ghost
In a shaker, mix 1 and ¼ ounces each of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, chocolate liquer, syrup. Add a little sweetener to taste. Shake, shake with lots of ice and then strain into a glass.
If you’re serving this at a fancy party and want an extra special oomph to impress your guests, freeze the glass beforehand (it’ll get all foggy) and sprinkle white chocolate around the rim.
2. Graveyard Punch
This is a non-alcoholic drink, so everyone can drink as much as they like! The cool green color is perfect for Halloween.
Just mix a liter of lemon lime soda with 5 tablespoons of lime grenadine. Garnish with lime slices. (If you’re serving this at a kid’s party, you may want to use thin apple slices.) This is especially cool if place the punch bowl next to a do-it-yourself smoke machine (find out how to do this wit a slow cooker in our article on cheap Halloween décor), or a row of pumpkins and witches’ hats.
3. Black Widow
This is a stiff drink, but damn it’s good. Perfect at a party where everyone’s ‘dressed to kill.’ Just mix two ounces of chilled black vodka and 3 ounces of chilled cranberry juice. Then, add ‘the kiss of death’ — maraschino cherries that you’ve soaked in corn syrup that’s been tinted with red food coloring.
4. Love Potion
This drink has a mysterious amber color—and a kick may just put you and your partner in the mood for a private Halloween party. Mix one and ¼ ounces of spiced rum and 5 ounces of lemon lime soda (7up and Sprite work well, too).
Planning a big party? This recipe’s good for a crowd of 80. Mix 2 fifths of dark rum, 2 fifths of light rum, 1 fifth Bacardi rum, 2 pints triple sec, 3 quarts of lemon juice, and one quart of grenadine. Yes, that’s a lot of rum. Why do you think we called it the Thriller? It’s not just a zombie, it’s a horde—enough to populate Michael Jackson’s iconic video. Combine everything in a pitcher or punchbowl.
6. Faerie Drink
This drink is inspired by enchanted forests and a full moon. Combine 10 fresh mint leaves (bruise them to release the flavor), the juice of half a lime, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. Fill your glass with a few cubes of ice, then pour about 1 and a half ounces of rum. Add about 2 ounces of club soda and a splash of cola for that mysterious color and body.
7. Harry Potter Butterbeer
Both kids and adult with love this! You need a pint of vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup of butter (let it stand at room temperature) half a teaspoon of butterscotch extract, 1.4 cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a quart of apple cider.
With a mixer, combine ice cream, butterscotch, sugar, and spices. Then, transfer to a bowl and freeze. Then, pour apple cider in a pan and then heat. When you’re guests are ready, just scoop ice cream into a glass and pour over the cider. You can garnish this with apple slices, too.
8. Alien Invasion
This non-alcoholic drink is great for Halloween and Ben 10 themed birthday parties. Just add blue and green food coloring to a glass of lemonade.
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