Beware! The 10 Best Halloween Cocktails [Recipes]

Beware! The 10 Best Halloween Cocktails [Recipes] | thegoodstuff

Ghosts, goblins, witches, and werewolves — Halloween is filled with plenty of spooky and bewitching spectacles to make the evening a thrilling event. It’s also a treat to hang out with friends and have a ghoulishly delightful time engaging in a little cocktail mischief.

Keep the cocktails flowing! Try making pumpkin ale 3 ways, or sample some of these festive fall cocktails. Making up a batch of beverages for your own Halloween party? Check out our guide for hosting a spooky party on a budget — plus 6 free Halloween party printables!

If you’re planning a wicked Halloween party, one or more of the following cocktails is sure to create an unforgettable All Hallow’s Eve event. No matter what your Halloween guests’ favorite poison is, I’ve got you covered with recipes for the 10 best Halloween cocktails — all guaranteed to raise spirits at your monster mash.

1. R.I.P. ‘Rita

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Get in the Halloween spirit with this lo-cal twist on a margarita. A dash of red food coloring gives the glass an eerie twist.

Tools: Cocktail shaker, 1 small plate
Glass: Martini
Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 3 ounces TY KU citrus liqueur
  • 1 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

Grab your TY KU citrus liqueur and silver tequila at BevMo and save with BevMo coupons!

Glass rim

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup (I used Karo)
  • Red food coloring


  1. On a small plate, mix together granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 5-7 drops of red food coloring. Mix to combine and add more food coloring to get desired results.
  2. Dip glass rims into mixture briefly and hold glass horizontally to let excess syrup drip off rim.
  3. Place rimmed glasses in freezer until ready for use.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into rimmed cocktail glass

2. Devil’s Choice

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What would Halloween be without a devilish twist? This wondrous, blood-red cocktail comes with a haunting punch of two kinds of rum and delicious pomegranate juice. Hell won’t freeze over if you make this your cocktail of choice!

Tools: Cocktail shaker, 1 small plate
Glass: Old Fashioned
Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 4 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce dark rum per cocktail
  • Cranberries for spooky eyeball garnish
  • Black sanding sugar
  • Lime wedge

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  1. Pour 4 Tablespoons black sanding sugar on a small plate.
  2. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip into sanding sugar.
  3. Add ice to glasses. Combine first 4 ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into rimmed glasses, leaving space at the top.
  4. Gently pour 1 oz. of dark rum onto each cocktail so it floats on top.

3. Black Magic

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Source: HGTV

Cast a spell over your Halloween party guests with this bewitching beverage that combines orange juice with black vodka and a little triple sec.

4. Spider’s Kiss

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Source: The Cocktail Project

This hauntingly green cocktail wonder brings the lip-smacking flavor of Midori melon front and center and mixes it with a little chocolate and grenadine for a drink that’s sure to be a spooky success.

5. Liquefied Ghost Martini

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Source: HGTV

Your Halloween guests will die for a sip of this ghostly white cocktail that’s the perfect way to cap off a night of trick-or-treating. This boozy sweet concoction tastes like a grown-up milkshake! A little vanilla Torani syrup and some vodka and you’ll be floating a few inches off the ground in no time.

6. Black Velvet

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Source: Real Simple

How could something so simple (only two ingredients!) be so wonderful? If you’re interested in mingling with your guests instead of mixing cocktails all night, this spooky black libation is right up your alley. Grab a bucket of ice and a few bottles of Guinness and champagne and you’re cocktail ready!

7. Cat’s Eye

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Source: 12 Bottle Bar

Some people say gin makes them a little crazy (and why not…it’s Halloween!), but this amazing libation adds maraschino (cherry) and orange liqueurs with that zombie-inducing spirit gin and produces a cocktail worth taking a chance on.

8. The Poison Apple

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Source: Tokyo Terrace

“Well, my pretty!” Who knew that a “poison” apple could come laced with a little tequila and apple cider? Sweetened with a touch of honey, you’ll love the balanced flavors and the oh-so-wicked tiny apple garnish.

9. Candy Corn Jell-O® Shots

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Source: A Beautiful Mess

Let’s be honest: Having a few Jell-O® shots with your gal-pals feels like fun times 20! These wondrous make-ahead treats are more like cocktail appetizers, so set them out and let guests partake in all their Halloween glory.

Don’t forget to check for Jell-O® coupons to save on your candy corn shots!

10. Vampire Punch

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Source: Real Simple

Any time a recipe claims “hands-on time 10 minutes,” I’m all ears. With a generous mix of Campari and gin, this delish punch will have guests asking for “just another drop!”