Halloween Party Cocktails: Pumpkin Ale 3 Ways

halloween party cocktails pumpkin ale 3 ways

Halloween is the time for haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and dressing up in creative costumes. If you’ve decided to host a Halloween party this year, you know that the most important element of the evening is the cocktail menu. All you need to impress your party guests is a simple approach that stands out, like our Pumpkin Ale – three ways! Take a peek at our recipes to discovery how to inject a little cocktail excitement into your fall party–no vampire teeth or black vodka needed!

First Way: Pumpkin Ales


Sometimes nothing beats an ice cold beer served in a chilled glass. Pumpkin Ales are original American style ales that are often released as seasonal fall beers by many breweries. There is a wide selection of Pumpkin Ales that taste amazing and easily fit into your holiday theme, so have fun and grab several varieties to get your party started. Pumpkin Ales provide your guests the chance to dip into the craft beer phenomenon while keeping things simple for your hostess duties. Packed with pumpkin pie spices like ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves, Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness so they are destined to please both craft beer aficionados and newcomers alike.

Second Way: Pumpkin Shandy

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There’s no doubt that fall is the season for pumpkin flavors and we’re thrilled to bring you a drink that turns the tastes of the season into a delicious shandy. Traditionally made with lemon and beer, this fantastic twist on the classic shandy was designed by Kyle Ford, Cointreau’s master mixologist. You’ll love how the citrus flavor plays so well with the spicy pumpkin ale.

Tools: Cocktail shaker, strainer

Glass: Old Fashioned/Highball

Extras: thin slice of orange + fresh grated nutmeg for garnish

Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of Pumpkin Butter (we love Trader Joe’s version)
  • 8-10 oz. Pumpkin Ale


In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add Cointreau, lemon juice and Pumpkin Butter. Shake well and use a fine wire strainer to double strain the mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. Top each with beer. Stir to combine and garnish with orange slice and grated nutmeg.

Third Way: Midnight Spell


Nothing is better or more magical than the perfect blend of flavors in a cocktail. This libation provides that spark as the rich simple syrup blends subtly with the natural spices of the bourbon and the pumpkin ale.

Tools: Cocktail shaker

Glass: Old Fashioned/Highball

Extras: thin slice of orange + candied ginger for garnish

Serving: 2 cocktails


  • 4 oz. Bourbon (we used Bulleit)
  • 6-8 oz. Pumpkin Ale
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Ginger Syrup (The Ginger People – Ginger Syrup is perfect)
  • 1.5 oz. Brown Sugar Simple Syrup


Brown Sugar Simple Syrup: In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup brown sugar. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to ensure sugar is dissolved. Turn heat to low and simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain syrup into container and keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. (Can buy a pre-made simple syrup mix if you need this sooner).

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add Bourbon, Cointreau, ginger syrup and simple syrup. Shake well and split mixture between two ice-filled cocktail glasses. Top each with beer, stirring to combine. Garnish with orange slice and candied ginger.

Whether you’re entertaining friends dressed in classic Dracula wear or if they’re more of the Disney’s Frozen crowd, we hope these Pumpkin Ale recipes will allow your guests a chance to explore the flavors of the season and make your party the talk of the town.

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