Halloween Inspired Cocktails

On the night when the spirits come out to play, it’s also important to have some devilishly good spirits to help you sip the night away. Halloween is the best time to play make-believe, but you should never be faking it when you’re signing up to be the bartender at your next spooky shindig. Instead, wow your ghoulish guests with these kitschy, yet delicious themed cocktails.


There will always be those sticklers who are too grown-up for costumes (ugh, who invited them?).  For those kinds of people, do your best to keep it classy with a tried-and-true stiff whiskey cocktail.

If you know your stuff, you’ll recognize this punny spin on boulevardier, which is basically a negroni with whiskey instead of gin. Garnish it with something spooky for a fun, but refined cocktail. The Campari and vermouth give this drink a deep red color, perfect if you’ve got a date with a vampire.

1 oz. Campari

1 oz. sweet vermouth

1 oz. bourbon or rye


1 Luxardo maraschino cherry

1 gummy eyeball

1 toothpick

Pour into a rocks glass filled and stir. Serve up or on the rocks. Skewer the gummy and cherry, and make sure it’s looking the guest in the eye.

Mulled Wine

An excellent choice for cooler climes, this drink can be made in larger batches to serve your haunted houseguests. It’s also a perfect treat to add to a cocktail menu for those less inclined toward traditional liquor drinks.

1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, sliced into rounds

1/4 cup honey or sugar

8 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

Witch’s Word

It’s called The Last Word in the bar book, but for our purposes, we’ve taken it up a notch and make it something a little stronger and spookier. Fragrant and herby, this earthy cocktail will put a spell on you.

1 part green chartreuse

1 part gin

1 part fresh lime juice

1 part maraschino liquer

½ part Pernod absinthe

The absinthe here is a bit of a twist that adds an ultra-dry finish with licorice notes that gin loves to dance around with. At your own risk, chill with some dry ice for a scream-worthy serving display.

Lighted Jack-O-Lantern

Nothing says party like the pop and fizz of a light sparkling wine. This trick-and-treat is a bittersweet party in a flute glass. Go light on the liqueur for a paler orange color, and serve in flutes decorated with black paint-pens to resemble the smiling face of a jack-o-lantern.

2 oz sparkling white wine

½  oz Lemon juice

1 oz Gin

1 oz blood orange liqueur

Mix the juice, gin and liqueur, then top with sparkling wine.

Enjoy these delicious concoctions this Halloween, and keep the good kind of spirits around.