Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Halloween

30 Cocktails to Make for Your Halloween Costume Parties

From spooky themed drinks to candy-inspired creations.

Jack O' Lantern Punch / Tim Nusog

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, cozying up with a scary movie, or sneaking sips in between trick-or-treater visits, these festive drinks will put you in the spooky-season spirit. Say cheers (or “boo!”) with liquid versions of your favorite Halloween candies, fun themed drinks, and plenty of pumpkin cocktails.

  • Grave Digger

    Grave Digger cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This coffee cocktail will wake you (and perhaps some spirits) up. Vanilla-infused brandy, coffee liqueur, Grand Marnier, and freshly brewed espresso are topped with whipped cream, crushed Oreo cookies, and a tiny shovel to resemble a freshly dug grave.

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  • Snickertini

    Snickertini cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Make an adults-only version of the Halloween favorite, no candy-basket rifling required. This decadent drink combines caramel vodka, amaretto, Baileys, and heavy cream.

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  • Witches’ Brew

    Witches' Brew cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This smoky sour will put a spell on you with its beguiling combination of Islay scotch, fino sherry, lemon juice, simple syrup, and beet juice. In addition to lending earthy notes, the beet juice gives the drink its dramatic blood-red hue. 

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  • Peanut Butter Cup

    Peanut Butter Cup Martini / Tim Nusog

    You might’ve outgrown trick-or-treating, but this rich and creamy cocktail is delicious proof that you’re never too old for the treats. Mix up chocolate vodka, peanut rum, chocolate liqueur, and cream, then put your Reese’s stash to good use as the garnish.

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  • Let’s Pumpkin

    Let's Pumpkin / Tim Nusog

    Turn your pumpkin-picking haul into a punch bowl. This cocktail combines bourbon, ginger liqueur, fruit juices, a spiced syrup, and pumpkin puree, all topped with a toasted meringue. Serve in glass mugs or hollowed-out mini pumpkins for extra fall flair.

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  • Magic Cotton Candy Daiquiri

    Magic Cotton Candy Daiquiri / Tim Nusog

    Looking for a trick and a treat? Strain a rum-and-lime mixture over cotton candy in a cocktail glass, and watch the pouf dissolve before your eyes. This Daiquiri twist doesn’t call for additional sugar: The melted cotton candy adds a touch of sweetness, while Champagne lends a festive effervescence. 

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  • Tootsie Roll

    Tootsie Roll cocktail / Tim Nusog

    It might share a name with the childhood candy, but this Manhattan-leaning cocktail is decidedly grown-up. Rye whiskey, pedro ximénez sherry, and chocolate bitters produce a silky and sophisticated drink.

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  • Corpse Reviver No. 2

    Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This popular purported hangover cure dates to the 1870s, and you just might rouse its original imbibers with the tasty combination of London dry gin, Lillet blanc, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Served in an absinthe-rinsed glass, it will go down easily at brunches and Halloween parties alike.

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  • Devil’s Margarita

    Devil's Margarita cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Margarita twist adds a red wine float to the devil you know for visual appeal and rich, earthy notes. Although the drink includes the classic blanco tequila and lime juice, it’s sweetened with simple syrup instead of agave syrup or orange liqueur. 

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  • Black Negroni

    Black Negroni cocktail with flamed orange wheel / Tim Nusog

    This cocktail doesn’t rely on black magic: The Scapegrace Black gin that forms its base is naturally hued with butterfly pea powder, and a sweet vermouth-génépy mixture steeped in black tea leaves adds extra darkness. A bitter alpine amaro and dashes of grapefruit bitters round out the Negroni twist.

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  • Toblerone

    Toblerone cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Skip the duty-free line and make a liquid version of the beloved Toblerone candy with Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlúa, heavy cream, and honey syrup. The resulting cocktail is nutty, creamy, and decadent.

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Black Widow’s bite is irresistible, especially if you’re a Margarita fan: The fruity cocktail combines muddled basil and blackberry leaves, blanco tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar.

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  • White Bat

    White Bat / Tim Nusog

    What happens when you mix a Rum & Coke with a White Russian? This indulgent cocktail from bartending vet Simon Ford, which combines white rum, Kahlúa, cola, and whole milk.

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  • Necromancer

    Necromancer cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This floral Corpse Reviver No. 2 riff leans more heavily on the absinthe, dials back the gin, and swaps in elderflower for orange liqueur. The results are scarily delicious.

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  • Zombie

    Zombie cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This potent Tiki cocktail from the legendary Donn Beach combines three rums, absinthe liqueur, lime juice, Don’s Gardenia Mix, falernum, grenadine, and Angostura bitters in the blender. Beach famously limited his customers to two, as any more could make them “like one of the walking dead.”

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  • Death in the Afternoon

    Death in the Afternoon cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Hemingway favorite tops absinthe with Champagne for a deceptively simple cocktail. The drink also calls for a fun trick: Pouring Champagne over the absinthe causes the anise-flavored spirit to louche, or turn cloudy.

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  • Corpse Reviver No. Blue

    Corpse Reviver No. Blue / Tim Nusog

    The original Corpse Reviver No. 2 is pretty perfect as it is, but why not give it a fun Halloween costume? This drink swaps out the usual orange-flavored Cointreau for electric-hued blue curaçao.

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  • Pumpkin Toddy

    Pumpkin Toddy / Tim Nusog

    This autumnal Hot Toddy is an even cozier version of the cold-weather classic. Apple brandy, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and Angostura bitters join the warming mix of rye whiskey, lemon juice, and boiling water. 

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  • Undead Gentleman

    Undead Gentleman cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This shaken Zombie twist from Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco combines two rums, grapefruit and lime juices, falernum, cinnamon syrup, and Angostura bitters. With fewer ingredients than its predecessor, it’s a little easier to make, and just as easy to drink.

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  • Smashing Pumpkin

    Smashing Pumpkin cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Make this cocktail a new Mischief Night tradition—and one that won’t cause complaints from your neighbors. Top a mixture of rum and allspice liqueur with a homemade pumpkin-lemon soda, then garnish with a bay leaf “stem.”

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  • Chocolate Martini

    Chocolate Martini cocktail / Tim Nusog

    No trick-or-treating is required for this decadent combination of chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, and half-and-half. It will satisfy your chocolate cravings any time of year.

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  • Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned

    Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned / Tim Nusog

    This Old Fashioned variation combines bourbon with a spiced pumpkin syrup, a muddled orange, orange bitters, and a splash of club soda. If the fall spices don’t warm you up, the bourbon certainly will.

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  • Psycho Killer

    Psycho Killer cocktail

    The Dead Rabbit

    Pair this unique and slightly chocolate-y cocktail with a scary movie. Jillian Vose created it while at The Dead Rabbit in New York City, combining Irish whiskey, white creme de cacao, banana liqueur, and cocoa nib-infused Campari to produce a complex and spirit-forward drink.

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  • Lights Out Punch

    Lights Out Punch / Tim Nusog

    Don’t fear the dark, or the long ingredient list of this batched cocktail from Joaquín Simó of New York City’s now-shuttered Pouring Ribbons: The mixture of reposado tequila, cinnamon-orange black tea, sweet vermouth, apple juice or cider, lemon juice, demerara syrup, bitters, and club soda is easy to prepare before a party. 

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  • Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary / Tim Nusog

    Our version of the endlessly riffable brunch favorite includes vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and paprika. To make it even more Halloween-appropriate, serve with spooky-looking garnishes like pearled onions and pimento-stuffed olives.

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  • Pumpkin Sazerac

    Pumpkin Sazerac / Tim Nusog

    New Orleans’ most storied cocktail, the Sazerac, is a spirit-forward drink that combines cognac, rye whiskey, a sugar cube, and bitters in an absinthe-rinsed glass. This autumnal twist from bar pro Naren Young calls for a base of cognac or rye whiskey, and swaps the sugar cube for a spiced pumpkin syrup. 

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  • Autumn

    Autumn cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This recipe from Young evokes the season with applejack, amontillado sherry, pear brandy, maple syrup, and apple bitters. To turn the drink into a Hot Toddy variation, you can stir the ingredients to incorporate, then top with boiling water before adding the garnishes.

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  • Tomahawk Punch

    Tomahawk Punch / Tim Nusog

    Ancho chile liqueur gives this bubbly bourbon punch a kick. Anu Apte-Elford and Chris Elford of Seattle’s Rob Roy add sparkling cider, lime juice, honey syrup, and Angostura bitters for a delicious drink that won’t scare away your party guests. 

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  • Pumpkin Buck

    Pumpkin Buck cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    A Buck cocktail typically calls for ginger ale or ginger beer. For this twist, Young swaps in a homemade pumpkin soda, which he combines with your choice of applejack or whiskey.

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  • Jack-o’-Lantern Punch

    Jack O' Lantern Punch / Tim Nusog

    This fall-flavored punch from bartending vet Phil Ward combines a muddled sugar cube, aged rum, cloves, lemon and apple juices, and club soda. You can easily scale up the recipe for your Fright Night festivities; just top each individual portion with club soda when serving.

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