Treat yourself to a devilishly delicious Halloween cocktail with these recipes

These spooky drinks range from sweet to smoky.

October 31, 2022, 8:40 AM

Shake things up for Halloween or Dia de los Muertos with a delicious adult-only treat that's best served chilled.

From sweet and sour to smoky and savory, check out these fall and Halloween-inspired cocktail recipes below.

Don Muerte - Dia de los Muertos Cocktail

PHOTO: A Dia de los Muertos inspired tequila cocktail.
A Dia de los Muertos inspired tequila cocktail.
Shannon Sturgis

Mixologist Julien Calella created this sweet and tart drink that draws influence in its color and garnish to resemble the ofrenda and decor on Dia de los Muertos.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

3/4 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1/4 oz Agave Nectar

1/2 tsp. Activated Charcoal Powder

Directions

Combine Tequila, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and activated charcoal powder into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

Strain contents into a double rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and an edible marigold flower.

Smoky Apple Margarita

PHOTO: Smoky apple cider mezcal margarita.
Smoky apple cider mezcal margarita.
Jimmy Soho

With apple cider being the drink of fall, the mixologists behind the bar at Jimmy SoHo shared a special modification of a margarita made with smoky mezcal, lime juice, cinnamon and allspice.

2 oz Mezcal

1 oz Triple Sec

1 oz Apple Cider

0.5 oz Lime Juice

0.5 oz Simple Syrup

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour all the ingredients, shake, pour into rocks glass. Rim the glass with cinnamon allspice and sugar. Garnish with apple slice.

Haunted orchard punch

Blogger and cookbook author Tieghan Gerard has curated an array of festive drinks for her popular site, Half Baked Harvest, and she is sharing the tasty concoctions just in time for all our own Halloween festivities.

PHOTO: Haunted orchard cocktail from Half Baked Harvest.
Haunted orchard cocktail from Half Baked Harvest.
Half Baked Harvest

"This drink is a mix of tequila, a splash of lemon, apple cider, a teensy bit of maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon and sparkling hard cider," Gerard said. "It's all things fall and incredibly delicious."

Ingredients:1 1/2 cups silver tequila2 cups apple cider1/2 cup lemon juice1/4-1/3 cup real maple syrup, to taste1 inch fresh ginger, grated1/2 teaspoon cinnamon2-3 (12 ounces) bottles sparkling hard cider3-4 cinnamon sticks1 apple, thinly sliced

Instructions:In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, cider, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon. Chill until ready to serve.Top with hard cider just before serving. Stir in the cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

Vampire's drip cocktail

PHOTO: Vampire's drip cocktail from Half Baked Harvest
Vampire's drip cocktail from Half Baked Harvest
Half Baked Harvest

This decadent Halloween cocktail is a mix of coconut rum, Kahlua, vanilla, milk and chocolate and garnished with a pomegranate caramel. It's topped with a chocolate truffle bat on the rim.

Ingredients:Pomegranate caramel 1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup pomegranate juiceVampire's kiss1 ounce white rum (or vodka)1/2 ounce coconut rum (or vodka)1/2 ounce Kahlúa1/4 teaspoon vanilla1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream1-2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, to tasteInstructions: For the pomegranate caramel: Bring the sugar and pomegranate juice to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Note: The Pomegranate Caramel will make enough to drizzle over eight drinks.Drizzle a martini or coupe glass with pomegranate caramel. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rum, coconut rum, Kahlúa, vanilla, milk and sweetened condensed milk. Shake until combined. Strain into prepared glass.Garnish with chocolate bats, if desired.

The full recipe for Gerard's chocolate bat garnish can be found here.

Deathly Hallows cocktail

PHOTO: The deathly hallows cocktail from Half Baked Harvest.
The deathly hallows cocktail from Half Baked Harvest.
Half Baked Harvest

This cocktail is a mix of cranberry juice, Mezcal, orange liquor, lemon juice, maple and ginger beer. Gerhard says it's sweet, smoky and "all things cozy, but also gives off the spookiest of Halloween vibes."

Grab a fun goblet, shake up this easy cocktail and surprise your guests with this spooky drink.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 - 2 ounces silver tequila or Mezcal2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice1/2 ounce orange liquor1/2 ounce lemon juice1 tablespoon real maple syrupginger beer, for toppingfresh thyme, for garnish

Instructions:Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into a glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with thyme. If desired, carefully light a thyme sprig on fire for a smoky effect.

Death Eater Negroni

PHOTO: Death eater negroni from Half Baked Harvest.
Death eater negroni from Half Baked Harvest.
Half Baked Harvest

A Negroni is a simple mix of equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Gerhard adds one of her favorite autumn ingredients, a splash of pomegranate juice. "Not only does the pomegranate juice give the drink a nice dark color, it also adds some sweetness, which I like when paired with the gin," she said.

Ingredients:2 tablespoons (1 ounce) gin2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Campari2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sweet vermouth2 tablespoons (1 ounce) pomegranate juiceactivated charcoal, for coloring (optional)1 orange peel and pomegranate arils, for garnish

Instructions: In a cocktail glass, combine gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and pomegranate juice. If a black color is desired, add one-eighth of a teaspoon activated charcoal and stir to combine. Top the glass with ice and garnish with an orange twist and pomegranate arils. For a spooky effect, you can add a dying flower to each drink.

Apple Butter Old Fashioned

PHOTO: Apple butter old-fashioned from Half Baked Harvest.
Apple butter old-fashioned from Half Baked Harvest.
Half Baked Harvest

This recipe combines bourbon and apple butter to create a beverage that's packed with autumn flavor. Gerhard fills this drink with homemade apple butter, cider, lemon, orange bitters and bourbon.

Ingredients: Coarse sugar, for the rim (optional)1/4 cup apple ciderJuice from 1/2 a lemonDash of orange bitters1 tablespoon apple butter2 ounces bourbonGinger beer or ginger kombucha, for topping (optional)Thinly sliced apples and cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions: If desired, rim your glass with coarse sugar.In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider, lemon juice, orange bitters, apple butter and bourbon. Shake to combine.Strain into your prepared glass filled with ice. If desired top with ginger beer. Garnish with cinnamon and apples.

This story was originally published on Oct. 29, 2018.

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