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Let the spooky Halloween festivities begin! You'll want to be prepared with terrifyingly-good Halloween cocktail recipes to keep your monster mash guests in good spirits. We flipped through our spell book to find just the right concoctions for any creepy occasion. You can't go wrong with these tasty cocktail recipes that so good, they're sinister.
Note: We've listed ingredients you can easily shop online, but perishables and produce we recommend buying in stores.
This is one of the most popular cocktails served at haunted New York City bar Jekyll and Hyde, and it also happens to be scary-strong! A shot of Bacardi 151 floating on top of this fruity and colorful sipper adds a serious kick, so watch out for The Zombie!
Combine light rum, dark rum, apricot liqueur, orange juice, and bitters using a cocktail shaker. Pour into a large glass filled with ice. Top with the shot of Bacardi 151, then garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
Because Halloween calls for dark and witchy cocktails, we can't think of a spookier way to celebrate than with this Black Magic Margarita. A black sugar rim and dark food coloring gives the classic margarita a moody twist ... no magic tricks required!
Black Magic Margarita
(Yields 2 servings)
Rim two glasses with a lime slice and dip in the black sanding sugar. Divide tequila, triple sec, and lime juice between two glasses and stir to combine. Add food coloring until desired black color is achieved. Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime.
Recipe courtesy of Delish.
Nothing screams fall like the flavor of pumpkin spice, and this Pumpkin Spice Negroni is about as autumnal as it gets. With comforting notes of hazelnut, citrus, and fall spice, we love the idea of serving this yummy cocktail right out of a pumpkin at your next Halloween party.
Pumpkin Spice Negroni
Combine all ingredients and dry shake. Re-shake with ice and strain into a small pumpkin or coupe. Garnish with a light dusting of cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.
Recipe created by Mia Mastroianni, Soho House West Hollywood.
This refreshing lychee cocktail from Casamigos Tequila gets a creepy touch from a clever "eyeball" garnish made from a Luxardo cherry and lychee ball. An Oreo cookie-laced rim adds an extra-sweet crunch to this drink, making it quite the looker.
Casa Crazy Eye
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds. Fine strain into a small martini glass. Garnish Luxardo cherry inside lychee ball (as eye ball) through skewer.
* To add sugar, salt, and Oreo rim, wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and agave nectar, and roll rim through cookie mixture.
Recipe courtesy of Casamigos.
Fruity, tart, and just slightly spicy — thanks to the addition of intense ginger liqueur — this stunning libation from Sparkling Ice is sure to be a crowdpleaser. We can't get over the fun ginger root "tombstone" garnish.
The Devil Don't Stay
Shake puree, rum, ginger liqueur, and grated ginger over ice and pour into goblet. Add Sparkling Ice Black Cherry and garnish with ginger root "tombstone."
Recipe courtesy of Sparkling Ice.
This three-ingredient cocktail may seem simple at first glance, but the herbal fall flavors of Bénédictine liqueur mixed with the subtle spicy notes of Scrappy's bitters make this drink rich, complex, and bursting with the flavor of coriander, cloves, and thyme. Plus, a skull-shaped bottle of Crystal Head Vodka is sure to add a sinister touch to your home bar.
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir gently. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish was a lemon twist.
Recipe courtesy of Crystal Head Vodka.
Another staple of cold weather beverages, hard cider is one of our favorite sippers once the temperatures start to fall. Super-refreshing Angry Orchard Crisp Apple makes this cocktail a crowd-pleaser for any Halloween party. We think your party guests will quickly fall under this spell, too.
The Angry Spell
Add white rum, lime juice, and ginger syrup to shaker. Strain into Collins glass with ice. Top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Crème de Cassis. Garnish with lime wheel and blackberries.
Recipe created by mixologist partner Jeremy Oertel, courtesy of Angry Orchard.
This clean and refreshing cocktail from NOLET's Gin uses equal parts dry gin, bourbon, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice to create a boozy yet refreshing and well-balanced drink. For balmy early fall evenings or happy hour before the sun goes down, you'll want to sip on a Silver Bulleit (or two). Plus, the bright orange hue is perfect for a Halloween party.
NOLET'S Silver Bulleit
Muddle one slice of a grapefruit in an old-fashioned glass. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.
Recipe courtesy of NOLET's Gin.
This flavorful whiskey cocktail from Chicago mixologist Patrick Natola takes a traditional Negroni and turns the recipe on its head, subbing in Scotch whisky for gin. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a clever Negroni riff like this?
Smoke on the Water
Stir all ingredients together with ice until slightly chilled but still boozy. Strain over fresh ice. Serve up or on the rocks.
Recipe courtesy of Chicago mixologist Patrick Natola.
Serving a larger crowd? Here's a killer punch recipe your guests are sure to go batty over. This Wicked Black Forest Punch, created by Jägermeister Brand Meister Willy Shine, is boozy, citrusy, and brimming with the warm flavors of fall. We love the addition of slightly spicy ginger beer and clove-based velvet falernum liqueur in this tasty batched Halloween cocktail recipe.
Wicked Black Forest Punch
Serves 15 people
Combine all ingredients except the ginger beer into a gallon container and refrigerate overnight. When it's time to serve, pour into a punch bowl with big ice cubes. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange wheels, lemon wheels, hibiscus flowers, and a few chips of food-grade dry ice.
Recipe courtesy of Willy Shine, Jägermeister Brand Meister.