6 Halloween Cocktail Recipes To Die For

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There's something in the air, and we don’t just mean the leaves blowing off the trees. Spirits seem to swirl around us in October. Or maybe it’s the spirits we’re stirring up here, in our roundup of Halloween cocktail recipes. We asked bartenders to tell us about their favorite cocktails for the spookiest time of year. Replicate them if you dare!

6 Halloween cocktails to die for, crafted to celebrate this spooky season by bartenders

One-Eyed Willy Halloween Cocktail Recipe

At Borracha in Nevada's Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, mixologist Mike Monrreal channels the famous pirate in his Day of the Dead-themed bar.

2 ounces Botran Reserva Rum

1 ounce Cruzan Aged 151 Rum

1 ounce Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 ounce Funkin Passion Fruit Puree

¾ ounce Monin Hibiscus Syrup

½ ounce Giffard Orgeat Liqueur (almond flavored liqueur)

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a skull-shaped glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple top and a hollowed out lime half filled with 151 rum. Light the rum on fire for spectacular effect.


Halloween cocktail recipes: The One-Eyed Willy from Borracha in Hendersonville, Nevada

The One-Eyed Willy from Borracha in Hendersonville, Nevada (Photo credit: Joe Janet)

The Spiked Tootsie Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Coyote Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico builds on its city's history for its Halloween cocktail. Santa Fe was the first place Mexico exported its tequila, up the old El Camino Real trail to the Spanish Colonial seat of power. Coyote Cafe Owner John Quinn created the Spiked Tootsie cocktail, which looks and tastes like Halloween in a glass.

2 ounces Patron XO Cafe Coffee-flavored Liqueur

3 ounces Fresh Orange Juice

Pour the coffee liqueur in a glass. Pour the orange juice carefully over an upside down spoon to create a layer over the liqueur. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Spiked Tootsie Cocktail ~ Halloween Cocktails for the Spookiest Time of the Year

The Spiked Tootsie cocktail from Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Photo credit: Coyote Cafe)

Booberry Sidecar Mimosa Halloween Cocktail Recipe

FireFlies Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia offers the Booberry Sidecar Mimosa – a spin on the classic sidecar cocktail. Daniel Barrios, general manager and craft bartender, says this sidecar is special because the citrus liqueur is made in-house. (But you can substitute Cointreau in its place.) This mimosa also features a blueberry juice ice cube that flavors the drink as it dissolves.

1 ounce Courvoisier VSOP

1 ounce House-made Citrus Rujero Liqueur or Cointreau

½ ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ ounce Fresh Orange Juice

Blueberry Juice

Rim Sugar

Add blueberry juice to an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, mix together Courvoisier VSOP, Cointreau, lemon juice, and orange juice. Pour the mixture over one blueberry juice ice cube and top with Muscanti Brut sparkling wine. Finish with a lemon twist. Rim the glass with sugar.

Booberry Sidecar Martini ~ Halloween Cocktail Recipes for the Spookiest Time of the Year

Booberry Sidecar Martini from FireFlies in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo credit: FireFlies)

Candy Corn Martini Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Located in the Santa Fe Sage Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Derailed Restaurant serves up the Candy Corn Martini as the ultimate adult Halloween treat.

1 ½ ounce Skyy Vanilla Vodka

3 ounce Sweet & Sour Mix

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

½ ounce Grenadine

Whipped Cream

First, pour grenadine into the bottom of the martini glass. Next, shake the vodka, sour mix and pineapple juice together over ice and strain. Pour the mixture over an upside down spoon to create the yellow layer. Top with whipped cream.

Candy Corn Martini from Derailed Restaurant in the Sante Fe Inn in Santa Fe, NM

Candy Corn Martini from Derailed Restaurant in the Sante Fe Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Photo credit: Derailed, Santa Fe Sage Inn)

The Sleepy Hollow Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Head Bartender Marti Cassinerio from Local Chop and Grill House in Harrisonburg, Virginia created the Sleepy Hollow to evoke the spirits of the season. The restaurant prides itself on its use of local and seasonal ingredients.

1 ounce Rhum Barbancourt

3/4 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

3/4 ounce Housemade Spiced Pumpkin Shrub (Make your own or use this alternative)

1 Egg White

Angustura Bitters

Shake all ingredients (besides bitters) to allow egg to create a foam. Add ice and shake again. Pour into a glass. Add soda water and two dashes of Angostura Bitters. Pour bitters into a spray bottle Place a leaf-shaped stencil over the glass and spray the bitters through the stencil onto the foam.


Halloween cocktail recipes: The Sleepy Hollow from Local Chop and Grill House in Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Sleepy Hollow from Local Chop and Grill House in Harrisonburg, Virginia (Photo credit: Katie Schmidt from The Pinwheel Collective)

Midori Lemon Gin Fizz Halloween Cocktail Recipe

According to Dell Cove Spice Co. from Chicago, Illinois this Halloween cocktail not only looks elegantly spooky, but it also tastes great.

2 ounces Gin

2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur

2 Egg Whites

Honey or Simple Syrup for Moistening the Rim

Black salt, Such as Dell Cove’s Black Lava Sea Salt, for the Rim

Rim chilled glasses with honey or simple syrup, then dip in black salt. Fill glasses with ice and set aside. Pour gin, lemon juice, melon liqueur and egg white into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for one to two minutes. Strain into salt rimmed glasses and serve. Want to add a playful touch? Clip on a plastic Halloween spider ring or other toy to the glass rim. (Please don't eat this, though!)

Midori Gin Fizz Recipe

Midori Gin Fizz (Photo credit: Dell Cove Spices)

Which of these Halloween cocktail recipes would you dare try? Let us know in the comments below!

This story was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2017.

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Paige Conner Totaro likes to help make dreams come true, whether helping people start businesses or helping people plan the trip of a lifetime. She made her own dream come true by taking a trip around the world with her husband and twin daughters in 2012 and is always planning the next adventure in travel or business (or both). Paige was a founder of Misra Records and Unquote Travel, a founding board member of the arts organization, Transformer, in Washington, DC; and a longtime board member and director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Paige is a fan of Scandinavian design, Ethiopian food, Arab hospitality, Japanese vintage stores, Brazilian music and Thai beaches, but also American craft beer, garage rock and roller derby. Can you see why her travel company is called All Over the Map? Connect with Paige on Instagram at @alloverthemap.

Comments

  1. Those sound so good! I really love your presentation, too. Nothing is more Halloween than drinking from a skull!

  2. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    These are all such fun and festive Halloween themed cocktails. I love the Boo Berry one, it looks so elegant and sounds like something I would actually drink.

  3. All of these cocktails look phenomenal. We live just a short drive from Green Valley Ranch here in Nevada and I need that skull glass in my life.

  4. Oh these are fun! I should definitely plan to make a few different cocktails for Halloween. The Candy Corn Martini looks good!

  5. Halloween and cocktails has my hubby’s name written all over it. I should make him the Candy Corn Martini or the Sleepy Hallow Cocktail. He’d love them both, I’m sure!

  6. What fun ideas for a Halloween party, such fun colors. Love that bright green one!

  7. All these drinks look gorgeous! Halloween is one of my favorites because of fun cocktail choices!

  8. These are all stunning! They look great and I bet taste just great too! Yum! Perfect for halloween!

  9. This all look so tasty and I’m equally impressed with the presentation! So much party inspiration here. Thank you!

  10. The Sleepy Hollow one looked like it could be my favorite. I wouldn’t mind trying each one!

  11. wow, I love the creativity of each one. We will have to make time for an adult Halloween moment 😉

  12. I’ll take a One Eyed Willy! Looks tasty.

  13. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    These are all so beautiful! I will share with my friends so we can decide what we will drink on halloween!

  14. Such a great article! Thanks for sharing! I’m the importer for Rujero singani (the infused spirit in Fireflies cocktail). Singani is a 500-year-old Bolivian tradition that we’re just introducing to the US, beginning with DC last Spring! If you’d be interested in learning more, I’d love for the opportunity to tell you about our start-up!

  15. These recipes look cool. I will try them.

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