There are no tricks, only treats, when it comes to Halloween cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a crowd for a party or just need a festive nightcap after schlepping the kids through the neighborhood, these spooky cocktails will help you celebrate in style.
Warm up with this seasonal spin on a classic toddy. Apply brandy, rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, pumpkin purée and Angostura bitters come together with hot water to create a fall-ready cocktail you can drink from Halloween all the way until Thanksgiving.
If there’s any day to bring back the dead, this is it. This cool sipper is made with gin, orange liqueur, Lillet blanc and lemon juice, which are shaken with ice and strained into an absinthe-rinsed glass for an extra-boozy kick.
If your jack-o’-lanterns aren’t bringing enough pumpkin to your party, try this flip, which uses two versions of the gourd. Bourbon, amaretto, pumpkin ale, agave nectar, pumpkin butter and an egg create a frothy flip that’s perfected with just a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Don’t blink—you may miss this magical cocktail’s trick. Light rum and lime juice are a sweet-tart combination that make cotton candy disappear before your eyes. A splash of Champagne on top adds a bit of fizz, and a lime wheel finishes it all off.
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This cocktail is devilishly good—a perfect Margarita that soars to new heights when topped with a red wine float. The resulting cocktail looks bloody enough for any Halloween party but tastes good enough to drink all year.
This is one Halloween spider you’ll enjoy seeing. Blanco tequila gives its signature bite to blackberries, basil, lime juice and agave. Serve in a cocktail glass over ice, and garnish with a speared blackberry and basil leaf for an extra-dramatic presentation.
Who says the kids are the only ones who get to enjoy candy? This treat is a boozy take on the classic sweet. Rye whiskey, sherry and chocolate bitters are all you need to recreate a classic chocolatey flavor, with an extra spirit-forward twist.
This cocktail will take the chill right off your bones. Butter, brown sugar, honey and a range of spices mix to form a rich batter. Stir it with rum, caramel vodka and hot water to make a sweet and cozy punch.
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This pumpkin-filled punch is perfect for large parties. The mix of sugar, clove, rum, nutmeg, apple juice and lemon juice can be mixed together ahead of time, then topped with club soda, apple slices, cinnamon sticks and pumpkin seeds just before you’re ready to serve.
Get your chocolate fix with this sweet and spicy shot. A homemade chocomole mix brings together the flavors of peanut butter, evaporated milk, chocolate and spices to make a rich and creamy base that’s given an extra kick with tequila and a chile-rimmed glass.
What’s more fitting for Halloween than a punch served in a pumpkin? A homemade fall spice syrup helps to elevate bourbon, ginger liqueur, pumpkin purée, apple juice, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Serve in mini pumpkins, and top with toasted marshmallow fluff for a dose of holiday sweetness.