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Halloween is often thought of as a holiday for the kids, but it can be just as much fun for adults. In honor of one of my very favorite holidays, Halloween (celebrated October 31st in the U.S.), I’ve constructed this list of 31 Best Spooky + Creative Halloween Cocktails to make your grown-up Halloween party the best ever! For more Halloween cocktails, see 30 Harry Potter Cocktails + Fun Drinking Games for the Ultimate HP Party.
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POISONED APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL
This cocktail has a sweet, seasonal taste with apple cider, spiced rum, grenadine, and pomegranate juice. Edible Gold Luster Dust gives the drink shimmering red and golden swirls for cool-looking, eerie, magical effect.
From The 5 O’Clock Chef
POISONED APPLE [SALTED CARAMEL APPLE] COCKTAIL
This salted caramel apple cocktail has the awesome neon green color and seasonal flavors of apple and salted caramel to fit your Halloween party theme perfectly! This drink is more tart than sweet and is super easy to make – just combine Jones Green Apple Soda, Salted Caramel Vodka, and Apple Vodka.
From Cooking with Curls
ZOMBIE BRAIN SHOT
This shot is super creepy looking, but surprisingly tasty with peach schnapps, creme de menthe, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and grenadine.
From Homemade Hooplah
MAGIC COTTON CANDY MARTINI [PLUS KID-FRIENDLY VERSION]
This drink is all about the presentation. The cotton candy dissolves as soon as you pour the drink over it and adds a nice, light sweetness to this pretty reddish purple cocktail. Just leave out the vodka to let the kiddos join in on the fun.
From The Cookie Rookie
THE EEL CHARMER
Check out the eel skin on the side of that glass! So gross! Luckily, it’s a perfectly harmless dyed orange peel (it’s just been colored with safe and edible black spray food coloring) but doesn’t it look so spooky?! I can imagine this drink being a witch’s favorite cocktail – with real eel, of course.
Gory, “blood” filled syringes (really filled with a tasty, homemade sweet raspberry puree) take this simple drink to the next level!
BLACK MAGIC SHIMMERING COCKTAIL
This eerie Halloween cocktail looks so cool with glowing edible shimmer dust! Black vodka gives this drink its scary black coloring, and cherry juice, orange juice, and maraschino cherry juice makes it super sweet and tasty.
From Elle Talk
CANDY CORN COCKTAIL
Candy corn is one of the most popular Halloween candies, and this cocktail is a gorgeous replica in drink form with Whipped Cream Vodka, sour mix, pineapple juice, grenadine, and whipped cream. Yum!
From Tammilee Tips
PUMPKIN PIE SHOTS
Can you celebrate Halloween without pumpkin?? I don’t think so. Jack-o’-lanterns are mandatory, at least. Enjoy one of the best tastes of the season – pumpkin pie! – with this delicious drink made with Caramel Vodka, Pumpkin Spice Liquor, and RumChata and decorated with festive rimming sugar.
CARAMEL APPLE SANGRIA
Make a pitcher of this amazing Caramel Apple Sangria infused with apple cider, caramel vodka, apple, and white wine flavors. Your friends are sure love this drink!
THE DEVIL’S MARGARITA
Classic margaritas are easily my very favorite adult beverage! The original delicious, refreshing Mexican drink gets a super cool, slightly sweet Halloween makeover with simple syrup and red wine to create that devilish red topping!
From Show Me the Yummy
BLOOD + BRAINS CRANBERRY MARTINI
What’s Halloween without plenty of blood and gore? Get your daily dose of “brain” food with this creative martini that looks as gross as it is delicious!
From This Mama Loves
This drink is great for the whole family – no, really! – with adjustments, of course. The base of this drink consists of apple cider, orange juice, and lemon juice (dry ice is optional and gives this drink its creepy smoky effect). For the kids, add sparkling cider or grape juice. To turn it into a fun adult beverage, just add your favorite sparkling wine!
Ooh, so ghostly! If you like creamy drinks, this white chocolate cocktail with half and half and hazelnut liquor is definitely for you! So decadent! The ghostly faces on these glasses are drawn with dry erase marker for a fun and creative decoration that wipes off easily when the party is over.
From Inspired by Charm
GLOW IN THE DARK JELL-O SHOTS
Just combine tonic water, powdered Jell-o mix, and any sweet alcohol to achieve this cool glow in the dark effect. Green and blue jello placed under a black light will glow the brightest!
From Homemade Hooplah
Here’s another seasonal punch featuring pumpkin puree, spiced rum, orange and lemon juices, and spiced syrup. This drink is perfect Halloween or really any fall celebration.
From Honestly Yum
BLACK MAGIC SANGRIA
This gorgeous, customizable purple punch contains blackberries, black grapes, and black plums and can be made sweeter or more tart depending on your preferences.
From Homemade Hoopla
Here’s a classic drink to give you a break from all the sweet cocktails on this list – complete with a fitting name. If you’re tired of all the gross, gory drinks that come around this time of year and want something a little more grown up and glam, this one’s for you!
From Wilde Orchard
WITCHES’ BREW COCKTAIL
This drink takes just 3 ingredients to make – orange juice, lemon lime soda, and Midori melon liquor, which gives it a cool, eerie yellowish-green glow perfect for a spooky Halloween cocktail.
From THE 5 O’CLOCK Chef
SWAMP SWILL MARTINI
Head to the swamp with this dirty martini with a nice, salty flavor to simulate real swamp water. Complete the theme with “swamp grass” and edible Palmetto bug garnishes for an authentic, creepy effect.
PURPLE PEOPLE EATER COCKTAIL
Of course, we all sang the Purple People Eater song when we were kids! Celebrate your favorite scary monster with this beautiful purple hued cocktail that gets its rich color from blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice.
From Homemade Hoopla
Check out Count Dracula’s favorite drink – a lemon martini with “blood” rim, made here with blood sparkle gel frosting – though Dracula’s would surely be the real thing.
From Inspired by Charm
CANDY CORN JELL-O SHOTS
Jell-o shots are a fun way to enjoy your booze – and your candy corn – with this cool recipe!
From A Beautiful Mess
Here’s another take on the candy corn shot theme with a creative presentation.
From That’s So Michelle
BLACK WIDOW VENOM
Could this black widow venom kill you? There’s only one way to find out! Actually, this shot is seriously sweet and tasty with only 2 ingredients – whipped cream vodka and grenadine. This serving idea is so awesome, channeling Alice in Wonderland with the potion vial.
BOOGER BEER COCKTAIL
I guess this was what I was talking about when I mentioned gross, gory drinks under the Bloody Rosemary cocktail, but I love it! Despite the disgusting concept – check out the “booger peas” – this drink is actually really tasty, pairing Guinness with overflowing marshmallow cream.
From Totally the Bomb
LIQUEFIED GHOST MARTINI
Don’t worry – no ghosts are harmed in making this drink, which is actually really good and seriously sinful with whipped cream vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liquor, and cream (though you can use regular milk or a plant based milk to lighten it up).
From Cooking with Curls
This drink may have one of the creepiest names around, but it’s actually a nice, sweet + tart cocktail your guests will love. Sweet mandarin vodka and ginger ale soda combine with tart sour apple mix and lime juice for a refreshing cocktail you may actually like to serve all year round!
This drink might be too much – what are those things in the bottom of the glass, worms??!!! Actually, they’re brains (oh, that’s better). This shot may look gross – really, really gross – but that makes it perfect for a creepy Halloween celebration!
BLOOD + GUTS COCKTAIL
Speaking of creepy, what could be more disgusting than drinking bright red blood and guts? Brains? I think it’s a draw. This cocktail gets its thick consistency from Jell-o, which might make your guests wonder if they’re really drinking the real thing. What a horrifying thought!
From Sugar + Soul Co.
BLACK LICORICE DELIGHT
My gram loved black licorice and always had the old fashioned gum around for us to chew. Here’s a grown up take on that same taste, a cocktail made of licorice liquor, blackcurrant cordial, and sugar with eerie iridescent black ice cubes.
From Camille Styles
Halloween is yet another great excuse to get together with friends and family and celebrate. Make your party even more eerie and fun with these 31 Best Halloween Cocktails for the ultimate grown-up party!
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