This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, “witch” gives your customers an excuse party on a weeknight. The second most important thing behind costumes on Halloween is, of course, cocktails.
From bewitching cocktails to devilish sangrias, zero-calorie Sparkling Ice is a key tool to have in your bar, and it’s in some of the cocktails listed here.
Be as creative as possible visually. Most customers are influenced by what they see, so go all-in for the fake blood and creepy eyes, again featured in some of the recipes below. But the main thing is to be prepared in whatever context that means for you. Take the time to pull an attractive cocktail menu together, and trade up on price. People going out for Halloween plan to spend and are prepared to pay extra for your effort. Don’t miss that opportunity.
- 2 Parts Dark Rum
- 1 Part Pumpkin Puree
- 1 Part Intense Ginger Liqueur
- 1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Cherry
- Grated Ginger
Method: 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.”
- 1 Part Wicked White Whiskey
- 2 Parts Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
- Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry / Sugar syrup “Blood”
- Kiwi slices
Method: Reduce one cup of Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry with two tablespoons of white sugar into thick syrup – drizzle over both interior & exterior of cocktail glass. Chill whiskey and Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry and garnish with 2 kiwi “eyes”.
Seven Deadly Sins Sangria
- 1/2 Apple, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/2 pear, sliced
- Cinnamon Stick
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1/2 cup Brandy
- 1 cup Sparkling Ice Tangerine
Method: Cut fruit into equal sizes and place in pitcher with the cinnamon stick. Pour in the bottle of wine, bourbon, and Sparkling Ice Tangerine over fruit. Gently stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for three hours, up to two days. Serve cold over ice.
Created by Adam Junkins, GM/Barman/Sommelier
- 1 1/2 oz pecan infused bourbon
- 3/4 oz Hochstadter’s “Slow & Low” Rock & Rye
- 1/2 oz El Maestro Sierra, 15 year Oloroso Sherry
- 3/4 oz Creme de cocoa
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing pitcher with ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a small rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel “flower” and an Amarena cherry on a bamboo skewer.
Inspired by the image of a dark wizard, a Necromancer if you will, standing in a graveyard on a rainy, dreary fall day. The smell of wet earth and fallen leaves mingle with the faint hint of smoke in the air as his twisted magic coaxes a long dead corpse from the ground. Somehow alive but certainly not well.
The Freddy Kruger
- 1.5 oz Del Amigo Mezcal
- .75 oz Ginger Liqueur
- .25 oz Honey Simple
- .5 oz Lemon Juice
- 4 Dashes of Hot Sauce
Method: Combine all ingredients in shaker; Shake with ice; Serve up. Garnish: Lemon Twist
After 15 years, Freddy Krueger is back! Robert Englund will return to action as the razor clawed, wisecracking, teen-killer Freddy Kruger on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Created by Blue Ribbon Brassiere Las Vegas. The venue is celebrating Freddy’s return with a smoky cocktail that makes you feel like you’re walking through a murky haunted house on Elm Street.
‘Twang Bloody Orange Austin Eastciders Cocktail’ Rimmed with Golden Roar Twang-A-Rita
- ¾ lime juice
- 1 oz tequila
- ¾ oz blood orange Italian soda
- Austin Eastciders
Method: Dry shake to emulsify. Pour over ice in a tall Collins glass. Top with Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider.
- 1.5oz. Plantation pineapple rum
- .75oz Jagermeister
- .5oz Tarnished Truth Bourbon Mash Moonshine
- .5oz fresh lime juice
- .25oz Demerara
- 1 dash ginger bitters
- 1 dash of charcoal powder
- Topped with fresh whipped cream and orange zest
Created by Hunt Room Bartender Matt Sopata. Hunt Room is a prohibition-era speakeasy located at the historic Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia. This drink uses Tarnished Truth, the adjacent distillery’s Ghost Bourbon Mash Moonshine, making it extra spirited for Halloween.
‘Twang Witch’s Brew’ Rimmed with Twang-A-Rita Unwind Lime
- 1 quart Lime sherbert
- 12oz can frozen limeade concentrate
- 1 Liter 7UP
- 2 cups Vodka
- Gummy eyeballs
Instructions: Scoop lime sherbet into a punch bowl. Pour in 7UP and frozen limeade concentrate. Stir in Vodka. Serve in glasses rimmed with Twang-A-Rita Unwind Lime. Garnish with gummy eyeballs.
Black Magic Punch
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 ½ ounces black vodka
- ½ ounce triple sec
- Orange wedge, for garnish
Method: In a cocktail shaker, add orange juice and triple sec over ice. Shake well, and strain into a glass. Using the back of a spoon, pour the black vodka slowly into the glass so that the vodka sits atop the OJ & Triple Sec mix. Carefully dip one edge of the orange wedge into the vodka for a spooky presentation, and sit the wedge on the rim of the glass. Serve!
Andrea Correale is the founder and president of Elegant Affairs, serving New York City, the Hamptons and the Gold Coast of Long Island. She is also the official off-premise caterer of Celebrity Chef David Burke. Andrea has been producing custom-designed, award winning New York catered events for more than 20 years, serving dozens of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon and Liam Neeson, and we’re thrilled she took the time to put together these cocktail recipes for our Drink Me readers. Behold and beware.
‘Twang Dia De Los Muertos Michelada’ w/ Michelada Beer Salt:
- 1 Lime
- 4 oz Clamato Mix
- 1 Dash Worestershire
- 2 Dashes Tabasco
- 1 12oz Beer
- Ice (as needed)
- 1 Lime Wedge Garnish
Method: Rim a glass with Michelada Beer Salt. In a shaker with ice combine, lime juice, clamato, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Shake well to chill. Pour in class with ice; fill with beer. Add lime wedge for garnish.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Ingredients (for two cocktails):
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cream or half and half
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2-3 ounces of bourbon
- frosting and sprinkles, for glasses
Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until combined. Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles. Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve!
Zombie Slime Martini Shooters
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. peach schnapps
- 1 oz. sour apple schnapps
- 1 oz. coconut rum
- 1 oz. sweet and sour mix
- Ingredients for Blood Slime:
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon red food coloring
Method for Blood Slime Rim: Mix three tablespoons of corn syrup with ¼ teaspoon of red food coloring. Dip the rim of each cocktail glass into the mixture, and slowly spin the glass to coat it. Turn the glass upright and the blood will begin to drip slightly.Set Aside.
Method for Martini Shooter: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and pour over ice cubes into a martini glass.
Black Widow Shot
- 1 ½ oz. black vodka, very cold
- ½ oz. chilled cranberry juice
Method: Fill a small cocktail glass with ice. Rim a shot glass with red sugar crystals. Pour cranberry juice over ice, shake well and strain into shot glass. Gently layer black vodka over juice. Garnish with a cherry and serve.