THE BEST HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS...EVER!
It's quite a statement. The "very best". So what makes us so certain these 13 cocktails live up to the claim?
Well, our criteria was simple. It needs to look good, but taste better. Those "brain haemorrhaging" shots of baileys with vodka and grenadine certainly look pretty cool, but who wants to actually drink it?
And it needs to be at-home friendly. Sure, you can find incredible concoctions involving dry ice, glow in the dark powder and coloured syrups with crazy ingredients and props. But ain't nobody got time for that. And we're on a tight sched.
So, we wanted to find cocktails that were genuinely easy to make, with ingredients from 31Dover.com that can be delivered direct to your door, and that still tasted great in big batch formats so that your Halloween House Party wasn't fuelled by cans of warm lager...
So allow us to present, the 13 Very Best Halloween Cocktails guaranteed to make any scary party an absolute scream.
1. ZOMBIE GUT PUNCH
Blood orange juice and dandelion and burdock give this cocktail its bloody hue while vodka and bitters pack a mighty punch.
In a large punch bowl filled with ice, pour vodka, triple sec, bitters, blood orange juice and dandelion and burdock. Laugh as though you are an evil zombie and stir. Rim each glass with grenadine before filling with punch mixture, then serve. Stagger around menacingly, and threaten to eat strangers' brains.
Adapted from The CookingChannelTV.com
This ooey-gooey margarita will ensure your guests have a frightfully good time at your Halloween party. The blood red maraschino syrup adds the cherry 'on the bottom' while sugary green "goo" lends a creepy twist. Makes 4.
- 60ml cup sugar syrup
- green food colouring
- 120ml fresh lime juice
- 240ml club soda
- 180ml tequila
- 80ml cointreau
- 4 maraschino cherries
- 4 tsps maraschino cherry syrup
Mix together the sugar syrup with green food dye. Place glasses in the freezer to frost them. When frozen, dip each glass into the green syrup and invert to allow the syrup to drip slightly. Return glasses to the freezer to set.
Insert stirrers through maraschino cherries for each drink and set aside. Juice the limes and strain if desired to remove pulp. Combine tequila, cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Pour one teaspoon of the maraschino cherry syrup into the bottom of each glass. Add a cherry and stirrer to each glass. Carefully pour the margarita mixture into each glass till about 3/4 full. (Tip: Pour very slowly to avoid disturbing the syrup on the bottom). Top off each drink with club soda and serve immediately.
Adapted from a recipe by Sam Henderson for HGTV
3. CARAMEL APPLE
Nothing says autumn like a sweet caramel apple. This cocktail is a grown-up take on a childhood seasonal favourite and can be served warm or chilled.
Place caramel sauce in a flat-bottomed, shallow bowl. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in caramel sauce and then in the sugar. Set aside.
Place apple juice, caramel vodka, and butterscotch liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Shake until cold (about 20 seconds). Strain the cocktail into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh apple slice on the side of the glass and serve.
Note: For a warm cocktail: Heat the apple juice to a simmer. Place the caramel vodka and butterscotch liqueur in the prepared glass. Pour the hot apple juice in the glass and garnish with a fresh apple slice to serve.
Adapted from a recipe via HGTV.com
4. PUMPKIN SPICE HALLOWEEN PUNCH
Pumpkin pie spice and apple cider lend autumnal flavour to this Halloween take on classic sangria. Serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin for a dramatic presentation.
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 60ml honey
- 60ml brown sugar, or more to taste
- 240ml bourbon
- 620ml apple cider
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
- 1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)
Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.
For Serving: Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl, or give the punch extra Halloween flavour by serving inside a Jack O' Lantern. Cut a circle in the top of a large pumpkin, then completely remove seeds and pulp. Fill with the fruit and punch, then enjoy!
Recipe via HGTV.com
5. DUPPY HALLOWEEN PUNCH
We'd like to raise a ghost, ahem, toast to the after dark. To the spirits of the underworld, such as the Caribbean Duppy. The naughty sprite who steals all the best rum - and this punch is named in his honour.
Super easy, this one. Simply combine equal parts of The Duppy Share Rum and Mango Juice in a punch bowl and top with ginger beer. Serve in punch cups, over ice.
6. SLEEEPY HOLLOW COCKTAIL
Smokey mezcal is blended with spiced Scottish Rum to bring together autumn's flavours. To finish the drink, try lighting up a sprig of rosemary and awaken the spirits of the night... Makes one.
Pour absinthe into a rocks glass; swirl to coat, and discard liqueur.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add mezcal, rum, and 2 dashes of bitters. Stir gently for about 10-15 seconds. Strain cocktail into a glass over cubed ice. Light rosemary with until it's gently smoking and place it in the glass. Serve immediately.
Adapted from TheJewelsofNY.com
7. THE JACK TORRANCE
Inspired by "The Shining", this classically-styled, aromatic rum cocktail is meant for sipping. Spooky manicure optional.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Add bitters. Garnish with orange zest.
Adapted from a recipe via DesignLoveFest.com
8. THE RED QUEEN
A twist on a gin-based Cosmopolitan inspired by the dark side of Alice in Wonderland and the ominous 'drink me' potions. A deep ruby red which looks beautiful, capricious and just a little bit dangerous. Makes 2.
- 100ml cranberry juice
- 80ml Hendrick's gin
- 40ml St Germain Elderflower liqueur
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- fresh cranberries threaded on cocktail sticks to garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the ingredients (apart from the fresh cranberries). Shake until a frost forms on the shaker – about 30 seconds.
Pour into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish with the fresh cranberries.
Taken from SuperGoldenBakes.com
9. BAILEYS PUMPKIN PUNCH
Hosting a party and need a drink recipe for a crowd? This Baileys Pumpkin Spice punch is for you. It’s An easy, deliciously sweet cocktail with notes of pumpkin, sweet cinnamon, baking spices, vanilla and coffee. Makes 10.
Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl. Make sugar rims on the glasses with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Serve punch over ice.
10. DARK 'N' STORMY DEATH PUNCH
A creepy take on the Dark and Stormy, a classic rum and ginger beer drink. Floating in the punch bowl make round ice cubes made with lychee syrup and lychees stuffed with delicious bourbon cherries, which have an uncanny resemblance to eyeballs.
- Can of lychees in syrup
- 200g thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
- Approx 16 bourbon cherries
- 60g superfine sugar
- 100ml fresh lime juice
- 340ml dark rum
- Three bottles ginger beer
- Ice cubes
For the eyeballs: In a small saucepan, bring the lychee syrup and fresh ginger to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, stuff 16 lychees with bourbon cherries. Set each lychee in the cup of a mini muffin pan or in an ice cube tray. Strain the lychee-ginger syrup and pour it over the lychees. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
For the cocktail: In a pitcher, stir the sugar into the lime juice until dissolved. Add the rum and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Unmould the lychee ice cubes into a small punch bowl. Pour in the lime-rum mixture. Add the ginger beer, stir gently and serve in ice-filled glasses.
Tip: The lychee ice cubes can be frozen for up to 1 week and are easy to make ahead.
Adapted from a recipe via FoodandWine.com
11. THE FLAMING ZOMBIE
A spooktacularly strong Zombie Cocktail Recipe made with the classic recipe, perfect for your Halloween get together. Can be served lit or unlit.
Combine all ingredients except the 151 rum into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake 5-7 times.Pour into a cocktail glass, top with the 151 rum.
Note: due to the very high alcohol content in this drink, the Zombie cocktail may be set ablaze. Use extreme caution when lighting and serving the Zombie Cocktail.
Adapted from a recipe via AnnsEntitledLife.com
12. SEVERED HAND SANGRIA
Get your creep on by creating severed hand ice cubes to keep this blood-red sangria punch cool.
- 1 Latex glove
- Filtered water (enough to fill latex glove)
- 2 bottles Red Wine
- 620ml Sparkling water
- 620ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
- 85ml Cointreau
- 3 tbsp Brown sugar
- 2 Fresh oranges, thinly sliced
- 2 Fresh pink grapefruit, thinly sliced
- 2 Fresh lemons, thinly sliced
- 2 Fresh limes, thinly sliced
- 1 cup bourbon cherries in syrup
The night before the party, fill a latex glove with some filtered water, tie them up like you would a balloon and freeze overnight.
In a big punch bowl combine red wine, sparkling water, orange juice, brandy, brown sugar, fruit slices, and bourbon cherry syrup. Stir and add 1 frozen ice-hand (latex glove removed!)
Adapted from a recipe via CookingChannelTV.com
13. SWAMP SWILL MARTINI
High end, classy Halloween cocktail for those who like their classic cocktails without the chintz. Salty and briney, served with a Palmetto Bug garnish to spook your guests.
To make the Palmetto Bug garnish: Add antennae to a black olive by poking holes with a toothpick and inserting two chives. Spray with black food colouring (optional)
To make the cocktail, combine drink ingredients with ice in a martini shaker. Shake to mix and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of oregano and the Palmetto Bug. Makes one cocktail.
Recipe via minted.com