Even if you're not particularly fond of Halloween (and all the spooky décor, haunting music, and clever costumes that come with it), you can probably get behind the idea of sipping on a festive cocktail while watching a scary movie. After all, when it comes to food and drinks, isn't October 31 all about imbibing and indulging in sinfully good sweets and spirits?
From a bloodred margarita and a spiced pumpkin punch to a smoky old fashioned, these six Halloween cocktails are just the right amount of boozy (emphasis on the boo). Whether you're planning a festive fête or a quiet night with some scary movies, we're willing to bet that you're going to want to stock up on ice and grab a cocktail shaker after scrolling through these recipes.
Ahead are six Halloween cocktails that are just festive enough to get you into the spooky spirit.
Death Eater Negroni
The Recipe: Death Eater Negroni
The Standout Ingredient: The activated charcoal. This ingredient gives these Harry Potter–inspired cocktails their dark, moody hue.
The Pro Tip: If you're looking for a festive presentation, don't skip the dry ice. "I don't recommend adding the ice directly to the drink, but I like to place the ice in water glasses around the drinks," advises Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Vampire's Drip Cocktail
The Recipe: Vampire's Drip Cocktail
The Standout Ingredient: The sweetened condensed milk. Just a drizzle makes this dessert cocktail extra satisfying for all you sweet tooths out there.
The Pro Tip: The garnishes take this cocktail to the next level. "To get the look of 'blood,' I made a pomegranate caramel sauce to drizzle down the sides of my glass," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. Head over to her blog to find out how to make the chocolate truffle bats.
Halloween Pumpkin Punch
The Recipe: Halloween Pumpkin Punch
The Standout Ingredient: The spiced syrup. Made with fall flavors like cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg, this ingredient adds a festive flavor to the punch.
The Pro Tip: Adding dry ice to your Halloween punch is a surefire way to up the wow factor. However, you don't want to actually add dry ice to your punch. Instead, create a double boiler set up with two bowls. "Make sure both bowls are safe for dry ice," says Todd of HonestlyYum. "Certain materials will shatter when exposed to dry ice." Head over to HonestlyYum for the full tutorial.
Oaxaca Old Fashioned
The Recipe: Oaxaca Old Fashioned
The Standout Ingredient: The mezcal. This smoky spirit makes this Halloween-worthy cocktail an elevated choice for your October 31 get-together.
The Pro Tip: This no-frills old fashioned calls for a simple presentation. "Strain into an old fashioned glass over one large ice cube," advises Todd of HonestlyYum. "Garnish with a fresh twist of orange, and serve."
Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita
The Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita
The Standout Ingredient: The pomegranate juice. Not only does this ingredient give this margarita its Halloween-worthy hue, but it also adds a tartness that pairs well with tequila.
The Pro Tip: This cocktail is best served ice-cold. "Shake the crap out of it with ice, pour into a serving glass, and top with sparkling wine," advises Dana of Minimalist Baker. "A giant classy ice cube never hurts."
The Deathly Hallows Cocktail
The Recipe: The Deathly Hallows Cocktail
The Standout Ingredient: The lemon juice. While the cranberry juice gives this cocktail its spooky hue, the lemon juice adds a tart freshness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
The Pro Tip: "To give the drink a little smokiness, I finished each drink off with a sprig of fresh thyme that I then lit on fire," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "It's mostly just for presentation, but it does infuse the drink with hints of fresh thyme, which I love paired with the cranberry."