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5 Fun Halloween Drink Recipes

Fun Halloween Drink Recipes and Drinkware

Whether you prefer trick-or-treats by way of spirited candy cocktails or just want to dress classic cocktails up for the eerie Halloween holiday, we’ve got your drink style covered. Halloween is the time for home party fun! Jazz up your favorite cocktails with spooky names and playful garnishes. Or serve classic cocktails already famous for their oddly eerie names, like the Blood and Sand or Corpse Reviver 2. We’re here to make you the host with the most fun, flavorful and carefree cocktails.

Halloween Drink Recipe Cards

The cocktail recipes below are perfect for Halloween season. They are super easy to make, too. Recipe cards are perfect for use at parties. Place the recipe card on display for ready-made drinks so guests know what ingredients are in their drinks. Or let guests use the recipe cards to make their own drinks so you can mix with the crowd instead of behind the bar.

Smoretini – Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Graham Crackers, Marshmallow Crème Fluff, Miniature Marshmallows

Smoretini Halloween Recipe Card - photo and recipe provided by brand representatives. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Smoretini Recipe Card

Vampire Elixir – Belvedere Vodka, Apricot Brandy, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Club Soda, Grenadine

Vampire Elixir Halloween Recipe Card - photo and recipe provided by brand representatives. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Vampire Elixir Halloween Recipe Card

Moontini – Vodka, Cointreau, Orange Juice, Orange Twist

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Moontini Halloween Recipe Card

Widow’s Touch – Applejack, Elderflower Liqueur, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters

Widow's Touch Halloween Recipe Card - Photo and Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Widow’s Touch Recipe Card

Vampire Juice – Finlandia Lime Vodka, Tomato Juice, Horseradish, Steak Sauce, Hot Sauce, Radish, Celery

Finlandia Vampire Juice Recipe Card - photo and recipe provided by brand representatives. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Finlandia Vampire Juice Recipe Card

Click on each cocktail recipe card for larger size to print. Personal use only please. Recipes and photos provided by marketing representatives of liquor companies.

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters - Shots are miniature tasters to pair with small bite appetizers. Download eBook and take recipes on the go.

Find more original, adapted and popular Halloween shots in the new eBook available for Kindle and Kindle apps. Full color photo and description included with every recipe. Click photo to order on Amazon or cut and paste link: http://amzn.to/1tIwory

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Black Pearl Champagne Cocktail

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish.

Black Pearl is an easy 3 ingredient drink – ideal for brunches, holidays and Pirate themed Halloween parties.

Champagne is one of the ultimate celebratory drinks. It is bubbly, tickles the nose and just feels festive. It’s perfect! So why mess with perfection? Because we can! There are also many opportunities to host celebratory parties and events in the months ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all offer numerous occasions to bust out the bubbly. It’s time to start planning ahead for those brunches, lunches and parties that wake the dead.

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish. Make the Black Pearl even easier to serve to a group by making the cognac and coffee liqueur base ahead of time so it is ready to serve with one pour. This is a perfect drink for pirate themed Halloween parties. You could also include the Pirate’s Punch, Scarlet Pirate, South Pacific drinks for on the rocks sipping and the Wench’s Sister shot for pure fun.

Black Pearl Champagne Recipe

Black Pearl

1 ounce Cognac

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Maraschino Cherry

Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine cognac and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into the champagne flute over the maraschino cherry. Top with chilled brut champagne.

Make this ahead of time in batch quantity with the following directions:

1 – 750ml Bottle Brut Champagne – chilled

Combine the following in a glass bottle with lid:

9 ounces Cognac

9 ounces Coffee Liqueur

4-1/2 ounces Distilled Water*

Refrigerate until well chilled and ready to serve. *Addition of distilled water takes the place of shaking individual servings with ice. This small amount of water compensates for the dilution factor or shaking with ice.

When ready to serve add the following to each glass:

1 Maraschino Cherry

2-1/2 ounces Cognac & Coffee Liqueur mixture

2-3/4 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne

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Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters - Shots are miniature tasters to pair with small bite appetizers. Download eBook and take recipes on the go.

Do you know what I love about Autumn? Halloween! I am not a huge fan of scaring myself silly, so no haunted houses and clown horror movies for me. But I do love decorating for Halloween and throwing a big Halloween party. It’s just super fun. I’m also all about planning ahead.

Introducing 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook contains 36 original, adapted and popular shots ideal for scaring up a devilish Halloween party. A full color photo of the exact drink is included with every recipe. Photography and text: Cheri Loughlin Design: Concierge Marketing

This year I’m even more excited about Halloween, because I get to introduce my new Halloween recipes book, 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters. The eBook is filled with 36 drink recipe with matching full color photos so you know exactly what the drink looks like. Each drink has been tested and has a short flavor description.

Why shot recipes for parties instead of Halloween cocktails? Plain and simple; they’re fun! They also make terrific miniature tasters to pair with appetizers and small bites. Perfect for parties! Shots are no longer reserved for the younger set. Shot tasters are for the young at heart who enjoy sampling lots of flavors.

Party Shots and Small Bite Pairings

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

The Pumpkin Pie to Die for shot pairs deliciously with easy pie crust cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Check out The Ultimate Pie Crust Guide for an experimental journey toward the perfect pie crust.

My adaption of the Banshee shot pairs nicely with miniature waffle cones filled with an assortment of diced fresh fruit and pecans. The Cupcake Project has a terrific Waffle Cone recipe if you’d like to try your hand at making your own.

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola

The Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple shots are both totally yummy paired with Crunchy Pecan Granola from PinchOfYum.com.

Pair either the Blood Shot or Vampire Killer shots with a fresh mozzarella ball, cherry tomato and fresh basil leaf on a miniature kabob. Provide a small dish with mixture of olive oil or chili oil and aged balsamic with salt and pepper for dipping. I’m also a fan of the Caprese Bites with cheese tortellini and basil pesto from GarnishWithLemon.com.

These are just a small handful of shot recipes and small bite food pairings that would make the perfect serve at your next party. But you don’t have to wait for a party to start sampling these delicious recipes. Download 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters today and start sampling! Don’t forget to take your eBook with you on the go so you can be the life of the party.

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Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake is a most appropriate bakery treat for Halloween party season. It is dark, decadent and devilishly delicious. But in my opinion, the cake is the bones of the treat. So in this case, the cake is the cocktail. The heart of what I like about dessert.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail uses flavor inspiration from the cake and whips up a little liquid magic. It is sweet and scrumptious like the dark and delicious chocolate cake. But this Devil’s treat takes minimal preparation time and no time wasted waiting on the oven to preheat. Pour, shake and enjoy. That’s no trick. Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail is pure treat.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Recipe

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce Bols Brown Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/4 ounce Kahlua Especial Coffee Liqueur

Crushed Oreo Cookies Garnish

Crush cookies and cream cookies to fine texture. Lightly moisten outside rim of cocktail glass with hazelnut or coffee liqueur. Dip rim in crushed cookies. Set cocktail glass aside. Place vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared glass.

Creamy Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Variation

Take the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Take the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Make this Devil may care cocktail work for you during the entire winter holiday season. Add 1 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream to the recipe above. Shake with ice along with the vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs. Strain into a chilled martini glass (crushed cookie rim optional) or strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little bitter chocolate bite to the sweetened cocktail.

The creamy white texture and snowball color pair perfectly with wintry holidays. This variation of the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail makes a great holiday party cocktail. It could also be garnished with a mint leave rather than cacao nibs to add a hint of festive green!

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Three Olives Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Bols Liqueur, Frangelico, Kahlua, Oreo Cookie and Hiland Dairy brands while creating this cocktail. Use the brands you have on hand and are the most comfortable using when recreating this recipe at home. The taste results should be close to the same.

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Emerald Dragon Cocktail

The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick's Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

As I sorted through cocktail recipes in anticipation of Halloween, I came across one with a very promising name; the Black Martini. The Black Martini seemed easy enough with three ingredients. It also sounded tasty with black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. There was one slight problem in mixing the Black Martini. The Black Martini did not make a black drink. But it makes a brilliantly beautiful emerald green cocktail.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

So the Black Martini slips on a Halloween costume and becomes the Emerald Dragon Cocktail. Don’t be fooled by the clever disguise. They are one and the same.

The Emerald Dragon is rather sweet and completely made up of alcohol. Be sure to shake this drink enough to ensure proper ice melt in the drink. I also sampled this recipe with splash of fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 1/4 ounce) to cut the sweetness factor a bit. A little more could also be added. The lime juice did not change the emerald green color at all.

This drink could also be served on the rocks with squeeze of lime, splash of club soda and served with lime twist garnish. The color makes this drink an excellent choice for Halloween, but also festive enough for Christmas parties and an alternative green drink for St. Patrick’s Day.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail Recipe

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail – Black Martini {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}

Emerald Dragon

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to thoroughly blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur while sampling this cocktail. Use brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but color could vary slightly due to variations in brand formulations.

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