Category Archives: Halloween Cocktails

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Halloween cocktails take on eerie effect with bubbling cauldrons filled with dry ice, floating eyeballs and martini glasses glowing with concoctions of ghastly greens and appalling blood red. Sometimes the flavor combinations necessary to create such frightening presentations are as horrific to swallow as they are to look at. But that isn’t necessary.

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. Raspberry and raspberry puree are as ghoulish as this drink gets. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight

1-1/4 ounce Smirnoff Vodka

1/4 ounce Grenadine

3-1/4 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Juice

Raspberry

Raspberry Puree*

Combine vodka, grenadine and splash of lime or 1/2 fresh lime squeezed into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh raspberry. Drizzle raspberry puree over the top.

*Purchase raspberry puree or make your own by muddling a few raspberries with simple syrup.

Recipe and drink photo provided by representatives of Smirnoff. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin

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Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash Shot

I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…

Moscato Monster Mash

I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago

And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato

A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in

With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim

I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed

Poured the bubbly and made a splash

The mixture glowed an eerie green

With floating flecks of black kiwi seed

I sipped, swished and gave it a taste

A shot like this I could not waste

It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet

The perfect Halloween party treat

So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.

It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.

Do the Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante

Sugar Rim Garnish

Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.

Repurpose Your Drink

A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!

I used Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante during the creation process. You can find more of my original Barefoot Wine & Bubbly recipes by following the link.

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Repurposing the Zombie

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Classic Zombie adapted to the Walking Dead – perfect for Halloween Parties

The classic Zombie rum cocktail is a heavily over-proof cocktail. The name makes it a perfect drink for Halloween parties. But you don’t want your guests stumbling around like the walking dead.

Adding more fruit juice to the recipe brings a little balance to the drink. This variation of the Zombie recipe includes Apricot brandy and brown sugar syrup. Molasses could be used in place of brown sugar syrup for deeper flavor. Bitters lend a hand by layering a little spiced flavor throughout the drink.

Walking Dead Halloween Drink

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Walking Dead – multiply the ingredients for party serve

Walking Dead – adaption by Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3/4 ounce Apricot Brandy

1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

2 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Classic Bitters – optional

Cherry Garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry. Optional garnishes could include orange slice or pineapple.

Repurpose that Drink

I am a big fan of finding new uses for things. Cocktails are no different. Why leave this drink to just a classic Zombie or adapt it to a Walking Dead for Halloween and call it good? It would be a shame to let this recipe sit on the shelf for an entire year and only serve it for Halloween. So what else is it good for?

Sure, there’s that popular television series people talk about by the same name. Buy a season or two on DVD, host a watch party and serve these Walking Dead drinks. Guests will love them!

But then I counted. There are 10 ingredients in this drink. Perfect for football and tailgate parties… Rename this drink the 1st and 10, multiply the ingredients so it serves a crowd and you’ve got the perfect serve for game day.

See, every drink has a purpose. Sometimes it can be repurposed.

This repurposed Zombie cocktail recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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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

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

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.

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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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