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The 13 Very Best Halloween Cocktails




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.


Blood orange juice and dandelion and burdock give this cocktail its bloody hue while vodka and bitters pack a mighty punch.


Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail - best halloween cocktails ever

Ingredients: - 250ml Crystal Head Vodka - 125ml Cointreau - 50ml bitters - 2 cup fresh-squeezed blood orange juice - 1 cups Fentimans dandelion and burdock

Method: 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.


morgue-a-rita cocktail goo how to

Ingredients Goo:  - 60ml cup sugar syrup - green food colouring Cocktail:  - 120ml fresh lime juice - 240ml club soda - 180ml tequila - 80ml cointreau - 4 maraschino cherries - 4 tsps maraschino cherry syrup

Method: 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.

Morgue-a-rita cocktail best halloween cocktail ever

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


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.


caramel apple cocktail best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 50ml apple juice - 50ml Two Birds Salted Caramel Vodka - 25ml Teichenne Butterscotch Schnapps - Ice - Caramel sauce - Bronw sugar - Apple slices for garnish

Method: 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 


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.


Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 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)

Method: 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 


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.


The Duppy Share Halloween Punch best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 50ml The Duppy Share Rum - 50ml mango juice - Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Method: 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.


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.


sleepy hollow halloween cocktail best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 15ml absinthe - 60ml mezcal - 30ml Dark matter spiced rum - 2 dashes angostura orange bitters - Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Method: 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


Inspired by "The Shining", this classically-styled, aromatic rum cocktail is meant for sipping. Spooky manicure optional.


the jack torrence cocktail best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 45ml white rum - 20ml Apple Liqueur - 20ml Dark Matter Spiced Rum - 2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters - Orange Zest

Method: 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


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.


the red queen best halloween cocktail ever Ingredients: - 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 Method: 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


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.


baileys pumpkin spice punch best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 450ml Baileys Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur - 450ml milk - 125ml Bulleit Bourbon - vanilla extract to taste

Method: Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl. Make sugar rims on the glasses with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Serve punch over ice.


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.


dark n stormy death punch best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 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

Method: 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


A spooktacularly strong Zombie Cocktail Recipe made with the classic recipe, perfect for your Halloween get together. Can be served lit or unlit.


flaming zombie cocktail best halloween cocktails ever

Ingredients: - 30ml White Rum - 30ml Spiced Rum - 30ml Dark Rum - 30ml Apricot Brandy - 30ml Pineapple Juice - 30ml Lime Juice - 15ml 151 Proof Rum - Ice

Method: 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


Get your creep on by creating severed hand ice cubes to keep this blood-red sangria punch cool.


severed hand sangria best halloween cocktail ever

Ingredients: - 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 Method: 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


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.


swamp swill martini best halloween cocktail ever Ingredients: - 50ml gin - 15ml brine from cocktail olives - Splash of dry vermouth - 1 sprig of fresh oregano - 1 Palmetto Bug garnish (see below)

Method: 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)

swamp swill martini make a bug 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