Halloween parties are the best. There’s something about the costumes that really helps adults feel like kids again. It’s easy to theme the decorations to help people feel festive. And everyone feels that “treat” is part of the theme, so they let themselves indulge in all the food and drinks.
But if there’s one thing that really makes Halloween parties special, it’s all the wonderful cocktail varieties that you can make to enhance the theme. The only problem is that so many of them are so hard to make. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 13 Easy Halloween Cocktails
What Makes a Cocktail “Easy”?
Don’t you hate those online lists that claim to be full of “easy” ideas, but really need a degree in mixology to do right? We do, too.
That’s why we made sure every cocktail on this list is actually easy. Here are our rules for “easy”:
- No more than four ingredients (not counting ice and the glass, most have three).
- No special techniques or tools required
- No food coloring—all colors come from the ingredients
- All ingredients are readily available—no driving all over town to find that special liqueur
That’s it. So, without further ado, here we go.
1. Dark and Stormy
What terrifying things can’t be found on a dark and stormy night? That’s the best setting for all the kinds of thrills and chills you want to have at your Halloween party. And this cocktail is frighteningly easy to make, too:
- 2 oz. dark rum
- 3 oz. ginger beer
- ½ oz. lime juice
Combine the rum, ginger beer, and lime in a collins glass full of ice. Stir. Garnish with lime wedge or seasonally appropriate accessory.
Nothing says decadent Halloween like sultry vampires gorging themselves on goblets of blood, so why not try this stylish sanguinary tipple:
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 2 oz. black currant juice
- ½ oz. chartreuse
Mix the ingredients and stir with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. The color is so perfect, you may have to convince your guests that there’s not a drop of actual blood in the glass before they drink!
This is a simple, flavorful cocktail that everyone will enjoy.
- 1 oz. vodka
- ¾ oz. grenadine
- 3 oz. lemon-lime soda
You can just mix it up with ice, but for extra effect, you can suck the vodka & grenadine into syringes and have people shoot it out over their own soda.
4. Bob’s Your Apple
Bobbing for apples used to be a traditional favorite activity at Halloween parties. Nowadays, the closest most of us come to that is watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. But this cool and refreshing cocktail evokes the fun mayhem of the competition.
- 1 oz. sour apple schnapps
- 2 oz. chilled mulled cider
- 3 oz. brut sparkling wine
Pour ingredients into a champagne flute in this order. This recipe assumes you’re already making mulled cider for your party. Just take some out of the bowl and chill before the party. If not, substitute regular cider from the grocery store and a dash of cinnamon schnapps or whiskey.
5. Ghoulish Gin-ger Ale
This is another pale blood-red concoction that’s spookily easy to make and just as easy to drink.
- 4 oz. ginger ale
- 2 oz. gin
- 2-3 dashes cranberry bitters
- 1 oz. grenadine
Mix the gin and ginger ale, then top with the bitters and pour the grenadine in last to give the color.
6. Graveyard Gruel
Gruel is the food of the peasants as they raise their pitchforks to demand the death of the monster, but this cocktail is anything but peasant fare.
- 1 ¼ oz. cognac
- ¾ oz. root beer schnapps
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
Shake with ice, then strain into a martini glass. The rich golden color and flavor will make you feel like the lord of the manor, and provide an excellent comfort when the peasants come to your door.
7. Bloody Bitter
Bitter because the peasants burned down your manor? Seeing only red? Well this cocktail will perfectly capture your mood for the sequel.
- 2 ½ oz. cabernet franc
- ¾ oz. rye whiskey
- 2 dashes bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a glass.
8. Vampire’s Weakness
In case you haven’t figured out the common theme most of these cocktails share . . . it’s blood!
- 1 ¼ oz. Irish whiskey
- 1 oz. red amaro
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
Mix in a glass and stir with ice long enough to chill and dilute the cocktail. The flavor is strong, but you’ve got to remember that vampires have centuries to refine their palate.
9. Devil’s Margarita
This is a tasty variation on the classic margarita. There’s no Faustian bargain here, though, just a good, simple recipe.
- 1 ½ oz. tequila
- ¾ oz. lime juice
- ¾ oz. simple syrup
- Red wine to taste and look
Combine tequila, lime, and syrup in an ice-filled shaker. Shake to chill and mix, then strain into a martini glass. Poor red wine gently over the back of a spoon to layer it on top.
10. Poisoned Apple
If you’re asked to pick your poison, you might very well choose this delightfully sharp variation on apple cider.
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 1 oz. pomegranate juice
- 2 oz. tequila
Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake. Then strain into a chilled martini glass.
11. Jekyll Gin Cocktail
Want a drink that will transform your guests with astonishment? Try this simple cocktail:
- 3 oz. gin
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- 1 tsp grenadine
- tonic water
Combine gin, lemon juice, and grenadine in a shaker. Shake and pour into a large glass. Top with tonic water. What really makes this cocktail special is the way it glows under a black light.
What’s scarier than a pirate ghost? This black concoction will send a chill up the spine of any sailors and make them glad they’re not on the high seas.
- 1 oz. spiced rum
- ½ oz. dark amaro
- 1 ½ oz. crème de cacao
- ½ oz. chocolate stout
Combine the rum, amaro, crème de cacao in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then top with the stout.
13. El Diablo Tequila
Rum may be a demon, but it’s tequila that has the honor of being a true devil. Fortunately, this cocktail is also devilishly easy to make.
- 1 ½ oz. tequila
- ¾ oz. crème de cassis
- ginger ale
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add tequila and crème de cassis. Fill with ginger ale. Stir gently.
A Note on Dry Ice
Dry ice can be added to any of these cocktails for a dramatic flourish. The cocktail will bubble and froth with a layer of mysterious smoke on top. But if you serve cocktails with dry ice, make sure it’s broken up into tiny pieces so it sublimates quickly. And warn guests that dry ice is very cold and it can hurt if it touches them—it’s best to wait until the drink stops frothing before they drink.
So there’s the tension between showmanship and being able to drink right away. Then again, the anticipation will just make these delectable potables that much tastier.
Speaking of anticipation, we’re bursting to see what ghoulish concoctions you decide on for your Halloween party. You can order online or drop in, and we’ll help you find everything you need.