What are the best Halloween cocktails?
With the arrival of October, it’s official: spooky season is upon us.
The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and the smell of carved pumpkins is wafting through the vents of your apartment building.
Whether you’re hosting a small, socially distanced gathering this Halloween season or looking for a way to get into the spooky-season spirit, cocktails are always a great way to go.
Serving beverages with a little bit of scariness is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and ward off the potential ghosts of drunken Halloweens from your past.
In this article, we’re going to give you some of our top picks for spooky Halloween cocktails that are sure to impress your guests— and your taste buds.
So light the fire, bust out that goblin mask that your dad used to scare you with, and make sure the liquor cabinet is stocked with Saucey. It’s time to get spooky and boozy!
Candy Corn Cocktails
Candy corn lovers rejoice: we’re infusing booze into your favorite seasonal treat.
The recipe includes kettle-corn infused gin, which takes a little bit of time to make, but is sure to ignite your creative instincts and wow everyone at the costume party.
Ingredients for Candy Corn Cocktails
For the Kettle Corn Gin:
- One 750 ml bottle of your favorite gin
- One cup of kettle corn
For the Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup pomegranate juice (or whatever juice best fits your palate!)
- Skin from 1 orange and one lemon
For the Candy Corn Cocktail:
- 1.5 ounces kettle corn-infused gin
- .5 ounces Moscato wine
- 1 ounce syrup
- Garnish with 3 candy corns (or more)
Candy Corn Cocktail Recipe
- Combine the gin and kettle corn in an air-tight container
- Let it infuse for at least 24 hours
- Strain the kettle corn and refrigerate
- In a saucepan over the stove, dissolve the sugar into the pomegranate juice over medium heat
- Once dissolved, add the lemon and orange peels and simmer for 10 minutes
- Remove and chill the syrup (for up to one week—perfect to repurpose!)
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the kettle corn gin, Moscato wine, and pomegranate syrup (include ice if you’d like)
- Shake well, add candy corn, and serve in a chilled glass!
While this drink does take a little bit of advanced planning, actually making and constructing the cocktail is very easy and contains simple ingredients.
This candy corn cocktail is the perfect sweet treat for any spooky gathering—and you’ll have plenty of candy and kettle corn leftover for bite-sized snacks!
Halloween Bloody Mary Shooters
Whether you’re screaming bloody murder or bloody mary this Halloween season, these shooters are an awesome way to spice up your drink selection.
Ingredients for a Halloween Bloody Mary
For the mix:
- 3 stalks of celery
- 6 cups tomato juice
- 2-3 lemons to produce ¼ cup of juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh horseradish
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot sauce
- Freshly ground, coarse pepper (for best results— regular pepper will do)
For the shooters:
- Black salt and coarsely ground pepper for rim
- Lemon Wedges
- 2 ounces vodka
- Celery Stalks for garnish
Bloody Mary Shooter Recipe
- Pulse celery until finely chopped
- Add 2 cups of tomato juice, then puree until smooth
- Transfer to pitcher
- Stir in remaining four cups of tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery salt, hot sauce, and black pepper
- Cover and refrigerate
- Stir together equal parts salt and pepper on a small plate
- Rub lemon wedge around the rims of 3 ounce shot glasses
- Dip rims into salt and pepper mixture
- Pour 2 ounces of mix into the bottom of the shot glass
- Pour one-ounce black vodka over a cold spoon, allowing vodka to sit on top
- Garnish with celery
With Halloween falling on a Saturday in 2020, the party is sure to get started early.
Let the mix sit overnight, and start the day with these bloody mary shooters that are sure to get you and your guests in the spooky spirit before night even falls!
BOOzy Eyeball Martinis
If you’re looking for an extremely easy way to impress your guests, you’ve got to check out these eyeball martinis.
This seasonal take on a classic drink will have everyone at your party talking and copying the simple recipe for their own use!
Ingredients for Boozy Eyeball Martinis
- Large-cube ice trays
- One bottle Vermouth
- One bottle Gin or vodka
- Green Olives
Boozy Eyeball Martinis Recipe
- Place olives in an ice cube tray
- Delicately pour water over the olives, totally submerging them
- Freeze for at least 3 hours
- Place regular crushed ice into a martini glass and set aside to chill.
- Place regular ice into a cocktail shaker with vermouth and gin/vodka.
- Place olive eyeball cubes into a chilled martini glass
- Pour the mixture into a martini glass using a strainer.
- Stir well to combine
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy to pull off, and your guests will appreciate the extra touch of the eyeball cubes.
If you have some of the olive-based eyeball cubes left over, the kids will love them! Reinvent a virgin version of the drink to entertain the little ones.
If you live in a place that is still experiencing high temperatures on Halloween, this Zombie Cooler is a refreshing way to spookify your gathering.
Ingredients for a Zombie Cooler
- One bottle gin
- One bottle vodka
- One bottle rum
- One bottle triple sec
- Lemon juice
- Simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water)
Zombie Cooler Recipe
- In a mixing glass, crush the strawberries with lemon juice and simple syrup
- Add equal parts gin, vodka, rum, and triple sec
- Combine in a shaker with ice
- Shake vigorously
- Pour contents into a tall glass
- Garnish with strawberry
The Zombie Cooler couldn’t be any easier! Serve this blood-inspired iced beverage for a fruity take on the spooky season.
We couldn’t assemble this list with at least one pumpkin-inspired beverage.
If you and you’re guests haven’t already worn yourself out on pumpkin spice lattes, this is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for any group of pumpkin cravers.
Ingredients for a Pumpkin Poacher
- One bottle gin
- One bottle pumpkin puree
- One dozen eggs
- One bottle maple syrup
Pumpkin Poacher Recipe
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass
- Dry shake until the egg is completely emulsified (this usually takes at least one minute)
- Add ice and shake again
- Double strain into a martini glass
- Dust the top with nutmeg for garnish
This drink will come out with a beautiful frothy top, making it possible to make spooky designs out of the nutmeg if your inner artist is calling.
Get Halloween Cocktails Delivered with Saucey
No matter what boozy beverage you’re conjuring up this spooky season, Saucey has all the booze you need available for delivery on-demand.
We’ve got the whole liquor store at your disposal, from fan favorites to local picks, and of course, all your seasonal beverage needs.
Just drop a pin to your location, and we’ll be there in thirty minutes or less. It’s never been easier to get the instant gratification that you deserve—especially in such a festive time of the year.
Don’t stress out about going to a liquor store to stock up on booze this Halloween. You have enough to prepare for decorating and coming up with the perfect costume.