I do believe in spooks!
Whether your Halloween entertaining style is kitschily spooky or downright eerie, All Hallows’ Eve requires killer cocktails. Offering your Halloween-party guests a signature cocktail immediately sets the tone for a frighteningly fabulous fête. Our curated selection represents the most creepy, spine-tingling, and sinister libations this side of Transylvania—for maximum impact, be sure to stock your bar with key ingredients like activated charcoal, dry ice, and the creative garnishes showcased below. Cheers to a spooktacular soirèe!
Poison Apple Martini (via Half-Baked Harvest)
Since vodka is a universally appealing spirit, this creative take on an apple-tini is great for crowds. The secret to its sinister color is activated charcoal, which is a natural alternative to food dyes. The added bonus? It absorbs toxins in the body. Kick this spooky cocktail up a notch by rimming the glass with black lava salt!
Bat-Berry Margarita (via Domino)
A great margarita is a party perennial. Make yours Halloween-themed by incorporating blackberries for color, rimming your glass with black salt, and garnishing with a bat-shaped cocktail spear.
Dark and Stormy Death Punch (via Food & Wine)
For larger-scale events, you simply cannot go wrong with a punch. In this libation, the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail gets an exotic twist with the addition of lychee. Don’t forget to float lychees stuffed with brandied cherries in your punch bowl—they’ll resemble creepy zombie eyeballs, which are sure to spook and impress your guests.
The Deathly Hallows (via Half-Baked Harvest)
We love this cocktail because it incorporates key flavors of the season—maple and ginger— with a waft of fresh smoky thyme. Serve it in a skeleton wine glass, and it’s the perfect drink for sitting around a bonfire and telling ghost stories.
The Black Heart (via Drinkwire)
Fig vodka and vermouth are a classic pair. If fresh figs are still in season where you live, add them as a garnish for an elegant touch.
Walking Dead (via Town & Country)
Reposado tequila and mezcal are balanced by salty fino sherry and a hit of sweet pear liqueur. Add a ghoulish touch by straining the mixture over sinister skull-shaped ice cubes.
Sleepy Hollow Cocktail (via Jewels of New York)
Mezcal and absinthe are a deadly combination! Amp up the spooky factor with a rosemary sprig lit on fire to infuse a subtle flavor and a jaw-dropping visual impact.
Death & Co. Get Lucky Cocktail (via Harper’s Bazaar)
Muddled blackberries combine with rum and ginger to create this striking cocktail. The secret to its ghoulish look comes from topping the berries with crushed ice and straining the rest of the mixture right on top, barely stirring it so the dark fruit can bleed up through the glass.
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Welcome Photo and Quote Mashup
Welcome Photo: Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil, 1958
Welcome Quote: The Wizard of Oz, 1939