Spooky sips: Best Halloween cocktails that are perfect for the witching hour


Do you dare drink one of these spooky sips? The best Halloween cocktails combine a little fright and a lot of fun for the witching hour.

Halloween is a fun holiday for all ages, not just the littlest trick or treaters. The best Halloween cocktails have a little fun and a little fright. Whether you push yourself outside of your comfort zone or stick to something more traditional, Halloween is the perfect excuse to raise a glass or two.

In some cases, the best Halloween cocktails are similar to your favorite, classic cocktail. From martinis to margaritas, a little spooky twist to these cocktails make them perfect for the holiday. Sometimes, even just a name change can make the cocktails creepy.

For example, Tito’s Terror-Tini is similar to classic martini. Made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, pomegranate juice and some simple syrup, the cocktail isn’t scary at all. Granted, the color is perfect for Halloween but it isn’t a terror-filled sip.

A similar thought applies to Cody Goldstein’s SVEDKA Citron Bloody Carrie. Who doesn’t remember that classic movie scene? The classic Bloody Mary gets a makeover with some scary condiments.

Plus, the citrus notes from the SVEDKA Citron adds a touch of brightness to the classic cocktail. That hint of citrus offers great balance to the heat in this Bloody Carrie.

SVEDKA Bloody Carrie, photo provided by SVEDKA

Here’s how to make the Bloody Carrie.

"Bloody CarrieBloody Carrie “Mix”2 oz Tomato Juice1 oz Red bell pepper juice2 tbl Horseradish2 dashes WorchesterPinch of sea salt & white pepperPinch of celery salt5 dashes TabascoFew sprigs of CilantroMuddled Banana Peppers2 oz Svedka Citron.50 oz Lemon JuiceMethod:Combine 6 ounces of Bloody Mary “mix”, 1/2 oz of lemon juice and 2 ounces of vodka into shaker tin. Dry shake and strain into Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with Celery Stalk, Banana Peppers, Cilantro Sprig, and olives stuffed with salami. Eyeballs can be made with Lychee stuffed with a blueberry."

Sometimes, a cocktail name is just perfect for the spooky season. The classic Corpse Reviver is one of those great Halloween cocktails.

NOLET’S Gin has a version of the Corpse Reviver that uses its Silver Gin. While some people find absinthe spooky, the liquor is quite flavorful. Then again, the mystical quality of how the liquor changes color is rather fun for the Halloween.

To continue the discussion on the best Halloween cocktails, it might be time to conjure up a witching cocktail. Hornitos Tequila has a spooky sip that could have you caught under its spell.

The Black Cauldron does have a slightly sinister appearance, but it is an enchanting sip. The herbaceous notes from the sage and the brightness from the lemon make this cocktail a must for any Halloween event.

Lastly, just because Halloween might be a little scary, it doesn’t mean all those best Halloween cocktails have to be stuck in the shadows. The Diabolique from Grey Goose has layers of flavors that evolve over each sip.

While the name might make you think of the dark side, this cocktail is quite bright, tart and a little sweet. It is the perfect reminder that Halloween is just spooky.

Diabolique Halloween cocktail, photo provided by Grey Goose

"DiaboliqueIngredients:1.5 oz Grey Goose Le Citron vodka1/3 oz Cointreau1/3 oz fresh pineapple juice0.75 oz fresh lemon juice0.5 oz Crème de Mure blackberry liqueurMethod:Build all the ingredients apart from the Crème de Mure in a mixing glass. Top with cubed ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass, then add a cap of crushed ice. Drizzle with Crème de Mure and garnish with fresh mint."

These cocktails are just a very small sampling of some of the best Halloween cocktails. As with any celebration, remember to be responsible when imbibing.

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How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Are you looking for treats or tricks?