Drink Up Witches – A Toast to Hauntingly Good Cocktails

Black background with halloween cocktail collage

I’m sure this is an unpopular opinion, but Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Maybe wearing those thick, plasticky, super hot costumes and masks from the 80s scarred me. But my children are the opposite; they love everything about Halloween, from decorating, movies, parties, and especially the candy. However, I do love a good cocktail and these Halloween cocktails are fun to make and share with the neighbors while the kids roam the neighborhood raiding the candy.

Jack The Ripper

orange cocktail
Jack the Ripper courtesy photo

1 oz vodka
.5 oz raw carrot juice
.5 oz Bauchant orange liqueur
Lemon twist

Mix all ingredients and pour into a shot glass. Garnish with a twist.

Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy Corn Cocktail
Candy Corn cocktail courtesy photo

0.5 oz Sorel
2 oz Skrewball Whiskey
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake until combined and foamy, about 10 seconds. Add ice and shake until chilled, about 10 seconds.

Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a liqueur.

Talum Devil

Talum Devil martinit glass with bottle of tequila
Talum Devil courtesy photo

1 oz Cenote Reposado
.5 oz creme de violette.5 oz lime juice
2 oz ginger beer

Pour all ingredients into one glass and stir over ice, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or fresh blackberry.


Palominado cocktail
Palominado courtesy photo

1.5 oz Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Syrup

Top with Grapefruit Soda
Crushed ice
Add Smokehead Terminado, fresh grapefruit and lime juice and agave syrup to the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Highball glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda.

The Smoked Old Fashioned

Smoked old fashioned
Courtesy photo

1.5 oz of Devil’s Gate bourbon
0.5 oz of Grand Marnier
3 dashes of aromatic bitters
Orange peel

Chocolate Whiskey Mousse

Chocolate whiskey mousse in shot glass
Chocolate whiskey mousse courtesy photo

2 c. heavy whipping cream
2 c. dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

Pour the heavy whipping cream into a bowl and beat for a few minutes with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Melt chocolate chips over low heat on the stove, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat before the chips melt. Stir chocolate chips until smooth, add whiskey and vanilla. Fold chocolate sauce into whipping cream and chill, then pop in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve — marked with a spooky tombstone and a few crumbled cookies.

Pumpkin Daiquiri

Pumpkin daiquiri with Bayou Rum bottle
Pumpkin Daiquiri Courtesy photo

1.5 oz Bayou White Rum
1 oz Pumpkin puree
1 oz Orange juice
Fresh lime

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coup. Garnish with orange slice and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, & whole cloves.

Smoked Skull Sour 

Smokehead whiskey and cocktail
Courtesy photo

2 oz Smokehead Original Scotch Whisky
3⁄4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3 dashes Vegan Egg White
1⁄2 oz Demerara Syrup
Ruby Port Float

Shake and double strain into a chilled rocks glass. Float Ruby port on top with a bar spoon.

Harvest Moon Martini

Photo courtesy Gray Whale Gin

A fun fall twist on a classic gin martini. The umami and citrus notes of Gray Whale Gin work in concert with the oloroso sherry and balance together with the blanc vermouth. A must have for martini lovers.

· Ingredients:

o 2 parts Gray Whale Gin

o 0.5 part Oloroso sherry

o 0.5 part Blanc vermouth

· Instructions:

Stir all ingredients well over ice and strain into coupe. Garnish with olive and lemon twist.

Noche Negra

Cantera Negra Cafe tequila bottle
Photo courtesy Cantera Negra Cafe Tequila

Let the Noche Negra take you to a world of sophisticated indulgence. The carefully balanced flavors of rich espresso and Cantera Negra Café Liqueur creates a cocktail that is both bold and satisfying.

· Ingredients:

o 1 part Cantera Negra Silver Tequila

o 1 part Espresso (or cold brew concentrate)

o .75 part Cantera Negra Café Coffee Liqueur

o .25 part Simple syrup

· Instructions:

o Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

The Zombie

orage cocktail next to Bacardi Halloween bottle
Photo courtesy Bacardi

1 Oz BACARDÍ Superior Rum
¾ Oz BACARDÍ Black Rum
½ Oz Triple Sec
1 Oz Orange Juice
½ Oz Lime Juice
½ Oz Simple Syrup
¼ Oz Grenadine


Method: Pour ingredients into shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon Bacardi cocktail

1 ½ Oz BACARDÍ Superior
½ Oz Monin Blood Orange Syrup
½ Oz Lime Juice
2 Oz Ginger Beer
Blood Orange Slice
Amarena Cherry


Method: Combine BACARDÍ Superior, blood orange syrup and lime juice. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a blood orange slice and cherry.


Pumkin Smash

orange cocktail with bottle of Santa Theresa

2 Oz Santa Teresa 1796

1 Oz Pumkin Puree

1/2 Oz Cinnamon Syrup

1/2 Oz Lemon Juice




Method: Add all ingredients into mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into Collins glass, top with soda water or apple cider. Garnish with dehydrated apple slice and sugar rim.

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