Spooky Halloween Cocktails
Food and Drink

Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is here and now is the time to get ready for the witches, ghosts, and goblins that will be descending upon your house.  Help ward off any evil by consuming these creepy, bone-chilling cocktails.

The Poisoned Apple

Courtesy of Tanduay Rum; image PlanetX


2 ounces Tanduay Gold Rum

4 ounces apple cider

2 ounces pomegranate juice

1/2 ounce lemon juice

pinch of luster dust

Add rum, apple cider, pomegranate juice, lemon juice and a pinch of luster dust to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a rocks glass.

Bloody Maria Shots

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6 ounces Blanco Tequila

1 5.5-ounce can tomato juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

8 dashes Worcestershire sauce

8 dashes Tabasco sauce

1/2 teaspoon horseradish cream

pinch smoked salt

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker and shake it all up. Place the tip of each shot syringe into the concoction, drawing it up into the tube by pulling on the plunger. Leave the syringes at room temperature for the full “blood” effect. Or pre-chill the tomato juice and tequila, if you want your serum chilly. Then display the syringes jabbed into a bowl of crushed ice.

Black Widow Smash

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2 ounces Tanduay Silver Rum

8 fresh blackberries

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce honey

dash of bitters

1 teaspoon rosemary

sparkling water

rosemary sprigs to garnish

Add blackberries, rosemary, lemon juice and honey to a cocktail shaker and muddle ingredients. Add the rum and bitters. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Top with sparkling water and gently stir. Garnish with blackberry and fresh rosemary.

Satan’s Whiskers

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1 ounce gin

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

1/2 ounce dry vermouth

1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier for a more robust, cognac-based flavor or orange curaçao for something a bit drier)

1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 dash orange bitters

In a cocktail shaker filled about half full of ice, add all the ingredients and shake like you’re trying to rid your arm of spiders. Strain into a cocktail glass. No garnish needed, but we like to add a blood-red cherry, preferably on a pointed, wooden toothpick.

Witches Brew

Courtesy of Stella Rosa Wines, stellarosawines.com


4 ounces Stella Rosa® Black

1 ounce tequila

1/4 cup strawberries, sliced

Mint sprigs

Strawberry slice (for garnish)

Orange Brew Glitter

Lime juice

In a shaker, add tequila, strawberry slices, and mint. Muddle until berries are smooth. Set aside. Rim a skull glass with lime juice and coat evenly in orange Brew Glitter. Add ice and then strain mixture into glass. Top off with Stella Rosa® Black. Garnish with a mint sprig and a strawberry slice.

Tanduay Zombie

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1 ounce Tanduay Silver Rum

1 ½ ounces violet liqueur

1/2 ounce heavy cream

Luster dust

Rim a martini glass with luster dust. Add rum, violet liqueur and heavy cream to a shaker with ice. Shakr and strain into martini glass.

Witches Blood

Adapted from sprinklesandsprouts.com; Image: depositphotos.com - belchonock


Serves: 14


1/2 cup cherry schnapps

1/2 cup vodka

1 cup whiskey

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

4 cups cherry soda

This takes a little finesse. In a bowl or pitcher, stir together the schnapps, vodka, whisky and lemon juice. Drop in a cup or two of ice cubes and stir to chill. Strain into your serving pitcher or punch bowl. Tip the pitcher slightly and gently pour the cold soda down the side to stifle as much bubbling as possible. If you want the cocktail or punch flatter, leave in the cubes as you pour. Stir gently until combined. Pour into glasses or let guests serve themselves.