14 Halloween Cocktails That Are Freakishly Delicious
Celebrate Halloween with one of these BOO-zy cocktails. These cocktails feature classic fall flavors like apple and pumpkin and use warming spices to create a delicious drink. Whether it's our Witches' Brew Skinny Margarita or our Slow-Cooker Hot Cider with Brandy, these drinks are flavorful, festive and pair well with a piece of candy (or two!).
Witches' Brew Skinny Margarita
This striking red and black margarita is the perfect Halloween party cocktail. Hibiscus tea and pomegranate tea give the citrusy cocktail its red color, and rimming the glass with black lava salt makes it just a little creepy. Use regular kosher salt in place of the black lava salt (or skip the salt altogether) for a cocktail that works any time of year. We love the tartness of this margarita, but feel free to add a little agave nectar if you prefer a sweeter cocktail.
Slow-Cooker Hot Cider with Brandy
Brew up a batch of warm apple cider with ease in this no-sugar-added drink recipe. The hot toddy stays warm and party-ready in your crock pot all night long. And in the spirit of Halloween, don't be afraid to add some peeled grapes as "eyeballs."
Magical Color-Changing Margaritas
Pour homemade margarita mix over ice cubes made from blue pea flower tea and watch your cocktail change colors before your eyes without any artificial food dye. It's sure to be your new favorite party trick. Blue pea flower tea (also called butterfly pea tea) is an herbal tea from Southeast Asia that changes from blue to purple when mixed with an acidic ingredient (like the lime juice in this margarita recipe).
Red-Wine Hot Chocolate
If you love red wine and you love chocolate, you'll love this rich, full-flavored red-wine hot chocolate. It's two of your favorite things together in one warm, cozy mug. And for a Halloween treat, top it off with whipped cream and a smattering of orange and black sprinkles.
Spiced Hot Cider
For a nonalcoholic version, omit the applejack and schnapps and add 2 tablespoons cinnamon-flavored syrup, such as Torani brand.
This blood-red punch is perfect for your Halloween party, since it's absolutely delicious and can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.
Tangerine Bourbon Sidecars
A fresh twist on a classic cocktail, this quick drink recipe uses sweet tangerine juice to balance the tang of bourbon. For a festive Halloween look, dip the rim in honey and black sprinkles.
Plum & Cider Sangria
In this apple cider sangria recipe, we've skipped the added sugar and used hard apple cider, apple liqueur and tons of fresh fruit to create a delicious, yet healthy cocktail. To make it Halloween-ready, top the pitcher off with spider-shaped gummies.
Hot Cider with Apple Brandy & Spices
A natural, cloudy apple cider makes for a Halloween cocktail that is exotically spicy and aromatic. For a kid-friendly version, omit the Calvados and add more cider.
This refreshing sangria, infused with fall flavors of apples, cider and cinnamon, provides warming cheer for a chilly Halloween night.
Pumpkin-Spice Hot Toddy
Flavored decaf tea adds a seasonal twist to a traditional hot toddy recipe. You can use any flavor of tea for this easy cocktail, but we love the comforting notes of pumpkin-spice in the fall and winter. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2020
Pureed ripe pears naturally sweeten the fruity base for this healthy rum punch recipe. For garnish, cut very thin, whole slices from small pears and lay them on top. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015
Mulled Apple-Cranberry Cider
Orange zest and cinnamon infuse this warm apple-cranberry drink with lots of holiday flavor. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999
While regular hot cocoa is lovely and warming, sometimes something a bit more spirited is in order. Some other tasty additions to hot chocolate: bourbon, creme de menthe, Galliano, creme de cassis, Chambord. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999