Words: Tony Sachs, Vinepair Editor
Illustration: Danielle Grinberg

We all have our Halloween vibe of choice, from spooky to scary to sexy, and all points in between. This Halloween, why not embrace that vibe in cocktail form?  These libations all have a seasonal twist and a specific theme, but they’ll taste as good in April as they do in October.

Who doesn’t love a day of the year that not only permits gorging on candy but encourages it? You can enjoy this Whiskey Sour Gummy while also indulging your sweet tooth – or in this case, perhaps it’s your sweet and sour tooth?

 

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
0.75 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Egg White (Optional)
Sour Gummy Garnish

 

Instructions

Combine bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (optional) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds until blended and cold. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with sour gummies, either on a toothpick or floating free in the glass. Serves 1.

 

Jack-o-lanterns, skeletons and a horror movie or two are all required fixtures of a Halloween party, but to really up your hosting cred, you need a cocktail that looks spooky and tastes delicious. That’s where this terrifyingly tasty tequila drink, the Black Margarita, comes in.

 

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Orange Liqueur
0.5 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
6-8 Blackberries
Red, Blue and Green Food Coloring (Optional)
Lime Wheel Garnish (Optional)

 

Instructions

Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker, then add tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, along with plenty of ice. If you want to make it darker still, add several drops of the red, green and blue food coloring. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds until blended and cold. Strain into a margarita glass. Float the lime wheel to garnish. Serves 1.

 

We all have our spooky side, and what better time of year to run wild with it? So lean into those vampire vibes with a Vampire's Blood & Sand Cocktail that’s delicious any day of the year, but especially on Halloween. Its delightfully red color makes it the ultimate drink for Draculas-in-training. 

 

Ingredients

0.75 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
0.75 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.75 oz. Cherry Brandy
0.75 oz. Orange Juice, Preferably Fresh-Squeezed
Orange Peel Twist Garnish
Plastic Spider Garnish

 

Instructions

Combine whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds until blended and cold and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist and plastic spiders. Serves 1.

 

Whether you’re donning a catsuit or chaps or dressed as a sultry nurse, some of us just want to look hot on All Hallow’s Eve. This decidedly adult Smoking Hot Whiskey Mule will complement that sexy look – and it tastes as good as it looks.

 

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Fine Deluxe Blended Canadian Whisky
0.75 oz. Apple Juice or Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)
3-4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
1 Cinnamon Stick
Apple Slice Garnish

 

Instructions

Light the cinnamon stick so it starts smoking and set aside on a heat-proof surface. Place a large rocks glass over the stick and allow to infuse for 3 minutes. Once finished, turn the glass over and add a single large ice cube. Add the whisky and apple juice/cider and top off with ginger beer/ale. Garnish with apple slice(s) and place the cinnamon stick on the rim or in the glass with the smoking end sticking out. Serves 1.

Whether you’re donning a catsuit or chaps or dressed as a sultry nurse, some of us just want to look hot on All Hallow’s Eve. This decidedly adult Smoking Hot Whiskey Mule will complement that sexy look – and it tastes as good as it looks.

 

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Tanqueray London Dry Gin or Ketel One Vodka
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth for Gin or 0.25 oz. for Vodka
Dash Orange Bitters (for gin, optional)
Lemon Peel Twist Garnish or Olive Garnish

 

Instructions

Chill a martini glass in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Combine gin or vodka, vermouth and orange bitters (optional) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well for about a minute until the mixture is diluted and cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twist or olives. Serves 1.

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