15 Cocktails for Your Halloween Party

Because you'll need something stiff to wash down all that candy

Forget the costume—what's truly essential on Halloween is a properly named drink. And don't worry, we've got plenty of Halloween-themed drinks to get you through the spookiest night of the year. If you like mezcal, try our Los Angelitos punch, an easy-sipping take on a spicy strawberry margarita. Or if you are more of a rum person, go for the Zombie cocktail. We've even got a fruity bourbon idea, if that's more your speed. So skip the candy, and have a cocktail this Halloween.

Time Warp

Time Warp
Dark and ominous, but inviting with a smoky aroma, this Scotch-based drink by George Washington Bar bartender Tom Lasher-Walker captures the mysterious spirit of All Hallow's Eve in Scotland. The name, however, is a cheeky reference to the most popular song of the 1975 hit musical Rocky Horror Picture Show. If preparing the drink for a large party, scale up, batch the ingredients in advance, and assemble each drink to order by ladling individual servings into a glasses over fresh ice. Get the recipe for Time Warp »Samuel Kim

The Rule of Threes

The Rule of Threes
Nodding to the Halloween episode of the popular sitcom 30 Rock, this cognac-and-sherry cocktail offers a subtle pumpkin flavor spice flavor with the use of a tea-infused simple syrup. Adapted from bartender Alex Jump of Denver's Death & Co. bar, it's the perfect autumn punch to please both pumpkin spice lovers and the rest of us alike. Get the recipe for The Rule of Threes »Samuel Kim

Los Angelitos Punch

Los Angelitos Punch
Adapted from a recipe from bartender Tom Lasher-Walker of New York's George Washington Bar, this easy-sipping take on a spicy strawberry margarita fuses the smoke of mezcal with the peppery green notes of Ancho Reyes green chile liqueur. Drawing its Halloween-friendly, blood-red color from a splash of raspberry liqueur, the drink can be scaled up depending on how many servings you need. The name is a reference to Mexico's Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels"), the day the souls of departed children return home to spend time with their loved ones. Get the recipe for Los Angelitos Punch »Samuel Kim

Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2
Popularized by the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, this classic cocktail is part of a succession of "Corpse Revivers" originally devised as a hangover cure. An ice-cold nip of this elixir is refreshing, astringent, and strong enough to perk up the senses. Get the recipe for Corpse Reviver No. 2 »Helen Rosner

The Zombie cocktail

Zombie
Donn Beach, the founding father of tiki bars and restaurants, set a limit of two per customer for this potent drink made with three kinds of rum, citrus, and spice. Get the recipe for The Zombie cocktail »Todd Coleman

Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand
Scotch, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and orange juice create a smoky-sweet effect, equally good topped with extra juice and served for brunch. Get the recipe for Blood and Sand »Maxime Iattoni

The Swedish Vampire

The Swedish Vampire
Aquavit combined with fresh citrus, tomato juice, Tabasco, and brisk Perrier Lemon makes a fruity-fresh, bloody good concoction. Get the recipe for The Swedish Vampire »Anna Stockwell

El Diablo de la Puebla

El Diablo de la Puebla
For a refined and not-too-sweet twist on a classic margarita, shake up tequila with ginger syrup and lime juice, then finish with a splash of crème de cassis for a layered effect. Get the recipe for El Diablo de la Puebla »Helen Rosner

The Kentucky Devil

The Kentucky Devil
Sweet watermelon juice tempers spicy adobo sauce and tart lemon juice in a bright, summery bourbon cocktail. Get the recipe for The Kentucky Devil »Laura Sant

Devil's Garden

Devil's Garden
At first sip, lime juice and fresh mint refresh the taste buds, but soon the smoky and spicy undertones of chipotle-infused mezcal creep over the palate. A touch of Cynar, an unusual liqueur made from artichokes, adds a veil of mystery. Get the recipe for Devil's Garden »MacKenzie Smith

The Killer B

The Killer B
A play on the classic cocktail The Bee's Knees, The Killer B is a spicy elixir of gin, lemon juice, and a simple syrup infused with Thai bird chiles and white peppercorns. Get the recipe for The Killer B »Helen Rosner

Bloody Martini

Bloody Martini
Puréed tomatoes, pepper-flavored vodka, and a pimento-stuffed green olive make the perfect hybrid of two bar staples, the Bloody Mary and classic martini. Get the recipe for Bloody Martini »Michael Kraus

Original Bloody Mary

Original Bloody Mary
A combination of vodka, tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire, and fresh ground spices is simple, classic, and always delicious. Get the recipe for Original Bloody Mary »Michael Kraus

Green Monster

Green Monster
For a vibrant drink that's excellent with spicy foods, try floral, tropical passion fruit juice paired with white rum and cool mint. Get the recipe for Green Monster »Todd Coleman

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood
The bright fruit flavors of red currant meld with the intricate flavor of Root, a root beer-inspired spirit with notes of birch, dusky spice, bright herbs, and vanilla, to create the drinkable version of a walk in the woods. Get the recipe for Red Riding Hood »Maxime Iattoni