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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Zombie cocktail

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »