4 Halloween Cocktails

4 Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is upon us once again, and soon so will all the parties that go with it. Once all the kids have crashed from their sugar high, the grownups can start the real party. Those of you without little ones can get the ball rolling a little earlier. You have the costume, the music, and all the awesome decorations to turn your home into a haunted mansion or asylum. Now all you need are the drinks to get the night going. Don't settle for a keg or regular shots. Take things up a notch with cocktails, and other Halloween themed spirits. Get it? Spirits. Never mind. Enjoy the alcohol.

Jell-O Horror

What party is complete without Jell-O shots? Well, plenty of the non-college variety to be honest, but for Halloween, there is something special you can do. Mix up your choice of Jell-O shots, and then find those special modes. There are several scary and gross Jell-O mods out there – brains, spiders, bats, etc. They’re easy to make and will be a hit.


This is a good drink, but it’s also a bit labor intensive, depending on the recipe and how fancy you want to go with it. The one below is one of the easier versions (10 minutes), but some recipes out there give the prep time for a round of vampiros at about an hour. Keep that in mind.


  • 1 oz of tequila
  • 1/2 cup of ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup of tomato juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup or orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of grapefruit juice
  • 1 wedge of fresh pink grapefruit
  • 1 wedge of fresh orange


Add the ice and the tequila. Next, add the sriracha to the tomato juice, and stir. Pour in the tomato/sriracha, then the orange juice, followed by the grapefruit juice. This is a layered cocktail, so layer it up the way you want.

Garnish it with a grapefruit wedge and an orange wedge.

Mad Scientist Shots

This one is about as easy as the Vampiro isn’t. Buy a bunch of non-hypodermic syringes, and fill them with booze. Clear is the best choice since you can add neon food coloring and use a black light for B-Movie level special effects. Remember to warn people if you are using pure, Hillbilly grade moonshine. Or not.

The Zombie

This is one of those cocktails you make because of its namesake matching the season. It’s not exactly that great of a drink, but like a Kardashian, it's famous anyway. These have been around since the 1930's, so it can't be all bad. Can it?


  • 1/2 oz. white rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. golden rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. 151-proof rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. papaya juice
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar


Stir together the dark rum, the superfine sugar, and the lime, pineapple, and papaya juices in a 14 oz. glass about three-quarters full of crushed ice.

Float the white rum as by pouring it into a spoon and gently dipping it under the surface of the drink. 

Garnish with mint and/or fruit. NOTE: Stick a match or lighter to it, if you want a flaming zombie.