We firmly believe that there is no wrong way to celebrate Halloween! Whether you’re out on the town, dressed up at a house party, giving out candy, or watching scary movies at home, it’s impossible to not get swept up in the spooky spirit! With that being said, these cocktails for spooky season are perfect for sipping on at any Halloween gathering. Not an alcohol drinker? No problem, all the recipes are delicious as mocktails too!
Boozy Butterbeer Punch
First and foremost, this is arguably one of the coziest drinks on the roster. A spin on a classic—Harry Potter’s Butterbeer recipe—this cocktail is perfect for anyone looking to have a wholesome night at home. So pop in your favourite Harry Potter movie and snuggle up on the couch… because these drinks will leave you wanting more.
For this recipe, you will need six cans of cream soda, three cans of seltzer, and three and a half cups of vanilla vodka. Combine the ingredients and pour them into a large clear punch bowl. Mix two cups of heavy cream, two cups of packed brown sugar, one tsp of pure vanilla extract, and two tbsp of melted butter for the whipped cream topping. Whisk until ready and spoon over the punch. Top with gold sanding sugar for garnish. When ready to serve, use butterscotch syrup to garnish the cups.
Vodka Cranberry Syringes
While this classic may not need too much of an explanation, its spooky presentation and simple flavour profile are sure to be a success at any party! Simply mix one oz of vodka, four and a half oz of cranberry juice, one dash of lime juice and another dash of orange juice. Mix these in a shaker and fill your syringes. Repeat the recipe until all the syringes are full! These can be easily adjusted to your desired alcohol content and are also delicious as mocktails. The vodka cranberry mix can also be substituted for a bloody mary recipe.
Apple Cider Mimosa
At the end of the day… No flavours represent fall better than the crisp and comforting taste of apple cider! With that being said, this recipe is a great way to elevate the flavour and add a bit of spice to any classy autumn brunch. Begin by coating the rims of your champagne flutes with gold sparkles or apple crumble crumbs. For the drink itself, you will need one cup of apple cider, half a cup of champagne and apple slices for the garnish. This recipe makes two servings, but we have a feeling you’ll want to share the wealth and make a few batches for your closest friends.
Spooky Jello Shots
This party staple has so much room for improvisation and can also be made without any alcohol, as a fun snack alternative! For this recipe, you will need three oz of blue jello mix, a cup of boiling water, half a cup of cold water and half a cup of vodka for the bottom layer. Repeat this for the top layer, while substituting the blue jello for the grape jello mix. Top the jello shots with black sanding sugar for some extra flare! Having a serving table with a few jello shot options is also a fun way to cater to everyone’s tastes.
Apple Pie Sangria
While sangria is typically a fruity staple in the summer, the recipe can be transformed into a cozy, comforting explosion of fall flavours! For this big-batch recipe, you will need two bottles of white wine, five cups of fresh apple cider, one cup of caramel vodka, four chopped honey crisp apples, two chopped pears, two cinnamon sticks and two cups of ginger ale. Combine all these ingredients and let them sit for about two-three hours in the fridge before serving. The cinnamon sticks only need to be added an hour before serving, and while the ginger ale is used to cut the sweetness, you can add it just before serving to preserve the bubbles.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
This drink is an elegant twist on a true classic—and will be a major crowd-pleaser with anyone that loves a pumpkin spice latte! This drink calls for one oz of coffee liqueur, one oz of vodka, half a tsp of pumpkin pie spice, two oz of heavy cream, and cinnamon sticks for garnish. Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a bit of ice, and serve! You can also dip the rim of your serving glasses in cinnamon for a little extra flavour.
By: Briahna McTigue