Around this time of year, when one catches that first whiff of pumpkin spice and the nights grow longer and colder, thoughts turn to Halloween party planning. And whether it’s for an intimate scary-movie night or a monster bash, terrifying tipples will play a starring role. But for those seeking spooky sips that aren’t the candy-inspired kind, peruse this list of cocktails with hauntingly Halloween-appropriate names and seasonal flavors.
A bittersweet Halloween cocktail based on the classic Americano recipe.
When you can’t decide between an after-dinner coffee or an amaro, this nightcap offers the best of both worlds.
For an eerie (or fun) take on the classic Corpse Reviver #2, simply add blue curaçao.
The once-forgotten Fallen Angel cocktail from The Savoy Cocktail Book pairs gin, lime, and crème de menthe together in great harmony.
In this Bijou cocktail riff, mezcal and tequila step in for gin, while crème de cacao and génépy add layers of sweetness to the mix.
A somewhat tropical take on the classic pumpkin spice flavor combo.
For Lady Jane in Denver, Memento Mori translates to a cognac and bourbon sour with dark fruit and chocolate notes.
In this raicilla cocktail, the agave spirit brings a rich depth to an otherwise pomegranate-forward mix.
Bell peppers lend a savory character to this low-proof highball.
In this refreshing vodka cocktail from Halloween pop-up Black Lagoon, banana liqueur and sherry round out the flavors while just a bit of salinity amps them up.
The classic Zombie gets an earthy update thanks to the addition of tequila and mezcal.
A hibiscus cordial and fresh lime juice brighten up this delicious rye whiskey cocktail from Scotch Lodge in Portland, Oregon.
Coffee and chocolate liqueurs play off the richness of bourbon and allspice dram.
Bolstered by mezcal, Aperol, and the soft, tropical spices of falernum, this equal-parts cocktail couldn’t be easier to assemble—or enjoy.
This potent cocktail blends a bold base of scotch and Cognac with amaro, Campari, and Bénédictine, as inspired by a grandfather’s liquor cabinet.
The Espresso Martini riff that coffee lovers have been craving with its layers of coffee ingredients.