Do you need an excuse to drink more cocktails? Of course you do — and Halloween is here for you. We have already brought you one pumpkin cocktail this season, but there are still countless Halloween drink ideas to explore as we creep ever closer to All Hallows' Eve. Some have creepy garnishes, some have fall flavors, and all of them are spooky scary (and scary good).
If you were thinking of going for something traditional, you might make "lamb's wool," which is basically slightly alcoholic apple cider that sometimes has milk added to it. But since we are all about breaking traditions here, I have included recipes that run the ghostly gamut from tequila, to pumpkin beer, to pineapple. (Yes, really.) All of them are festive, and all of them are delicious. That means there is no excuse for you not to celebrate this year in boozy fashion.
Whether you are spending Halloween with an elaborately painted face and a whole crew of fellow werewolves, or you are simply having a drink and hoarding all the candy for yourself, I have got you covered with these festive ideas. Make one, or try them all. You are going to have a good time.
1. Poison Apple Cocktail
Make your Halloween night dangerously good with this sweet, tart whiskey and apple drink. The Little Epicurean has the perfect recipe.
2. El Diablo
Having a Halloween party? This tequila punch by The Kitchn is perfect for a crowd of guys and ghouls.
3. Blood Orange Margarita
Blood orange juice makes this margarita from 1800 Tequila perfect for the season, but the cocktail has another secret: a spicy chili garnish.
4. Halloween Cocktail Rims + Ghost Busted Cocktail
You can use this black sugar rim to give any drink a spooky Halloween spin, but it looks especially good with adorable ghostly marshmallows. Jelly Toast shows you how.
5. Three Musketeers Poptail
Make yourself a treat inspired by your favorite Halloween candy, and have a cocktail at the same time. This recipe by Endless Simmer is a win-win!
6. The Purpl-O-Sa
Look mysterious and witch-like while sipping on this foggy, bubbly drink from Climbing Grier Mountain.
7. Pumpkin & Spice
You can’t escape pumpkins on Halloween, so here’s how to make them into a pretty drink that’s anything but basic. Check out the recipe from New Amsterdam.
8. Apple Snap Cocktail
Maybe not a strictly Halloween cocktail, but the combination of apples and gingersnaps in this drink by Joy the Baker is still scary good.
9. Cranberry Liqueur
Any drink can have a creepy Halloween hue with the addition of this homemade cranberry liqueur. Learn how from The Kitchn.
10. The Bloodhound
Have you ever had mulberry gin before? Probably not, which means that this is the perfect opportunity to try out this extra boozy cocktail from Boodles Gin.
11. Pumpkin Pineapple Cocktail
Put your pumpkin in disguise by pairing it up with the unexpected taste of pineapple. Get this recipe from Cookie and Kate.
For more Halloween ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: The Little Epicurean; The Kitchn; 1800 Tequila; Jelly Toast; Endless Simmer; Climbing Grier Mountain; New Amsterdam; Joy the Baker; The Kitchn; Boodles Gin; Cookie and Kate