Cocktails for Halloween and Fall



Welcome to fall. The leaves have finally begun their annual descent, the air gets colder every day, and fresh autumn produce like apples, pumpkins and pears are aplenty. Whether you’re getting everyone together to celebrate Halloween or just have a fun night of drinking, these are 6 cocktails to make at your next October party.

Smashing Pumpkin

Make the most of autumn squash with this tasty rum drink. Don’t let the homemade lemon-pumpkin soda scare you away. It’s surprisingly easy to make and absolutely delicious when mixed with rum and allspice liqueur.

Ingredients in The Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail  

1 1⁄2 oz Pyrat Rum

1⁄2 oz Allspice liqueur

3 oz Lemon-Pumpkin Soda*

Garnish:1 Bay leaf

Glass: Collins

How to make The Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

Add the rum and allspice liqueur to a Collins glass filled with ice.

Top with the Lemon-Pumpkin Soda and garnish with a bay leaf.

Homemade lemon-pumpkin soda is easy to prepare in just a few minutes and lends the Smashing Pumpkin fresh fall flavor. A base of aged rum and allspice liqueur add warming contrast, making this the perfect way to incorporate the season’s favorite squash in your cocktails.


12 oz Pumpkin puree (use canned, or roast seeded pumpkin at 350° for 45 minutes and puree in a food processor)

4 oz Lemon juice

2 oz Water

PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a soda siphon and charge with 1 CO2 cartridge.

Jack-o-Lantern Punch

This potently spooky punch is perfect for every Halloween party. Rum is balanced out with apple juice and a dash of lemon juice, with club soda adding lift and cutting the sweetness. Cloves and nutmeg bring their classic fall flavors, and an apple, cinnamon and pumpkin seed garnish ties it all together.

Mix up a whole bunch of this fall-flavored punch for your Halloween party.

Ingredients in The Jack-o-Lantern Punch Cocktail  

4  Sugar cubes

2  Whole cloves

3 oz Club soda, divided

2 oz Flor de Caña 7-Year-Old Grand Reserve Rum

pinch fresh-ground nutmeg

1 oz Lemon juice

2 oz Apple juice

Garnish 1 Apple slices, cinnamon sticks and pumpkin seeds

Glass: Punch

How to make The Jack-o-Lantern Punch Cocktail

In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cubes, cloves and 1 ounce of the soda until the sugar dissolves.

Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.

Stir, and strain into a punch cup.

Top with the remaining 2 ounces of club soda and garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and pumpkin seeds.

(You can also multiply this recipe, stir and strain into a punch bowl. Top each individual portion with club soda when serving).

Corpse Reviver No. 2

This spooky cocktail is perfect for Halloween shindigs, but feel free to sip it the entire month leading up to the holiday. Shake together gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and fresh lemon juice, then strain into an absinthe-rinsed glass. It doesn’t have to be Halloween to enjoy this cocktail.

Ingredients in The Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail  

Absinthe, to rinse

3⁄4 oz Gin

3⁄4 oz Cointreau

3⁄4 oz Lillet Blanc

3⁄4 oz Fresh lemon juice

Glass: Coupe or Martini

How to make The Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail

Rinse a chilled coupe or Martini glass with absinthe and set aside.

Add the remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.

Strain into the prepared glass.

Tootsie Roll

Let the kids have their candy. This cocktail is way better and just as chocolatey. Whiskey and sherry are a bracing combination that’s given a sweet and bitter kick from Scrappy’s chocolate bitters. A maraschino c herry This inspired chocolaty libation is for adults only.

Ingredients in The Tootsie Roll Cocktail  

Bulleit Rye Whiskey – 2 oz

Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry – 1 oz

Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters – 6 dashes

Garnish:1 Luxardo maraschino cherry

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.

Stir until ice-cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.

Autumn Apple

Get the flavor of apple picking without all the work in this cocktail. Equal parts apple cider and dry gin say autumn all on their own, but the combination is brought to a new level when it’s mixed with honey syrup, cinnamon and bitters. IAutumn’s favorite flavor takes center stage in this festive glass of apple cider, gin, honey syrup and cinnamon.

Ingredients in The Autumn Apple Cocktail 

2 oz Bluecoat American dry gin

2 oz Apple cider

1⁄2 oz Fresh lemon juice

1⁄2 oz Honey syrup*

1 pinch Cinnamon

1 dash Bitters

Garnish: Lemon twist

How to make The Autumn Apple Cocktail

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

Double-strain into a coupe glass.

Express the oil from a lemon twist and garnish with the twist.

Honey Syrup

1 cup Honey

1 cup Water

Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature and transfer to a clean glass jar. Cover and keep refrigerated.

Heated Affair

Tequila and cider might not be the first combination that springs to mind when you’re dreaming of fall cocktails, but this medley definitely works. Simmer apple juice with warm spices like cloves and cinnamon, then stir in a dash of añejo tequila just before serving, and top with a float of heavy cream.

About The Heated Affair Cocktail

This hot tequila-and-cider concoction will warm you head to toe.

Warm up some more by making this Crock-Pot chicken recipe.

Ingredients in The Heated Affair Cocktail

2 oz Partida Añejo Tequila

6 oz Hot Spiced Apple Cider*

Heavy cream

Garnish:1 Nutmeg  Cinnamon stick

Glass: Irish Coffee

How to make The Heated Affair Cocktail

Add the tequila and cider to a pre-warmed Irish Coffee glass.

Float a little heavy cream on top and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

*Hot Spiced Apple Cider – Heat organic apple juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Add winter spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and orange peel as desired. Cook for about 15 minutes and strain before using.

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October 12, 2018 |

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