Halloween Cocktails

It’s nearly Halloween, so beware as something is stirring……or is it shaking? Whichever it is celebrate this spooky event with a terrifyingly good cocktail. Just don't have too many otherwise you may wake up with the hangover from hell.

These creepy cocktails are perfect for a party, but if you’re brave enough you can try them home alone.

The Witches Heart

Time: 5 mins
Makes: 1 Drink
Website: theflavorbender.com


  • 1 jigger apple brandy or apple vodka chilled
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • Blackberry shimmery liqueur
  • Shaker
  • Powdered dry ice (optional)
  • Martini glass to serve


  • Add about 1/2 - 1 tsp of powdered dry ice to the bottom of the glass (optional). 
  • Place the apple brandy and purple shimmery liqueur in a shaker. Add 1 ice cube and shake for a few seconds to chill the drink. Strain the drink into a martini glass. Top up with more purple shimmery liqueur if necessary. 
  • Pour 1 tsp of grenadine syrup, about an inch from the surface of the drink - the grenadine should sink to the bottom, creating a "bleeding" effect. 
  • Add about 1/2 tsp of powdered dry ice on top and serve with a stirrer, so that your guests can stir the "potion" to create that shimmery, smoky effect.

The Phoenix Cocktail

Time: 3 Hours 15 Mins
Makes: 1+ Drink
Website: the flavorbender.com


Lemon Elderflower Syrup

  • ½ cup strained lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup elderflower syrup cordial
  • ¼ cup vodka

Colour Changing Shimmery Gin

  • 5 - 6 dried butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 ½ cups of gin
  • ¼ tsp white luster dust edible or food-grade luster dust

Phoenix Cocktail

  • 2.2 fl oz (1 1/2 jiggers) butterfly pea infused, color changing gin chilled in the freezer
  • 2 fl oz (1 1/4 jiggers) lemon and elderflower syrup chilled
  • 2 ½ tsp rum 151 (optional)
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 small ice cube or some crushed ice


Lemon Elderflower Syrup (Makes just over 1 cup, more than enough for several cocktails)

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a jar. Shake or stir to combine. Chill the syrup until needed.

Butterfly pea infused colour changing gin (Makes more than enough for several cocktails)

  1. Place the butterfly pea flowers and gin in a jar. Close the lid and let the flowers infuse the alcohol for a few hours (3 hours to overnight), until the gin turns a deep blue.
  2. Strain the gin to remove the flowers. Discard the flowers and pour the gin into a glass bottle. Add the white luster dust and shake it to make a shimmery spirit. Place the gin in the freezer to chill.

Phoenix Cocktail

  1. Place the ice cube in a heat resistant 4 oz glass (like a rock glass or small tumbler) - this step is optional, and serves to keep the drink nice and cold.
  2. Shake the color changing gin to mix in the luster dust that may have settled to the bottom. Pour 2 oz of the gin into the glass.
  3. Using the back of a spoon, carefully layer the rum 151 over the gin. Using a long nose firelighter or long match stick, light up the rum 151 layer.
  4. Serve the drink with the lemon and elderflower syrup on the side. Pour the syrup into the drink to change the color of the drink from blue to purple. Sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon over the flame to create sparks (optional).
  5. Smother the fire by placing a saucer / small dish over the glass for a few seconds. Stir and serve the drink. Enjoy!

Witch’s Brew Martini

Time: 10 Mins
Makes: 2 Drinks
Website: anns-lieefoodphotography.com 


  • 4 ounces white vodka
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao
  • Stemmed maraschino cherry
  • 2-3 dry ice pellets
  • Lemon quarter or simple syrup (to rim glasses)
  • Sprinkles used for cake decorating


  1. Mix vodka and sweet vermouth in a glass cocktail pitcher.  Note that the color is amber.  Add the Blue Curaçao and the color turns light green.  Add the dry ice pellets as close to serving time as possible. Do not add regular ice with dry ice pellets.
  2. Garnish cocktail glass,  Spread a layer of color sprinkles (such as green) on a plate.  Line the rim of the glass with a lemon quarter or dip the glass in simple syrup.  Dip the glass into layer of sprinkles.  You may have to roll the edge of the glass into the sprinkles.  Add a cherry to the glass.  
  3. Serve your guests by pouring a brew right before their eyes!  Notice that the color of the martini, once the dry ice has been added, turns a very, very dark green--almost black!

Washington Appletini

Time: 5 Mins
Makes: 2 Drinks
Website: jennifermeyering.com


  • 2 oz Crown Royal whiskey
  • 1 oz sour apple pucker
  • 3 oz cran-apple juice


  1. Add crushed ice to 2 martini glasses and to a cocktail shaker.
  2. In the cocktail shaker, add whiskey, sour apple pucker, and cran-apple juice. Shake to combine.
  3. Pour out ice from martini glasses and strain cocktail into martini glasses. Garnish with apple slice, if desired.


Spooky Black & White Russian

Time: 10 Mins
Makes: 1 Drink
Website: homemadebanana.com 


  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 1 activated charcoal pill (don’t worry it’s tasteless)


  1. Fill glass with ice. Add Kahlua, vodka and charcoal (just pop open the pill and tip the powder in) and stir.
  2. Top with heavy cream. Pro tip: to get the swirled, layered look, slowly pour the cream down the back of a spoon.

And not every cocktail has to be alcoholic…

Witches Potion Punch

Time: 10 mins
Makes: 1 Drink
Website: glitterandbubbles.com 

For the purple potion

  • 1 Bag Frozen Blackberries
  • 2 Cups Pomegranate Juice
  • Raspberries
  • 4 Cups Sparkling Water
  • 1 Cup Water

For the green potion

  • 1 Cup Lime Sherbet
  • 2 Cups Sprite
  • 1 Cup Apple Juice
  • 2 Drops Green Gel Food Coloring


  1. For the red potion, combine 1 cup frozen blackberries, 2 cups pomegranate juice, ½ cup raspberries and 4 cups sparkling water in a blender and pulse. Pour and serve!
  2. For the green potion, combine 1 cup green lime sherbet, 2 cups Sprite, 1 cup apple juice and two drops of green gel food coloring in a blender and pulse. Pour into champagne glasses and scoop the “froth” to place it on top. Serve.