Halloween themed cocktails

Okay, so we know it’s still two weeks until Halloween…

But you can never be too prepared for a festivity that’s a nationwide student favourite. Halloween is a great excuse to socialise on a budget at uni. Unlike birthdays or Christmas, you don’t have to splash out on presents for anyone, or worry about sending a greetings card in time. Halloween is simply a time to get into the spooky spirit and enjoy autumn. So whether you’re attending a creepy club event, hosting a house party, or enjoying a ghoulishly good horror film marathon with mates, these cocktail recipes can be enjoyed at any of the above. Cheap, simple, and 100% guaranteed to kick your night off to a great start! 

Halloween Punch

Punch is the ultimate social drink. Easy to make, just fill a keg or jug and let your guests help themselves! Serves 12. You will need: 

  • 200ml vodka 
  • 2L cherry juice
  • Orange peel
  • One medium red chilli 
  • 3 cinnamon sticks 
  • 10 cloves
  • 6 slices of ginger
  • Dracula’s fangs teeth (optional to serve – find these in newsagents or sweet shops)

Check out the full method here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/draculas-blood-punch

Grasshopper cocktail

Bright green and refreshing, this cocktail definitely adds a certain ‘Ghostbusters’ theme to your night. As the easiest cocktail on this list to make, this one’s perfect for spontaneous last minute drinks. Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • Creme de Menthe
  • White creme de cacao
  • Single cream
  • Melted chocolate (optional)
  • Mint sprig (to garnish – optional)


Check out the full method here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/grasshopper-cocktail

Bailey’s Pumpkin Punch 

This cocktail is the ONE for getting cosy on the sofa with flatmates or partners, and watching the scariest of horror movies. The ultimate autumn mix for any night in. You will need:

  • Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Irish liqueur 
  • Milk
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla extract (optional – to taste)



Check out the quick and easy method here: https://www.31dover.com/blog/the-13-best-halloween-cocktails-ever/

The Red Queen

Kind of like a gin Cosmopolitan, with a dark, mysterious Alice in Wonderland twist. Think of the alluring ‘drink me’ potions in the famous book. You will need:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Gin (Hendrick’s is best for this one, but any other gin will work too)
  • Elderflower (either sparkling or liqueur)
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh cranberries (optional – to garnish)


Find the method here: https://www.31dover.com/blog/the-13-best-halloween-cocktails-ever/

The Ultimate Bloody Mary

Can you get anymore Halloween-themed than a classic Bloody Mary cocktail? We think not. Tune it to your own tastes with the Tabasco. You will need:

  • Ice
  • Vodka 
  • Tomato juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Tabasco (dependent on your tastes)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Celery salt (if you have it)
  • Sticks of celery (to serve)

Full method here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bloody-mary

Blood-red cherry vodka fizz

A classy start to your night, certain to pack a punch and impress your guests. Serves 6. You will need:

  • Cherry brandy liqueur
  • Kirsch
  • Amaretto
  • Vodka
  • Sparkling red grape juice (e.g. Schloer) 
  • Cherries (optional – to garnish)

You’re bound to find this amount of alcohol in the cupboards of a student flat! Full method here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1841673/merry-cherry-fizz

Black Russian

A dark and mysterious cocktail for those who like their drinks with a strong kick. Best served after a spooky Halloween meal with friends and family. You will need:

  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Cola 
  • Maraschino cherries (optional)



Find the full method here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/black-russian-cocktail


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Molly Hare

Molly Hare // Ex Magazine Editor // PR and Journalism student at Leeds Beckett // Book worm, cocktail connoisseur, gherkin fanatic //

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