7 Sinful Halloween Cocktails

Looking for frighteningly delicious cocktails to serve your visiting ghouls and goblins this Halloween? Here are seven cocktails that will leave your guests screaming for more.


jerry-the-icelandic-sailor_medJerry The Icelandic Sailor

1 part Reyka Vodka

1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

½ part Lemon Juice

½ part Peach Juice or Nectar Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except bitters. Shake, double strain, and serve over crushed  ice. Add bitters and stir. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.

Mischief Night

mischief-night2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

½ part Lemon Juice

1 part Grade-A Vermont Maple Syrup

1 ½ parts Fresh Orange Juice

Cold Seasonal Pilsner

Build ingredients in empty shaker (except beer). Add ice, shake and strain into chilled pint glass or desired beer mug (no ice).  Top (to taste) with a cold seasonal pilsner of your choosing.


Sailor Jerry Candy Apple

2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

8 parts Warm (Real) Apple Cider

Combine and stir ingredients. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Serve in desired tempered after dinner glassware.


underdog_ls_medDrambuie’s Underdog

¾ part Drambuie

¾ part Dry Vermouth

½ part Amaro

¼ part Hendrick’s Gin

Build and stir in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Hudson Whiskey’s The Ramble

2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye

½ part Cynar

½  part Dry Vermouth

1 bar spoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

Stir ingredients over ice to chill, then strain into rocks glass over one large cube. Flame a sprig of rosemary for aroma and garnish.


Ancho Gimlet

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Hendricks Gin

1 part Lime Juice

½ part Rich Simple Syrup (2:1 Sugar:Water)

Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice and shake hard to chill and dilute.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe and garnish with a cucumber wheel.


Smoke Stack Sazerac

1 ½ part Monkey Shoulder

0.2 part Sugar Syrup

Dash Peychaud’s Bitters

Dash Absinthe

Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add cold dry ice and stir. Once dilution is reached strain into glass. Top with peach smoke. (FYI –Learn more about adding smoke to your cocktail).

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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