Adult Halloween is all about the BOOze.

What to serve and sip?

Keep it simple with seasonal classic cocktails with a ghostly history or think dark, smoky flavors.

5 Hall0ween cocktails to make this year:

1Corpse Reviver No. 2

Oh, hell yes! One of your brunchtime favorites screams Halloween, of course. It’s a seasonal classic.

Absinthe to coat glass
3/4 ounce London Dry Gin
3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Rinse (swirl) a chilled coupe with absinthe and discard. You can also mist the inside of the glass with absinthe in a spray bottle.

Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into coupe.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

2Death in the Afternoon

The easiest way to hack a Halloween cocktail in a hurry: add absinthe to your bubbles! We prefer just a splash… You can thank the ghost of Ernest Hemingway.

1/2 ounce absinthe
Chilled Champagne

Pour absinthe in coupe or flute and top with bubbles.

3Bloody Maria

Swap out vodka for tequila in your Bloody Mary and voila! Bloody Maria.

2 ounces tequila
Bloody Mary mix
Stuffed olives as eyeball garnishes

See Badass Bloody Marys for batch recipe and tips. 


4Mezcal Margarita

Take your favorite margarita and swap 1/2 of the tequila for smoky mezcal. We prefer a Tommy’s Margarita:

1 ounce blanco tequila
1 ounce mezcal
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Tajin seasoning for rim 

Run one edge of glass with a lime wedge. Dip in Tajin seasoning to coat. 

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into coupe or rocks glass.

5Bloody Sangria

2 bottles Pinot Noir
1 cup apple brandy 
1 cup Blood Orange Liqueur 
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
Orange slices and rosemary for garnish

Combine wine, brandy, liqueur, juice and vanilla and chill. To serve, transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl.

Garnish with rosemary leaves and orange slices.

Serve in wine glasses over ice topped with a splash of club soda, sparkling wine or ginger beer.


If you love mezcal, try Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice in “Voodoo Apothecary” from Jenny Adams for a 3-ingredient cocktail.

Check out the Halloween decorating vibe in the Milk Punch HQ: Melissa’s “Skulls & Roses” tablescape