Are you looking for a unique way to get into the Halloween spirit this year? Why not try a new cocktail recipe?
There are lots of Halloween-themed cocktails you can prepare to enjoy while you watch a scary movie or celebrate with family or friends. Described below are six fun and spooky whiskey cocktails you can whip up on Halloween night.
1. Skeleton Key
Made with Kentucky bourbon, the Skeleton Key is a bold, full-flavored drink that is sure to become a Halloween favorite. We recommend Hickory Hill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for this spooky drink.
To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 1/4 ounces of Hickory Hill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 3/4 an ounce of elderflower liqueur
- 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
- 3-5 ounces of ginger beer
- 8 dashes of bitters
Fill a collins glass with ice, add the bourbon, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice, then mix. Pour the ginger beer with the mixed ingredients and top with bitters.
2. Witches Blood
This Witches Blood cocktail is a fun twist on a whiskey sour and contains both whiskey and vodka – yum! It tastes delicious and is a great themed drink to serve if you’re having a Halloween gathering and are looking for a crowd-pleaser.
You’ll need the following to whip up this drink:
- ½ cup of cherry schnapps
- ½ cup of BJ Hookers Vodka
- 1 cup of Giant Texas Bourbon Whiskey 80 Proof
- ⅓ cup of fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of cherry soda
Add the schnapps, vodka, whiskey and lemon juice to a pitcher and stir with a cup of ice. Pour the cherry soda over the top.
3. Jack the Ripper
It may have a spooky name, but this cocktail is a great option for those who aren’t a fan of bitterness and prefer their drinks on the sweeter side. To make this whiskey cocktail, you’ll need these ingredients:
- 4 ounces of Giant Texas Bourbon Whiskey 91 Proof
- Juice from ½ of a fresh-squeezed orange
- 2 ounces of cinnamon-flavored simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of salted caramel, melted
Pour the whiskey, orange juice, and simple syrup into a shaker, then shake until the drink is frosty. Rim a glass with salted caramel and pour the drink in.
To make cinnamon simple syrup, combine one cup of boiling water with one cup of sugar. When the sugar has dissolved in the water, add five cinnamon sticks and remove from heat until the mixture has cooled. You can use this for other cocktails and drinks!
4. Mrs. Bates Cocktail
Named after the mother in the famed horror flick, Psycho, the Mrs. Bates cocktail contains just a few special ingredients and is easy to whip up. All you need are the following:
- 1 ounce of Giant Texas Bourbon Whiskey 91 Proof
- 1 ounce of Bechorovka (an herb-infused liquor)
- ¾ an ounce of Orgeat (or another almond-flavored syrup)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain and pour into a glass. To make it extra fancy, garnish the drink with a star anise pod.
5. Blood Orange Bourbon Witches Brew
This blood orange bourbon witches brew is sweet and sour, perfect for a fun Halloween night.
To make this drink, make sure you have the following ingredients on hand:
- 1 ½ ounce of Giant Texas Bourbon Whiskey 80 Proof
- 1 ounce of blood orange liquor
- 1 ounce of pomegranate juice
- ½ ounce of lemon juice
- 4 ounces of chilled ginger beer
Pour the lemon juice, pomegranate juice, liquor, and bourbon into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for about one minute, then pour the mixture into a glass over ice and top with ginger beer.
6. Bloody Manhattan
If you want to make your Manhattan Halloween-friendly, this is the perfect recipe. The base of this whiskey cocktail is just like any other Manhattan and requires these ingredients:
- 2 ounces of Giant Texas Bourbon Whiskey 91 Proof
- 2 ounces of sweet vermouth
- A couple of dashes of bitters
- Maraschino cherry for garnishing
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Stir until chilled, then strain into a glass.
The “bloody” aspect of the drink comes in when you add some red to the rim of your glass. To make the blood mixture, combine ¼ cup of Karo syrup with 2 teaspoons of red food coloring. Dip the rim of the glass into the mixture.
Try These Whiskey Cocktail Recipes Today
So, whether you’re having a small gathering on Halloween night or just want to stay in and have a drink on your own, these Halloween whiskey cocktails are all great options that will help you get into the spooky spirit. Start practicing your drink mixing technique today so you’re ready when the big day arrives!
Do you need help finding high-quality whiskey to perfect these cocktail recipes? If so, click here to learn more about the aged spirits from Gulf Coast Distillers.