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Halloween Drink & Punch Recipes

No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful party drinks and punch recipes. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage, or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.


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    • Candy Corn Drink

      Sweet! Half the fun of this kid-friendly party drink is how cool it looks served in clear glass. The other half of the fun? The citrusy flavor combination is a thirst-quenching  party pleaser. Layers of mango-sweetened gelatin, bubble-filled orange drink, and honey-infused whipped cream imitate the classic Halloween candy's colorful stripes.

      Editor's Tip: Layer the mixtures in individual tall, clear glasses if you'd rather show off the colors in personal servings.

    • Black Licorice Halloween Cocktail

      Notes of anise and lemon are highlighted in this spooky-colored Halloween cocktail recipe. Simple to make, but it will have a big visual impact on your party buffet. 

      1/2 oz. black sambuca
      3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
      1/2 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil and cooled)
      2 oz. vodka

      1. Mix black sambuca, lemon juice, and simple syrup, multiplying as needed to make additional servings. Chill in the refrigerator. 
      2. When ready to serve, stir mixture and pour into glasses; add 2 oz. vodka to each drink, stir. Garnish with a cherry.
    • 2-Minute Tricks for Your Halloween Buffet

      Dress up your drinks to set the mood for a festive Halloween fete! These quick ideas will have a big impact on your decor.

    • Orange Sherbet Halloween Punch

      Have your sherbet and drink it too! Add tons of fun to a bowl of orange Halloween punch by topping it off with scoops of delicious sherbet. This is a sweet drink that's sure to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

      1 quart orange sherbet
      1 container (12 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate
      1 bottle (1 liter) cold ginger ale
      1 bottle (1 liter) seltzer
      2 small navel oranges, sliced

      1. Line a baking pan with foil. Place scoops of sherbet on baking pan and freeze until ready to serve.
      2. To serve, combine orange juice concentrate, ginger ale, and seltzer in a punch bowl. Top with scoops of the sherbet and orange slices. 

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    • Pumpkin Pie Nog

      Embrace your favorite flavor of the season and serve up some pumpkin pie nog at your next gathering. Like a cup of pie and ice cream, this is the perfect dessert cocktail to finish off a spooky evening. 

    • Blood Red Halloween Punch

      Prosecco, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and ginger combine for a delightful and refreshing Halloween party drink that's creepy only in color. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh rosemary for a flavorful and pretty touch.

    • Harvest Moon Punch

      Try a crisp Halloween punch recipe that draws on apple cider and lemon flavors. Sliced apples garnish the punch bowl and add a dose of real-life apple juice to the mix. This drink will be a crowd-pleaser, so feel free to set up one cocktail and let guests serve themselves. Paper bats keep watch over the buffet table -- download our free pattern to make your own!

      Download the paper bat pattern.
    • Halloween Smoothies with Pumpkin Straws

      Don't leave the kids out at your next Halloween soiree. On a night all about sugar, sneak in these healthy banana-mango smoothies for a sweet treat that you can feel good about. Top off the delicious juice with a festive pumpkin straw to keep with the holiday.

      To make straws, punch circles out of orange paper using a scalloped-circle punch. Layer eight circles, aligning scallops. Staple in the center of the circles. Fold circles into the center around the staple, half going to one side and half going to the other side, to create a 3-D "pumpkin."

      Using double-stick tape, attach the straw close to the staple, leaving a green stem peeking out above the paper pumpkin.

    • Blood Orange Bourbon

      For frighteningly delicious drink, try this blood orange cocktail. A short ingredient list means it's easy to whip up, and the natural coloring of blood oranges make it on-theme for Halloween. It's sophistication with only a tiny touch of scary.

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      Monster Mash Slush

      This monstrously flavorful slush is just dripping with spooky character. The tequila-laced frozen mixture of melon and orange takes on the look of a mad scientist's latest experiment when it's doused in bubbling lemon-lime soft drink and drizzled with bloodred grenadine. Black decorating sugar rims the glass with ominous effect.

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      Tangled Web Shakes

      Oh, what a tangled web we weave -- and oh, what a delicious result! Zigzags of caramel and dark chocolate weave along the inside of a glass filled with creamy goodness that will snare kids' and adults' taste buds. Top each serving with a wispy caramelized sugar web to crown the shake in creepy style.

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      Ghostly Spirits

      White chocolate apparitions haunt this chilling beverage. The spirited adults-only potion is shaken with ice to blend the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, milk, and whipping cream. Topped with a spritz of whipped cream and the ghostly garnish, the taste will haunt your party guests' dreams.

      Editor's Tip: If you're in a time crunch, substitute ghost-shape marshmallows or other ghost-shape candies for the garnish.

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      Blue Slime Lemonade

      The blue "slime" in this zippy punch is actually blueberry-flavor gelatin floating in sparkling lemonade. Make this for your next monster bash!

    • How to Make Lemonade
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      Video: How to Make Lemonade

      It's one of the most refreshing drinks out there -- we show you the must-do secret to success.

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      Flamin' Cinnamon Cider

      Red-hot and super-fast, this cider sizzles with cinnamon. Cinnamon candies give standard cider a flavor and color punch. It's oh-so-simple to make, too. Add apple slices and thin strips of orange peel to accentuate the cider's colorful costume.

      Editor's Tip: For an adult version, add cinnamon schnapps to the hot cider mixture.

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      Boozy Blood Bath

      This creepy cocktail shimmers with the color of blood. Bold flavors -- maple, Concord grape juice, and whiskey -- infuse this rich and flavorful drink. Serve the cocktail in old-style Champagne glasses garnished with skewered grapes for a beverage that will delight all the vampires on your Halloween-party guest list.

      Editor's Tip: Use the highest-quality Concord grape juice you can find to ensure fresh flavor.

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      Muddy Swamp Water

      From the muddy muck, a simply satisfying Halloween punch emerges. In just 10 minutes, you can create a cola concoction laced with Irish cream liqueur to calm the creatures at your adult party. Served over ice, this mess might look like swamp water teeming with monstrous possibilities, but its fabulous flavor will have party guests sipping even as they wonder.

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      Ghost Punch

      This bubbly punch with creamy ghost ice cubes tastes delicious and looks great on a Halloween beverage table. Ghouls and goblins alike will love the fruity flavors.

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      Eyeball Ice Punch

      Guests will feel like they're being watched when helping themselves to a glass of this punch -- a creepy eyeball ice ring floats inside. But with fruity ingredients, the eye will add a chill -- and flavor -- to your Halloween punch.

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      Transylvania Punch

      Just add cherry gelatin to lemon-lime carbonated beverage for Halloween punch fun.

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      Green "Batini"

      Green lemonade is both refreshing and wickedly appropriate for the Halloween holiday. Give an adult edge to these ghoulish drinks by adding vodka.

      Editor's Tip: To make black bat picks, print out bat pattern, trace onto black cardstock, cut out, and use a dab of tacky glue to adhere to the tops of clear cocktail stir sticks.

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      Wide-Eyed Fruit Smoothies

      These fruity smoothies are topped with meringue eyes for a ghostly sipper perfect for Halloween. Lemon yogurt and a blend of berries make these drinks as sweet as they are refreshing.

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      Apple Cider Punch

      Fruit juices, apple cider, and sparkling white grape juice make up this tasty Halloween concoction. Serve cold with black licorice sticks to use as Halloween-worthy straws.

      Editor's Tip: For an adult punch, use chilled champagne in place of sparkling grape juice.

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      Jack's Apricot Iced Tea

      Black tea and apricot nectar make a refreshing Halloween iced tea. Ladle the drink out of a clear punch bowl with a paper jack-o'-lantern face grinning on the front.

      Editor's Tip: Attach the face pieces with temporary adhesive, such as gummy tack.

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      Orange-and-Red Potion

      For a magical Halloween drink that will amaze your guests, fill a highball glass about halfway with orange soda and then carefully add a spoonful of chilled cherry gelatin. The gelatin should float on top of the beverage. If desired, stir together just before drinking.

      Editor's Tip: Decorate a clear highball glass with pairs of oval and round googly eyes in assorted sizes to give your drink personality. Attach eyes to the outside of the glass with red dimensional paint or glue.

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      Buggy Chai Punch

      With spicy chai and sweet orange and lime flavors, this buggy chai punch is sure to draw a crowd. Serve with ice for a refreshing thirst-quencher and a buggy garnish for added flavor.

      Editor's Tip: To make the buggy garnish, use a wooden skewer, lime rinds, and maraschino cherries for a spooky body, adding cloves for the bug's eyes.

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      Mad Science Martini

      Get creative in your kitchen with this spooky nonalcoholic beverage. Blends of fruit flavors make up the red-and-green beverage, which sips perfectly from a martini glass.

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      Ice Cream Sodas

      These ice cream sodas are sure to make your guests scream in delight. Garnish Dracula's soda with gummy teeth and cherry "eyeballs" on straws. For the goblins in your midst, serve up tasty and fruity "ghoulade."

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      Blood-Rimmed Martinis

      Startle your Halloween guests with this wicked brew. White chocolate, coconut, cream, rum, and vodka make a tasty martini, while red cake gel around the rim adds just the right amount of fright. For younger goblins, substitute lemonade or lemon-lime soda.

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      Gremlin Lemonade

      A martini glass with a bottom layer of grenadine and topped with ice and lemonade serves as a toastworthy Halloween drink. Spooky garnishes make this beverage even more holiday appropriate.

      Editor's Tip: For the gremlin garnish skewer, a slice of kiwi forms the face. Cut a cherry in half and attach with pieces of toothpick for eyes. Add the cherry stem for a smile and twists of lemon, lime, and orange peels for hair.

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      Slimy Layered Drinks

      Customize these drinks to add fun to the Halloween festivities. Choose your base (ice cream, pudding, or a milk shake) and a favorite fruit-flavor syrup. In a clear glass, alternate layers of the base with the fruit syrup.

      Editor's Tips:
      -- To make the spooky eyes, freeze a mini chocolate cake roll, cut into thick slices horizontally, and attach red cinnamon candies with frosting for eyes.
      -- For the green spider garnish, cut gummy candy rings in half and place along the rim as legs. Place a soft fruit candy in the center for the body and dab on decorative gel icing for the eyes.

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      Halloween Party Appetizers

      Bite into these creative sweet and savory Halloween appetizer ideas, from mummy-wrapped finger food to monstrous cheese balls, for your next frightful bash.
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