13 Halloween Cocktail Recipes + Pairings to Spook Your Guests
The year's most frightening holiday is just around the corner. The costume party shopping, Hocus Pocus marathons, and hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns leading up to October 31st call for festive, adult-themed cocktail parties to get you into the spirit of Halloween.
Haunt your guests with 13 Halloween cocktail recipes, and pair them with dishes from your favorite restaurants, all available for delivery via DiningIn.com, for a vivid, flavor-blasted experience.
Purple People Eater
Once you get past the name, this monstrous blend of cranberry juice and blue Curacao will keep you coming back for more.
Pairs with Citrus, Chocolate, Cinnamon
Boston: Cappuccino Cupcake, Sweet Cupcakes
Chicago + Twin Cities: Orange Chicken, Big Bowl
Dallas: Refreshing Orange Mandarin Cake, Asian Mint
Philadelphia: Duncan Hines Chocolate Layer Cake
Bloody Brain Shooter
Finish off a shot Peach Schnapps and “bloody” grenadine with a floating, brain-like dash of Baileys Irish cream.
Pairs with Blackberries, Hazelnut, Cilantro
Boston: Summer Rolls, Wagamama
Chicago: Nutella Crepe, Meli Cafe
Dallas: Blackberry Spinach Salad, Dixie House
Twin Cities: Campesino Salad, Cafe Ena
Philadelphia: Malanga Fritters, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Blood Orange Martini
Enjoy a chilled glass of crimson-colored blood orange juice and orange-flavored vodka.
Pairs with Almond, Dark Chocolate, Fig, Lemon
Boston: Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad, NYA Joe’s
Chicago: Dark Chocolate Mousse, Little Market Brasserie
Dallas: Meyer Lemon Chicken Sandwich, East Hampton Sandwich Co.
Minn: Feullantine Praline Chocolate Cake, Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe
Philadelphia: Fig in a Blanket, Valanni
Green with Envy Apple Margarita
Keep it classy with this “jealously delicious twist” with a mix of green apple liqueur and lemon juice.
Pairs with Skirt Steak, Grilled Steak
Boston: Skirt Steak Tampiquena, MIJA Cantina & Tequila Bar
Chicago: Skirt Steak (Robata), SUSHISAMBA rio!
Dallas: Carne Asada, Gloria’s Restaurant
Minn: Roumanian Skirt Steak, Wildfire
Philadelphia: Tacos al Carbon, El Vez
Carry on the mysterious-looking gelatin shots with a splash of peach liqueur and sub in the citrus vodka of your choice.
Pairs with Grilled Chicken, Mexican Dishes
Boston: Huitlacohe Tamale, Casa Romero
Chicago: Grape Leaves, Old Jerusalem
Dallas: The Birdman, Southpaw’s Organic Grill
Twin Cities: Sopes, Cinco de Mayo Mercado
Philadelphia: Frontera Tostada Salad, Mexican Post
Dark and Stormy Death Punch
Garnish this popular rum and ginger beer cocktail with cherry-stuffed lychees for gruesome eyeballs.
Pairs with Cajun Dishes, Lemon, Fried Shellfish
Boston: Coconut Shrimp, Skipjack’s Seafood Restaurants
Chicago: Jambalaya Fettuccine, California Pizza Kitchen
Dallas: Jerk Chicken Nachos, The Island Spot
Twin Cities: Linguine With Seafood, Tucci Benucch
Philadelphia: Fried Scallops, Seafood Unlimited
Serve up a wicked drink with Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, Blue Curacao, and Crème de banana.
Pairs with Strawberry, Mango, Raspberry
Boston: Fresh Summer Berry Salad, Fenmore American Bistro
Chicago: Mango Lobster Roll, Ra Sushi
Dallas: The Great Wall of Chocolate, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Twin Cities: Strawberry Walnut Salad, Eddington’s
Philadelphia: Fruit Toban Yaki
Pumpkin Party Martini
Delight your guests with the fall season’s festive flavor: pumpkin.
Pairs with Curried Dishes
Boston: Murg Curry, Kashmir
Chicago: Hyderabadi Style Fish Curry, India House
Dallas: Tadka Dal, Ruchi Palace
Twin Cities: Aloo Goat, Kabob’s Indian Grill
Philadelphia: Chicken Tikka Masala, Philadelphia
Almond Joy Martini
A Halloween favorite, indulge your sweet tooth with a chocolaty-coconut martini.
Pairs with Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Almonds
Boston: Chocolate French Toast, Zaftigs Delicatessen
Chicago: Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Pie, Chicago q
Dallas: Italian Cream Cake, Patrizio
Twin Cities: Coconut Cake, D’Amico & Sons
Philadelphia: Almond Horseshoe, Swiss Haus Bakery
Candy Corn Martini
Trick-or-treat your way into a candy corn infused vodka and pineapple juice.
Pairs with Seafood, Ham, Blue Cheese
Boston: Grilled Rainbow Trout, Legal Sea Foods
Chicago: Malibu Chicken Melt, The Great American Bagel
Dallas: Hawaiian Cheeseburger, Burger Island
Twin Cities: Seafood Gazpacho, Pinstripes
Philadelphia: BBQ Hawaiian Pizza, Desandro on Main
Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks Rim
Take it up a notch with vanilla bean vodka, vermouth and pop rocks on the rim.
Pairs with Citrus, Parsley, Green Beans, Asparagus
Boston: Roasted Asparagus, Gaslight
Chicago: Casino Pizza, Bar Toma
Dallas: Crispy Green Beans, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Twin Cities: Asparagus Crab Soup,
Philadelphia: Baba Ghanouj, Sanna’s Middle Eastern Cuisine
The ice cream float gets an adult makeover this Halloween with espresso and your favorite oatmeal stout beer.
Pairs with Steak, Fried Shellfish
Boston: Mare e Terra, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Chicago: Wildfire Bone-In Filet, Wildfire
Dallas: Smoked Sirloin Gents 12 oz. Hoffbrau Steaks
Twin Cities: The Viking, Timberlodge Steakhouse
Philadelphia: Fried Stuffed Shrimp, Snockey’s Oyster & Crab House
Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail
Tastier than it sounds, add some bright colors to the party with black cherry soda, grenadine, and triple sec.
Pairs with Red Meat, Pasta
Boston: Taylor Street’s Baked Ziti, Maggiano’s Little Italy
Chicago: Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, Frankie’s Neighborhood Italian
Dallas: Salsiccia & Peppers Pizza, Taverna
Twin Cities: High Plains Bison Burger Deluxe, Wildfire
Philadelphia: Gnocchi Di Mamma, Serafina