Spooky Sips: Halloween Cocktails & Mocktails


pumpkins surrounded by lit candlesCheers to the (in my very biased opinion) best season there is!

I’m bringing you three fang-tastic Halloween mocktails that are perfect for any mama who is pregnant, nursing, sober, or simply the designated driver. I’ve never been a big drinker, but after going on hiatus for 15+ months due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, my already-low tolerance plummeted. I only need half a drink now before nausea starts creeping in. This means that 99% of the time, I opt for a Shirley Temple or a regular Sprite.

But during Spooky Season? I’m pulling out all the stops for these witchy beverages . . .

3 Haunting Mocktails to Celebrate Spooky Season

The Season of the Witch

Halloween cocktails: Red colored mocktail drink with green sprig on top

  • 1 mini can of Ginger ale
  • ½ cup Cherries (out of season in October, so we’ll use maraschino!)
  • ½ cup fresh Blackberries
  • Mint sprigs
  • 2 tsp Simple Syrup

In a small bowl, muddle (or mash!) together the cherries, a few mint sprigs, and the blackberries. Set aside.

Combine the simple syrup and ginger ale and stir! Next, mix in the muddled fruit. Top with a sprig of mint and enjoy with your favorite spell-binding snack.

Jack’s Lantern

caramel colored mocktail drink

  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • ½ cup Apple Cider
  • Sprite
  • Black Nonpareils
  • Light corn syrup (for “gluing” the nonpareils to the glass rim)

Pour a thin layer of corn syrup (or honey!) onto a small plate. On a separate small plate, pour a layer of nonpareils. Flip your chosen glass upside down and thoroughly spin the rim through the corn syrup. Then dip and spin the rim through the nonpareils.

Pour your orange juice and apple cider into your glass. Top off with Sprite.

Enjoy while strolling through your neighborhood and looking at everyone’s decorations.

A Poison Apple

Halloween cocktails: bright green mocktail drink with thin slice of apple on top

Start by thinly slicing a green apple. If you’d like to keep your slices looking crisp and creepy, you can soak them (for 3-5 minutes) in a mix of equal parts lemon juice and water.

In a glass, add 1 Tbsp of the Witch’s Brew Glow mix. Pour in the iced green tea and lemonade. Top off with Sprite. Stir well. Add a small handful of ice. Lastly, you’ll garnish this drink with a thin apple slice floating on top and a sprig of mint.

Enjoy while staring at yourself in the mirror and telling yourself YOU are the fairest mom of all.

*Pro tip: don’t forget, green tea has 5-45 mg of caffeine per 8 oz cup, so be mindful of what time you’re brewing this drink. I say this from experience.

2 Blood-Curdling Halloween Cocktails

For my mamas who do want the real deal . . .

The Redrum

red colored Halloween cocktails

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 2 oz pomegranate juice
  • ¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Sprite
  • Crushed Ice
  • Light corn syrup for a sugar rim
  • Red sanding sugar (I used this one)

For this ode to The Shining, you’ll start by pouring a thin layer of corn syrup onto a small plate. On a separate small plate, pour a layer of the sanding sugar. Flip your chosen glass upside down and thoroughly spin the rim through the corn syrup. Then dip and spin the rim through the sugar.

Next, fill your glass with crushed ice. Then you’re going to pour in the shot of gin, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir. Top off with a splash of sprite.

It goes without saying, but you can enjoy this haunting cocktail while watching Jack Nicholson lose his mind in the 1980’s horror classic.

Nevermore’s Raven

dark colored Halloween cocktail in a stemless wine glass

  • 1.5 oz Black Dyed Vodka (instructions + ingredients here)
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • ½ oz Chambord
  • 1½ oz Cran-Raspberry juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • White edible glitter

Start by dying your vodka black (instructions above).

In a glass, pour the cran-raspberry juice, Cointreau, Chambord, and lemon juice. Add your black vodka. Stir in 1 tsp of the edible glitter at a time. Add as much as you’d like to make your drink shimmer like the wings of a Raven in the moonlight.

Enjoy while reading The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe during a thunderstorm.

Let us know in the comments below if you plan to make any of these deliciously spooky Halloween cocktails or mocktails! Happy Haunting, mamas!

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Allie Strickland
Allie Strickland is a new mom living in Goose Creek with her husband, Sebastian, son, August, and husky pup, Denali. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in English and Creative Writing in 2017. Aside from her love of reading and writing, Allie is also passionate about art. She opened her own small business, Lavender Light Paper Company, in January 2022. Allie found out she was expecting her first baby the following month and, due to a rough pregnancy, her creative work has been on hold. Allie has found herself very passionate about postpartum support for mothers after her son was born prematurely and spent time in the NICU.


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