Halloween inspires creativity in all sorts of different ways. For some it is a time to dress up and pretend to be someone (or something!) else for a few hours. Others though just love all the fun food and drinks that come out for the season. Personally, I love all of the above but I especially enjoy the cool cocktails that people create. From spiked apple cider to elaborate horror-themed concoctions, here are some of my favorites from around the web:

Panadero Margarita


•  2 oz Tanteo Chipotle Tequila

•  1 oz fresh lemon juice

•  ¾ oz light agave nectar

•  1 oz pumpkin puree


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a hollowed mini-pumpkin. Garnish with freshly ground nutmeg and cinnamon.

Traverse City Apple Sour


In a mixing tin add: 

•  1 egg white

•  ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice

•  ¾ oz. simple syrup

•  2 oz. Traverse City Michigan apple whiskey


Dry shake to incorporate the egg white, approximately 10 seconds.  

Add ice to tin and shake vigorously until fully chilled and diluted.  Approximately 15 seconds.  

Using a Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer, double strain the cocktail into a coupe glass.  

Garnish with 3 apple slices on a skewer.  

Pro tip:  keep your apple slices from getting brown by storing them in a little bit of simple syrup and lemon juice.  Use a mandolin for slicing, to get even pieces every time.

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Smoke, Mirrors and Colors 

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze


•  1.5 ounces of premium vodka

•  1 ounce of dry vermouth 

•  ½ ounce of mezcal


Add all ingredients to mixing glass; stir 

Strain into a coupe glass 

 *This cocktail has dry ice: use with caution and do not ingest

Blood Orange Margarita 


•  2 oz. premium tequila

•  3 oz. fresh blood orange juice

•  ¾ fresh lime juice

•  1 oz. simple syrup


Rub the rim of an Old Fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to the rim. Combine a few cubes of ice into a salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

NOTE: 1 basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. Example—one cup of sugar dissolved into  one cup water

No matter what you pick, just remember to have fun and enjoy responsibly. The Lucky Tiger guy is the one who has fun and plays it smart so use these recipes as inspiration and create your own Halloween cocktail creation so you can impress your friends!

For even more inspiration, make sure to visit ManTripping’s roundup of top Halloween Cocktails.


About James Hills
James writes the ManTripping blog and lives in southern California. For more than a decade, ManTripping has been a leading male lifestyle blog covering food, fashion, travel, toys, action and adventure – you know, man-things. James shares his wisdom regularly on Club LT and is often featured in the Club LT podcast.

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