Frightening Halloween Rum Drinks

I trolled my favorite drink recipe sites in search of the most frightening, yet tasty, Halloween rum cocktails I could discover. I found a long list to try on my guests last weekend and was surprised how tasty a number of them turned out.

Dracula Cocktail

My guests really enjoyed the “Dracula Cocktail”. It was slightly sweet, had great color and tasted a bit like Kool-Aid.

Dracula Cocktail
2 oz silver rum
1/2 tsp grenadine
1 oz lemon juice
4 oz cranberry cocktail
couple dashes Angostura bitters

Shake well w/ice, pour into a tall rocks glass. Add more ice if necessary.

I also wanted to suggest “Zombie Antidote” which was featured on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue last week. The “Jon of the Dead” episode switched a Las Vegas “Horror” themed bar into a “Zombie Apocalypse” bar they named “The End“. For “survivors” of the apocalypse can buy a “Zombie Antidote”. This syringe shot looked cool, sounded good and fit the bar theme perfectly.Zombie Antidote_large

Zombie Antidote
1.25 oz coconut rum
½ oz blue curacao
¼ oz pineapple juice

Serve in a large syringe

For our Halloween party I was looking for a rum punch recipe that I could serve in a large, plastic pumpkin; this recipe was perfect. It suggests that it be served inside a real pumpkin but IMHO that sounded disgusting and unnecessarily messy. The $2 plastic, trick-or-treat pumpkin I bought worked much better and made for easy clean up.

Drunk Pumpkin Punch
Half Gallon Apple Cider
1/5th Dark or Gold Rum
3 regular or one large bottle(s) of Ginger Beer
One med-sized, hollowed out, pumpkin [Forget that, use a plastic pumpkin]

Close to party time, fill your pumpkin punch bowl with the cider, rum and ginger beer, stir and add a frozen block of ice to keep things cold.

I found many more Halloween recipes to work with. Some I tried, some I didn’t. All of them were interesting enough for me to suggest to you. Please let me know your thoughts on any/all of these recipes.

Candy Corn Shooter

Candy Corn Shooter

2 oz Banana Liqueur (I used Cruzan Banana Rum)
2 oz Coconut Rum
2 oz Cream
2 oz Orange Curacao
2 oz Silver Rum

Combine Silver Rum and Banana Liqueur into a mixer with ice. Shake and pour into the bottom of the shot glass. Then combine Coconut Rum, Orange Curacao, Cream and a dash of Grenadine (for color). Shake in shaker with ice and gently layer on top using a spoon. Top with whipped cream.

Witches Brew

2 oz of mixed Cranberry and Pineapple juices
2 oz Lemon/Lime soda
1 1/2 oz coconut rum

Mix the soda and juices in a double old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour the rum down the inside of the glass right before serving.

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Coconut Cream
1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila
1/2 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Vodka

Blend with a cup of ice and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with 2 apple wedges.

Black Devil

1/2 oz dry vermouth
2 oz silver rum
1 black olive

Stir rum and vermouth with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the black olive and serve.


3/4 oz Silver Rum
1/2 oz Apricot Brandy
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
1/4 oz Dark Rum
1/4 oz Grenadine
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice

Fill a Tom Collins glass with ice and add the Bacardi and Apricot Brandy. Top up with Orange and Pineapple juices. Drizzle the Blue Curacao around one side of the glass and the grenadine around the other. Add the Dark Rum, garnish with a pineapple flag and serve.

Acapulco Zombie

1 1/2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz vodka
1.5 oz dark rum
2 oz orange juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 tsp grenadine
Dash or two of white crème de menthe

Shake all ingredients except crème de menthe in a shaker till cold. Pour into a hi-ball glass over ice & top with a couple dashes of the crème de menthe. Stir softly and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Tootsie Roll

Tootsie Roll

1 oz Coffee Liqueur [I used Sea Island Java Rum]
1 splash Orange Juice
1 oz Soju

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with a splash of orange juice.

Blood Sucker

Blood Sucker

This vampire-friendly cocktail uses strawberry or raspberry puree to add streams of “blood” down the sides of the glass. By Ed Beaden, Charlotte Palm Restaurant, Charlotte, N.C.

1 1/2 oz Bacardi “0”
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 oz pineapple juice
1 Tbs strawberry or raspberry puree

Pour rum, Cointreau and juice into a shaker with ice. Shake mixture, then pour into a rocks glass. Dip the end of a drinking straw into the berry puree, hold the tip of your finger over the other end and use the straw to squirt puree into the bottom half-inch of the drink, where it will sink in red blobs. Do not stir.


1 oz bourbon
2 oz vanilla flavored rum
cream soda

Fill a tall glass w/ rocks then pour in bourbon & rum. Top w/ cream soda.




2 oz Skyy Infusions Citrus Vodka (I used Cruzan Junkanoo Citrus Rum)
1 oz Mango Nectar
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Sour Mix

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a goblet glass and garnish with a slice of orange and a mint leaf laid flat on top.


Green Goblin

Green Goblin

1 oz Coconut Rum
1 splash(es) Lemon/Lime Soda
1 oz Soju

Shake Soju and Coconut Rum with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a splash of Lemon/Lime Soda.

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