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Four cocktails to die for this Halloween

red rum pina ghoulada
This specialty cocktail, inspired by horror film The Shining, is a perfect alternative to those who wish to have an alcoholic beverage with a fruity twist. Photo Credit: Crystal Lambert/Sundial

Halloween falls on a Friday this season, so lets take the opportunity to celebrate! The universe has given us the chance to make this holiday count. So, pick out your costumes and dress up your drinks with these four festive cocktails!

Red Rum Piña Ghoul-lada

Serves two

Bring an eerie side to a refreshing classic drink. It’s going to be a hot Halloween, so cool down with an island-style creepy cocktail.


1 oz. light rum

2 oz. cream of coconut

3 oz. pineapple juice

2 cups ice

blend until the texture of the drink is smooth

Red Cherry “Blood” Garnish

5 maraschino cherries

2 tbsp. light corn syrup

blend cherries with corn syrup


Swirl glass with red cherry garnish, pour in red rum piña ghoul-lada – enjoy!

zombie brains
Calling all Walking Dead fans! Indulge in this zombie-inspired drink at your next Halloween party, but beware, the vodka-induced “brains” may have a bit of a bite! Photo Credit: Crystal Lambert/Sundial

Zombie Brains

Serves two

Enjoy this spine-chilling cocktail with some vodka soaked creepy crawlies! Zombie brains are a great and colorful drink for any Halloween party – don’t worry, no zombies were harmed in the making of this cocktail.


2 oz. UV Salty Watermelon Vodka

1 oz. triple sec

1 tsp. sugar

2 tbsp. lime juice


Mix together, pour over crushed ice

Garnish with vodka gummy worms

Vodka soaked gummy worms

Hand full of gummy worms


Finishing Touches

Place gummy worms in a jar and pour vodka over until worms are completely submerged. Close tight and leave in fridge overnight. After the gummy worms have been soaked over night, when party time arrives, place the worms in a brain-like design at the top of the drink for the zombie brain effect!

caramel apple martini
While caramel apples are all the rage for the youngsters this time of year, adults can enjoy the Caramel Apple Martini, a clever take on a childhood favorite! Photo Credit: Crystal Lambert/Sundial

Caramel Apple Martini
An adult take on a childhood favorite – Caramel apples on a stick. Only this drink is all apple, no stick, and caters to those 21 and over!

Serves one

2 oz. apple cider

2 oz. caramel vodka

1 oz. butterscotch schnapps

cinnamon sugar for garnish


Dip glass in apple cider, then rim with cinnamon sugar. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

pumpkin spiked latte
The best part of the fall season is all the pumpkin flavored drinks that come with it. For those looking to keep warm and enjoy a bit of fun, the Pumpkin Spiked Latte is the way to go. Photo Credit: Crystal Lambert/Sundial

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (Pumpkin Spiked Latte)

Admit it! You’re obsessed with pumpkin spice! Now you can make it at home and throw a little party into your coffee.

Serves two


1 cup fat free milk

¼ cup half and half

2 tbsp. pumpkin puree

½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 cinnamon stick

2 oz. irish cream

4 shots of espresso or 1 cup of strong coffee


Combine milk, half and half, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick together in a saucepan. Whisk over medium heat before it reaches boiling point. Brew coffee and combine the milk mixture and Irish cream – remove cinnamon stick. Pour into two mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

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