Halloween Cocktail Recipes for Every Haunted House Gathering

Chefs and bartenders in the region often send us seasonal and holiday recipes. Following are four of our favorite Halloween-inspired drinks from our archives, created by top New Jersey mixologists. Email your recipes to editor@planetprinceton.com.

Corpse Reviver
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz gin
Absinthe rinse on the glass
Lemon peel for garnish

Shake, strain and serve.

Courtesy of Wes Kirk
Crafts Spirits Manager
Amanti Vino, Montclair, NJ

Avenue Pumpkin Martini
1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1/2 oz Sailor Jerry rum
2 oz pumpkin puree mix
1 oz vanilla syrup
Orange wedge and nutmeg for garnish

Combine all with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a dash of nutmeg.

For Pumpkin Puree Mix
4.5 oz pureed pumpkin
8 oz milk
2 oz cream
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine and blend until smooth. Makes enough for 7 cocktails.

Courtesy of Thierry Carrier
General Manager/Director of Operations
Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

Haunted Orchard
1.5 oz Appleton Signature Blend rum
.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz apple cider
1.5 oz ginger beer, chilled
Lime and apple slices for garnish

Shake with ice, drain and pour into glass. Garnish with lime wedge and slice of apple.

Courtesy of
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern,Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Zombie Jamboree Punch
12 oz Overproof rum
12 oz dark spiced rum
12 oz cinnamon syrup
6 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
6 oz fresh pressed pineapple juice
20-25 dashes Angostura bitters

Mix ingredients and serve in punch bowl garnished with half-moons of lemon and orange. Serves 20-25.

Courtesy of Andrew Johnston
Bar Manager/Head Bartender
The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station, NJ