Let’s Toast: 5 Cocktails Filled With Halloween ‘Spirit’

Two things Janelle Monáe loves? A good Halloween costume and an even better drink. So do we!

The singer and actress recently announced a partnership with Martell cognac, helping to bring women in the fold to be the center of and behind the camera of their latest campaign: “Soar Beyond the Expected.” To celebrate that new partnership, and Halloween of course, the esteemed spirits brand created a specialty cocktail in her honor and in honor of the star’s favorite holiday.

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They’re not the only brand crafting some flavorful cocktails with the creepiest, most creative holiday in mind, though. Whatever your preferred taste, some cognac (with an occasional cigar like Monáe), a margarita, or an old-fashioned, tequila, or some delicious rums, check out five recipes that have us fully embracing fall and deep in the Halloween spirit.


The Martell Blue Swift Cinnamon Smoke


1 ½ parts Martell Blue Swift

1 parts apple cider

½ parts triple sec

½ parts lemon kuice


Combine ingredients in a rocks glass and stir. Garnish with a smoldering cinnamon stick.


Malibu‘s Maliboo


2 parts Malibu

3 parts fresh pineapple juice

1 part pomegranate juice


Shake Malibu and pineapple, drizzle pomegranate to layer. Garnish with lychee/cherry eyeballs.


Avión Pepper Potion


1 ½ parts Avion Silver

.5 part agave nectar

.75 part lime juice

1 part pomegranate juice

.5 part thai bird chili pepper


Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with two speared Thai bird chili peppers.


Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Pumpkin Old-Fashioned   


1 ½ oz Reserva Exclusiva 

1 tsp pumpkin syrup


Add ingredients into an ice-filled mixing glass and appropriately stir together to combine/chill. Strain into a double old-fashioned rocks glass containing a large rock of ice and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds. 

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo Halloween Margarita 


2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila

.75 oz lime juice

.75 oz pumpkin carrot spice syrup

Add one 15 oz can of pumpkin puree, 15 oz of agave nectar, 8 oz carrot juice and 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice to a bowl and whisk to combine. Garnish with a lime wheel and black salt rim.


Run a lime wedge along half of the outer rim of a rocks glass and roll in black salt. Then set it aside.  Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into the prepared glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


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