Halloween Cocktails with Bite

By Jennifer McKee


Be the hit of your October Zoom happy hours with libations from Broken Shed Vodka. It’s crafted from two New Zealand water sources and distilled three times and is gluten- and GMO-free.


Broken Bones

2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

0.5 oz. lime juice

0.5 oz. simple syrup

1.5 oz. pomegranate juice

Shake all ingredients well in a shaker and double strain into a glass goblet.


Broken Pumpkin Cider

2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

1.5 oz. apple cider

1 oz. Real Pumpkin Spice Puree Infused Syrup

Fill a shaker with all the ingredients, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with crushed graham cracker.


Photos courtesy Broken Shed Vodka

Kate Hudson is behind King St. Vodka, inspired by her former home on King Street in New York City. It’s a gluten-free, non-GMO vodka crafted with alkaline water and distilled seven times for purity in Santa Barbara, California. Get all warm and cozy with the Cinnamon Apple Smash.

Cinnamon Apple Smash

1.5 oz. King St. Vodka

Half an orange, juiced

Sparkling apple cider


Fall Spiced Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (recipe below)

Fall Spiced Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

0.25 tsp. allspice

0.25 tsp. nutmeg

0.25 tsp. ginger

0.25 tsp. cloves

Make the simple syrup. Mix with the other ingredients and pour over ice.


National Chocolate Day (October 28) falls right before Halloween, and Vegas Baby Vodka is celebrating with a decadent Dark Chocolate Raspberry Espresso Martini. The female-owned brand evokes the spirit of Sin City and is found in more than 150 Las Vegas locations.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Espresso Martini

1 oz. Vegas Baby Vodka

0.5 oz. dark chocolate liqueur

0.75 oz. raspberry syrup

1 oz. chilled espresso

cinnamon stick, for garnish 

raspberry, for garnish 

Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and a smoking cinnamon stick.


Photo courtesy Vegas Baby Vodka

Now at Atlanta’s Ponce City Market: A Tiki-Halloween-themed pop-up bar has taken over Biltong Bar. It features four frozen drinks and a cocktail menu full of elixirs and potions, such as the Penny Dreadful, made with London Gin, picon, red vermouth, cacao and apricot, and the Sleepy Hollow, a mix of tequila, mezcal, pumpkin, lime, cacao and corpse dust.


Photo courtesy Biltong Bar


 Glow-in-the-Dark Goodies

Get in the glow when you head out at night with Karolina Kurkova x Billie Blooms’ glow-in-the-dark Halloween masks. Available in kids and adult sizes, the lip and mustache masks stand out with their 3D embroidery. And you can help a good cause when you don these masks—proceeds from each purchase are donated to Feeding America.


 Photo courtesy Karolina Kurkova x Billie Blooms

The wrists also have it—you’ll never have to fumble around in the dark for your hand sanitizer again, thanks to HandiGuru’s glow-in-the-dark wristband. The lightweight, refillable wristband (which comes in a variety of colors) is perfect for those who are on the go and don’t want to think twice about their protection. In addition to hand sanitizer, HandiGuru can be filled with suntan lotion, sunscreen bug repellant and more.


Photo courtesy HandiGuru

One Unique Candle

Get in the Halloween spirit with a black candle from Vela Negra. This luxurious candle line is made from 100 percent vegan soy coconut wax and ethically sourced wooden wicks. Why black? It absorbs and dispels negative energy and provides clarity while illuminating the darkness. Fragrance names are a nod to the founder’s Afro-Cuban and Guayanese heritage.


Photo courtesy Vela Negra

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