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6 Autumnal Cocktails to Carry You Into the Great Beyond

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Halloween is all about dressing up, gorging on sweets, dancing naked in the moonlight, and -let’s admit it- toasting our glasses to the thin veil between the living and the dead. Here at Dear Darkling we want to make sure you get boo-zy the right way, so we’ve compiled this list of the most appropriately spooky, monstrous, and cinnamony seasonal beverages. Drinkers beware, you’re in for a scare.

The Vampire Slayer

This savory concoction is fit for a night of hunting vamps and taking names.
Just mix 2 oz of garlic infused vodka (yes, really; here’s a simple recipe) with ½ cup of tomato juice, a dash of worchester sauce, and Tabasco to taste. Garnish with a sliced habanero pepper or a hell of a lot of black pepper. The only thing that could make it more potent would be adding a splash of holy water.

Apple Pie Moonshine

This is the only cocktail on the list that requires cooking so it’s great for parties (or a personal night in watching every Nightmare on Elm Street sequel).
Combine 1 gallon of apple juice, 1 gallon of spiced apple cider, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 8 whole cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Bring the entire mixture to a boil. Once the mixture has cooled, dump in 1 bottle of whiskey (or any other 190-proof grain alcohol). This is tasty immediately but even better served a few weeks later out of correctly canned jars. Watch out for this one, it’ll sneak up on you when you’re least expecting.
(recipe tweaked from tastykitchen)

Jack O’Lantern Martini

There’s no way to celebrate Halloween without consuming vast amounts of pumpkin flavored everything.
This martini is 2 parts rumchata, 1 part pinnacle pumpkin vodka, and 2 tbsp pumpkin puree. Top it with a splash of whatever milk you please (we used almond milk). Rim your glass with sugared pumpkin spice, shake ingredients over ice, strain and serve.

Moonless Night Mimosa

For nights when the moon is nowhere to be seen, when you still feel like dancing but need a little sip of liquid courage, pour yourself a big glass of the night sky. Fill half of your glass (or flute) with champagne, top it off with black currant juice, and a splash of grenadine to achieve this cocktail’s dark, illusive hue.

Brain Hemorrhage Shot

(image courtesy of Grant Mitchell )

So this one isn’t too original but it is disgustingly fun and extraordinarily dangerous (and on theme so cut us some slack). We put our Brain Hemorrhage cocktail together with a shot of peach schnapps topped with Baileys. Using a straw with your finger at one end to achieve suction, add one or two drops of grenadine on top of the creamer and watch the magic (science) happen.

Cosmic Horror

Based on its prohibition era cousin called “The Last Word,” this drink is simply Lovecraftian. Divinely alien in color, the Cosmic Horror’s otherworldly hue is achieved by shaking 1 part absinthe, 1 part gin, and as much lime juice as you please over ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar and try to ignore the horrible Shoggoth this beverage may summon.

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About The Author

Liah Paterson is a Queens-based freelance illustrator. She spends her days polishing up her knowledge of occult objects, destroying canvases, and trying to coax her cats into liking her. Her apartment is filled with piles of books, sculptures, and paintings of disembodied hands, and a partner who plays scary video games for her so she can watch them like movies. Find her on Instagram (@atenderwitch) or on her website (

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