Halloween blood red cocktail recipe

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This blood red cocktail is the perfect spooky tipple to enjoy at Halloween and you only need four ingredients.

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Preparation Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories144 Kcal7%
Sugars8.7 g10%
Protein0.1 g0%
Carbohydrates9.6 g4%

Our Halloween blood red cocktail is ready in five minutes and only uses four ingredients. 

This is the perfect drink if you’re hosting a Halloween party and want something spooky to sip. It can be made in big batches and served as a punch style drink if you like. Take the decor up a notch and get some Halloween-themed ice cube moulds to keep everything nice and chilled. 


  • 100ml pomegranate juice
  • 50ml vodka
  • Dash of raspberry syrup
  • Dash of lemon juice




  1. Mix the pomegranate juice, vodka, raspberry syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well. Strain into a Martini glass to serve.
  2. Alternatively, stir the ingredients together and serve over ice in a heavy tumbler.

Top tips for making a Halloween blood red cocktail

You could easily swap the pomegranate juice for other juices and gin or other light spirits would match nicely too. Continue reading for some spooky serving suggestions and tips. 

How to garnish a Halloween cocktail?

You could create a black salt rim by combining sea salt with a little activated charcoal. You can by capsules from health stores like Holland & Barrett and they are pretty much tasteless but will help you achieve a dramatic garnish. We’d recommend swapping to tequila or mezcal instead of vodka if you do a salt rim. 

Alternatively, stuff some lychees with blueberries to look like spooky eyeballs. Thread onto a cocktail stick and balance on the top of your cocktail or place it inside. 

What spirits go well with blood orange?

If you are using blood orange juice instead of pomegranate juice, the vodka will still go very nicely. It will be very similar to a classic screwdriver cocktail which is made from orange juice and vodka. You could use gin if you prefer or tequila is a nice choice too. 

You can also garnish with a slice of blood orange when you serve the cocktail or use a vegetable peeler to shave off a strip of zest. 

Why are some cocktails shaken and others stirred?

Shaking mixes drinks more thoroughly and also chills them down beautifully for drinking. Cocktails that contain cream liqueurs, creamy mixers or fruity juice are best shaken to live up the ingredients. Cocktails that are mostly made up of spirits and bitters are better stirred so they retain a better texture.

If you’re nervous about the stems of your martini glasses getting broken while you host a party, consider buying this plastic martini glasses instead. 

Youngever Plastic Martini Glasses - View at Amazon 

Youngever Plastic Martini Glasses - View at Amazon 

These shatterproof glasses are perfect for parties. They still have the classic martini shape but are easier to clean and less fragile to hold. 

We have lots more Halloween cocktails for you to browse and some tasty Halloween food ideas too. If you’ll be carving a pumpkin, be sure to read our guide on what to do with leftover pumpkin

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies