Any adult that trick-or-treats without a kid in tow is going to get some major side-eye from everyone on the block. But that doesn’t mean grown-ups can’t enjoy a sugar high on the ghoulish holiday, too. If you’re hosting a Halloween bash this year, treat your guests to something better than a plastic pumpkin stuffed with drugstore candy. Whip up a few of these boozy dessert cocktails—they’re guaranteed to satisfy even more than that fun-size Snickers.
Better-Than-Candy Halloween Cocktails
The PSL is a love-it or hate-it autumnal staple. But no matter which camp you’re in, you’ll love this bourbon-spiked homemade version. Just the right amount of sweet, it contains real pumpkin and is made with whiskey barrel-aged coffee—perfect for a Halloween brunch or midnight pick-me-up.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Forget about the overly sweet vodka versions from the 90s—our Chocolate Martini is a balanced mix of rum, homemade chocolate liqueur, a touch of raspberry liqueur and Ramazzotti Amaro. It’s the perfect combination of bitter, sweet and spicy.
Fans of the Italian dessert tiramisu will love this cocktail, ladyfinger rim and all. A staple on the menu at The Bar Room in NYC, it’s a light but silky mix of vodka, Patrón XO Cafe, nutty Frangelico and honeyed Drambuie.
Aperol and ice cream make this after-dinner concoction perfect for warmer weather, but that won’t stop us from drinking it all fall long. Created by Allison Kave of Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch it’s a grown-up ice cream float that you’ll want to drink by the dozens. Just add a straw to make it mask-friendly.
One sip of this elegant take on the already elegant Martini and you’ll wonder why you ever scoffed at dessert cocktails in the first place. It’s smooth, simple and just the right amount of decadent. Guests with a sweet tooth will love it, and those without one won’t be afraid to try it.
white chocolate liqueur
half and half
Though you might associate blueberry crumble with long summer days, this boozy ode to the classic dessert is perfect for sipping anytime of year. Amaretto liqueur, blueberry tea and a homemade brown sugar cinnamon syrup will envelope you in sweet spice on even the chilliest of days.
If you can’t get enough of banana splits, you’ll be happy to know that the childhood-favorite tastes even better boozed up with Hennessy. Whip up a batch after a hard day of handing out candy bars to the neighborhood rascals.
Banana Toffee ice cream
Champurrado is Mexico’s dreamy version of sumptuous hot chocolate, and we decided to make the classic treat even better with a double dose of booze. Spicy Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur and creamy RumChata join forces to give this hot-tail a rich, irresistible flavor.