This Bloody Vampire Cocktail is perfect for your Halloween event and will surely be a hit with all who drink it!
The deep red Halloween cocktail is made with cherry vodka, regular vodka, gin, and grenadine. It is finished off with a dripping blood garnish – just the thing for thirsty vampires!
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Bloody Vampire Cocktail
Cocktails and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and our Bloody Vampire Cocktail is the drink you didn’t know you needed for all your Halloween parties!
Grenadine syrup provides the deep red color of this cocktail, which certainly adds to the Halloween spirit.
This delicious drink not only tastes amazing but also looks amazing when served in glasses that have been decorated around the rim with silver sprinkles and, the final finishing touch, drips of red “blood.”
The Vampire Cocktail will have you and your guests howling at the moon—or at least raising a toast to it!
With 20+ Halloween Cocktails on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, plenty will keep you going throughout the Halloween Season!
For quick Halloween party set up, check out the Spooktacular Big Escape Room Halloween Box—perfect to play with a cocktail in hand!
Cocktail Ingredients & Equipment
You should be able to find most of the simple ingredients for this vampire drink in your local grocery store or at liquor stores.
Ingredients For Bloody Vampire Cocktails
To make this bloody cocktail, you will need the following:
- Vodka – use your favorite plain vodka.
- Cherry Vodka – if you can’t find cherry vodka, you could use a cherry liqueur or schnapps instead.
- Gin – use your preferred brand.
- Grenadine – an alcohol-free red syrup made from pomegranate that creates the color for this red drink.
- Club Soda – is one of those ingredients with slightly different names in the US vs. UK. Essentially, it’s called soda water here in the UK.
- Wilton Red Sparkle Gel Icing – this is what makes the red “blood” that drips around the glass
- Silver Sprinkles – Jimmies are shown in the photos here, but you could use any shaped sprinkles that you like. Add edible glitter to the large cocktail shaker for extra shimmer when mixing this festive drink.
- Clear Corn Syrup – to rim the glass with for attaching the sprinkles. You can also use simple syrup.
- Maraschino Cherries – and Lime Wedges for garnish
- This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker!
- Use a container with a tight-fitting lid—like a mason jar or the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
- Cocktail Skewers – for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruits
- Cocktail Glasses – use any kind of cocktail glass that you like; martini glasses are particularly elegant.
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How to Make a Bloody Vampire Cocktail
Decorating the Glass
Before mixing up this fun Halloween cocktail, you must decorate your glass(es) with sprinkles and/or red gel icing “blood.” I say and/or because the choice is yours—we think both look better!
- To add sprinkles to the rim of your glass, pour corn syrup onto a small plate and the sprinkles onto another plate.
- Dip the glass rim into the syrup first and allow any excess to drip off, then dip the glass into the sprinkles and twist until the rim is coated with sprinkles.
To add drips of fake blood, gently squeeze the tube of red gel icing on the rim of the glass and allow it to drip down the side. Set the decorated glass aside while you mix your Halloween drink!
Mixing the Spooky Cocktail
Pour the liquors and mixers into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, and shake, until well blended and chilled.
Pour into your prepared glass over lots of ice and finish off with a garnish of maraschino cherries and a lime wedge.
If you want to add a spooky vibe to your Bloody Vampire cocktail, add some dry ice to create a smoking effect.
Our post about using Dry Ice In Drinks for Halloween has all the safety tips you need.
Want some food to go with your delicious cocktails? Try these recipes:
- Air Fryer Mummy Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
- Halloween Quesadillas
- Jalapeño Popper Mummies Recipe
- Quick & Easy Pepperoni Mini Mummy Pizzas
For more Halloween treats, check our our freakishly good Halloween Recipes.
Bloody Vampire Cocktail Variations
Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe you might like to try.
Virgin Bloody Vampire Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
To turn the original alcoholic cocktail into a non-alcoholic we are going to leave out the booze (obviously) and replace the club soda with either lemon-lime soda and/or cherry soda.
Decorate your glass(es) in the same way as the cocktail and fill it with ice.
To make one drink, mix together 8oz flavored soda – you can use just lemon-lime, or just cherry, or a mix of both, and add 1-2 tablespoons of grenadine (which is a non-alcoholic syrup), or other red syrup such as cherry or raspberry.
If you would rather not use syrups, use some unsweetened cranberry juice.
Add a few drops of red food coloring liquid if you want a more intense bright red color.
Bloody Vampire Mocktail with Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.
- Instead of Cherry Vodka, use Cherry Syrup.
- Instead of Vodka, use Strykk Not Vodka.
- Instead of Gin, use Lyre’s Dry London Spirit.
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.
I recommend adding the syrups to your taste as they may add the sweetness you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.
Frozen Blood Cocktail
Want to turn this Halloween-themed drink into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice, then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
Bloody Vampire Party Punch
If you want to make a large batch for a crowd, you can easily make Bloody Vampire Party Punch!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.
To make a batch of this vampire-themed party punch, mix together:
- 1 part Cherry Vodka
- 5 parts Vodka
- 1 part Gin
- 3 parts club soda/soda water
- ⅓ part Grenadine
Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some cherries and lime slices in there too.
Prepare decorated glasses in advance with sprinkles and dripping “blood” for guests to serve themselves.
Alternatively, set up a glass decorating rimming station with syrup, sprinkles, red sanding sugar, cocktail cherries, and lime wedges.
Make It A Spooky Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!
- Appetizer: Bloody Mary Soup (vodka optional)
- Main Dish: Sweet & Spicy Bourbon Steak Kebabs
- Side Dish: Oven Baked Vegetable + Rice Salad
- Dessert: Haunted Mansion Cupcakes
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
Bloody Vampire Cocktail Recipe Card
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- ¼ cup clear corn syrup
- ½ cup silver sprinkles/Jimmies
- 1 tube of Wilton red glitter gel
- 1 oz Cherry Vodka
- 5 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Gin
- 3 oz club soda/soda water
- 2 tsp Grenadine
- Ice cubes
- Maraschino cherries and lime wedges for garnish
- To decorate your glasses with sprinkles, pour corn syrup onto a small plate, and the sprinkles onto another plate.
- Dip the rim of the glass into the corn syrup and gently shake off any excess. Then dip the rim into the sprinkles.
- Then use the red gel to add drips of blood from the rim of the glass. Set aside while you make the cocktail.
- Add the vodka, cherry vodka, gin, club soda, and grenadine to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well to combine, and pour into the prepared glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish with cherries and lime wedge. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
You can decorate the rim of your glass in different ways. You could do the blood dripping and silver sprinkles together, or do just sprinkles, or just blood. If doing just bloody you could add drips all the way around the rim of the glass.
To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct.
- 1 part Cherry Vodka
- 5 parts Vodka
- 1 part Gin
- 3 parts club soda/soda water
- ⅓ part Grenadine
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 645Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 1gSugar: 63gProtein: 0g
This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Printable Halloween Escape Rooms
Escape Rooms have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but why not bring the experience to your home this Halloween with a printable Escape Room?
The games can be printed and set up in just 20 minutes, so you can enjoy the fun.
Halloween Party Game Ideas!
In fact, at just $49, you save 60% – that’s a discount of $76, to be precise. Amazing value!
The four kits included in the box are (which you can buy individually if you prefer):
- Envy Murder Mystery – A 1920s Gatsby-style murder mystery game of debaucherous luxury and deadly feuds. Get ready for a night of velvet gloves, blood-stained.
- Lost Mummy – Get ready to unearth Egypt’s ancient secrets as your crew investigates the mystery of the Lost Mummy.
- Rebel Revolt Spy Mission – Your crew of specialists will need their wits about them if there’s any chance of breaking into the evil government’s W.A.R. facility.
- Escape Room Z – Your living room’s about to be invaded by the living dead. What do they want? Your pizza, of course…
But that’s not all! You’ll also get the following:
- The Skulls Party Game – a poster and prop pack to add some atmosphere to your party, and it comes with a custom Skulls card game to challenge your crew with.
- Exclusive BONUS Puzzles – made by gamers, for gamers! (You can even make your own!) Make sure to grab your Halloween-exclusive extras before they disappear into the mist…
- Ancient Treasure Maps – create a frightful scavenger hunt where X marks the (your!) grave site.
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!