Halloween Grave Digger Cocktail with Crown Royal Whiskey

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Hey, boo-tiful souls! Halloween is just around the corner, and we have a chilling concoction for you—our Grave Digger Cocktail featuring Crown Royal whiskey.

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Grave Digger Cocktail

If you’re in the mood for a spooky cocktail that combines the perfect balance of flavors and a creepy twist, then you’ve come to the right place.

Made with ginger beer, pineapple juice, and Crown Royal Whiskey, this eerie elixir will be the star of your Halloween festivities.

Ready to shake things up? Let’s dive into this bewitching brew!

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Grave Digger Halloween Cocktail

As Halloween approaches, your thoughts might be turning to ways to celebrate the spooky season, and if you love mixing up a few cocktails, it’s time to add a Grave Digger to your list!

This Halloween themed drink is easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients.

The warmth of Crown Royal Whisky pairs beautifully with peppery ginger beer and sweet pineapple juice, which is shaken up and poured into your prepared glass.

The chilling concoction is topped off with a Crown Royal float, giving you that hit of whiskey as you take your first sip of this Halloween cocktail.

For a smoky effect and added drama, check out our blog post on Dry Ice In Drinks for Halloween. The foggy mist crawling over the glass rim will send shivers down your spine!

Halloween Cocktail - Grave Digger

Halloween Party Food

The Grave Digger is a delicious libation whether you are spending Halloween night watching a few scary movies or throwing a Halloween Party!

But what’s a cocktail without some appetizers and desserts, right?

Consider serving ghoulish goodies like Jalapeño Popper Mummies or Halloween Quesadillas. And how about some Creepy Skull Cupcakes or Witches Shortbread Fingers for dessert?

With 50+ Halloween Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, there is a spectrum of options to feast upon with appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and more Halloween Cocktails!

Cocktail Ingredients & Equipment

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Grave Digger Cocktail Ingredients

  • Crown RoyalA blended Canadian whisky, made as a tribute to the royal visit to Canada in the 1930s. If you can’t source this liquor, use your preferred whiskey or bourbon brand in your spooky cocktail.
  • Ginger Beera non-alcoholic carbonated beverage, despite its name.
    • It was once an alcoholic drink in the 1800s, but modern ginger beer is not fermented, so it is a soft drink.
    • That said, there is Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer available, which makes it clear that it contains alcohol.
    • I mention all of this should you wish to make the mocktail version (see the cocktail alternatives in this post).
    • Not to be confused with Ginger Ale, a carbonated soft drink flavoured with ginger. Ginger beer offers a bolder, spicier flavor compared to ginger ale, and it’s less fizzy.
  • Pineapple Juice

Cocktail Equipment

  • 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 Picks – for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruits
  • Cocktail Glasses – we used a standard highball glass, but you can use any type of glass you prefer.
  • Cocktail Stirrers – to keep with the theme, why not add a tiny shovel to the drink to stir it?

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Grave Digger Variations

Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe you might like to try.

Grave Digger Mocktail – Pour 3 oz Ginger Beer into a glass and stir with 3 oz Pineapple Juice and 2 oz Apple Juice. Add ice and garnish with some gummy worms. This concoction is ideal for under 21s.

Virgin Grave Digger – For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of spirits in their drinks—no pun intended!—consider non-alcoholic alternatives such as Lyre’s American Malt, a Bourbon-style non-alcoholic spirit, instead of Crown Royale.

Frozen Grave Digger – In a blender, blend the cocktail ingredients with a generous amount of ice to turn to make a frozen cocktail or mocktail. Add a straw and watch out for brain freeze!

Apple Cider – If you’re not a fan of ginger flavor, you can replace the ginger beer in the cocktail and mocktail versions with apple cider*. Garnish the drink with an apple slice or cinnamon stick stirrer.

*Apple cider in the USA is unfiltered apple juice, and the closest thing in the UK is cloudy apple juice. Not to be confused with hard cider, which is the alcoholic version that we Brits just call cider.

Sprite – Alternatively, for a little fizz, replace ginger beer with Sprite (or other lemon-lime soda).

Grave Digger Margarita – Shake together 2 oz Gold Tequila, 1 oz Triple Sec, or other orange liqueur such as Cointreau, ½ oz Lime Juice, and 2 oz Ginger Beer. Pour into salt-rimmed glasses. For a smoky depth, use mezcal instead of tequila.

Russian Grave Digger – Pour ½ cup Ginger Beer into a glass with ice cubes and stir with 1½ oz Vodka and ½ Lime Juice. Add a lime wedge garnish and a mini shovel to stir with.

Grave Digger Punch

Use the parts method to make a big batch of this Grave Digger cocktail for a large party or gathering.

If 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 for your entire party:

  • 2 parts Ginger Beer
  • 1½ parts Crown Royal
  • 3 parts Pineapple Juice

Serve the large batch cocktail in a drinks dispenser or pitcher, or go retro and serve from a punch bowl.

Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled.

Setting Up Your Halloween Cocktail Bar

When setting up your bar or cocktail serving area, don’t forget:

Halloween Whiskey Cocktail - Grave Digger

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.

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How to Make a Grave Digger Cocktail for Halloween

Grave Digger Cocktail

Michelle Ordever
Halloween approaches, and what better way to celebrate than with our Grave Digger Cocktail?
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Halloween
Servings 1
Calories 86 kcal


  • 2 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1 oz Crown Royal
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Ice Cubes
  • ½ oz Crown Royal to float
  • Fresh Mint Leaves to garnish


  • Fill an 8-oz glass with ice and pour the ginger beer into it.
  • Place 1 oz Crown Royal and pineapple juice into a large cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake for 15-30 seconds to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into the glasses.
  • Pour the ½ oz Crown Royal on top to float.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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