Hocus Pocus Mary Sanderson Cocktail with Whiskey & Rum

Home » COOK » Recipes » Beverages » Cocktails » Halloween Cocktails » Hocus Pocus Mary Sanderson Cocktail with Whiskey & Rum

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about costumes and spooky drinks!

This Mary Sanderson Cocktail is perfect for your next party or Hocus Pocus movie night.

It’s made with whiskey and rum, and it’s sure to keep everyone in a festive mood. Cheers!

And for more seasonal drinks, check out my List of 20+ Halloween Cocktails For Spooky Soirées & Parties!

A glass of red cocktail garnished with cherries and mint and with dry ice smoke flowing out. Halloween decorations in the background with an image of Mary Sanderson. Text overlay says"Mary Sanderson Cocktail". Images of the same cocktail feature throughout with different text overlay unless otherwise described.

Affiliate Disclosure
We have included affiliate links to products and services related to the topic of this post.
This post contains affiliate links, and we will be compensated if you purchase after clicking on those links.
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Read Our Full Disclosure Policy and Privacy Policy

Mary Sanderson Cocktail

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Conjur up some magic with this Mary Sanderson cocktail!

Perfect for Halloween and Hocus Pocus movie nights (have you watched Hocus Pocus 2 yet?!), this drink is made with whiskey, cherry vanilla rum, and cranberry juice.

You can even add some dry ice to make it bubble and smoke – just like a witch’s potion!

The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!


Ingredients Used In This Cocktail

For your convenience, I’ve linked any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe to Amazon below.

  • Crown Royal Whiskeya Canadian whiskey, but you can use any kind of whiskey you like
  • Captain Morgan Cherry Vanilla Spiced Rum if you can’t source this rum, use a cherry rum, or a spiced rum
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Silver Luster Dust – a food-safe powder that adds a shimmer to drinks.
  • Maraschino Cherriesto garnish the cocktail along with mint sprigs.
  • Dry Ice Chipsthis is an optional extra to add a spooky smoke effect to your cocktails. If you’ve never used dry ice before, please read the info about it below to ensure you use it safely. In the US you may find dry ice in grocery stores like Walmart. In the UK, there are online retailers, like chillstick.com

This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.


Using Dry Ice in Cocktails

  • Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide (CO2) with a surface temperature of -109°F/-78.5°C.
  • Never touch dry ice directly as it can burn skin similar to frostbite.
  • Do not swallow dry ice – it can burn GI tissue.
  • Dry ice skips the liquid part of melting completely and instead turns to gas (the smoky effect!) immediately when placed in a cocktail (or other drink).
  • Ensure that you buy food-grade dry ice.
  • Food grade means that it uses the same CO2 that is used in soda fountains.
  • Do not store it in the fridge or freezer.
  • Do not store in a sealed container. Dry ice is CO2 which can build up and explode!
  • Keep it in the container it was supplied in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Dry ice is safe for use in cocktails and drinks.
  • You only need a small piece (1″/2.5cm) to give a nice smoking effect.
  • Use gloves and tongs during handling.
  • Dry ice will settle at the bottom of a drink and doesn’t harm the drink in any way.
  • The bubbling smoky effect will happen as soon as you add the dry ice, so get ready with your camera!
  • The effect will last for around 10 minutes but will be at its best in the first 3-5 minutes.
  • Once the smoke has gone, the dry ice will have evaporated.
  • Always read the dry ice suppliers’ FAQs/Safety Tips when you purchase dry ice, such as this one from Dry Ice Supply UK.
Ingredients to Make a Hocus Pocus Mary Cocktail

More Hocus Pocus Cocktails To Make

Want to make more cocktails for your Hocus Pocus Movie Night? Here they are!

Cocktail Party Appetizers

If you want to serve some appetizers with your drinks, check out these recipes:

Halloween Cocktail with Dry Ice

More Rum Cocktails

If your favorite liquor is rum, you may like to try these cocktails:

Halloween Cocktail Glasses on Amazon


Mary Sanderson Cocktail Variations

I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, like how to turn the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Mary Sanderson Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a Mary Sanderson drink too, we simply remove the alcohol and replace it!

In a cocktail shaker, shake together:

  • 1 oz Cherry Syrup
  • 1 oz Vanilla Syrup
  • 4 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 tsp Silver Luster Dust

Pour into a glass with ice and top up with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries and mint sprigs.

Avoid using dry ice chips in drinks for children. While dry ice is safe to use in drinks, it should not be swallowed when solid, or touch bare skin. Dry ice chips will evaporate in about 10 minutes in a drink.

I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.

I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.

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. There are other brands, but this one was more widely available.

  • Instead of whiskey try Lyre’s American Malt
  • Instead of the cherry vanilla rum, you could use syrups as above, or try the spiced rum alternative, Lyre’s Spice, or a combination of them.

Simply use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the alcoholic ones in the recipe card.

Frozen Mary Sanderson Cocktail

Want to turn this drink into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! You could do the same with the mocktail version too.

Mary Sanderson Cocktail For a Crowd!

Want to make a big batch of this Hocus Pocus beverage for a party or gathering? It’s so easy!

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 big batch of the Mary Sanderson Cocktail, mix together:

  • 2 parts Crown Royal Whiskey
  • 2 parts Captain Morgan Cherry Vanilla Spiced Rum
  • 4 parts Cranberry Juice
  • Silver luster dust – use enough to create a nice shimmer effect

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers, or pitchers, or go really retro and serve from a punch bowl! Whichever container best suits your event (and the drink!).

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice to keep the cocktail chilled. And you can add some fruit garnish in there too such as maraschino cherries, and mint leaves.

Or why not skewer the fruit onto cocktail picks for guests to garnish their drink?

When setting up your bar serving area, you could include:

Mary Sanderson Cocktail with Whiskey & Rum

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.

How Do I Make Mary Sanderson Cocktail?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.


Mary Sanderson Cocktail

Michelle Ordever
This Mary Sanderson Cocktail with Whiskey & Rum is perfect for your next Halloween party or Hocus Pocus movie night!
No ratings yet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 441 kcal


  • 2 oz Crown Royal Whiskey
  • 2 oz Captain Morgan Cherry Vanilla Spiced Rum
  • 4 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 tsp Silver luster dust
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Mint Sprigs
  • Dry ice chips
  • Ice


  • Place the whiskey, rum, cranberry juice, and luster dust into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake for 10-15 seconds until combined.
  • Place a few dry ice chips into an 8oz glass and add some regular ice on top.
  • Pour your cocktail over the ice and garnish with maraschino cherries and mint.
  • The dry ice will smoke for up to 10 minutes but is best in the first 3-5 minutes. Do not swallow dry ice or touch it with your bare skin.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 16g

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.

Tried this recipe? Share it!Tag @_ThePurplePumpkinBlog on Instagram with the hashtag #TPPBRecipes!

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!

We love the kits from Lock Paper Scissors, and with their Spooktacular Big Escape Room Halloween Box, which contains 4 different bone-chilling kits, you can save BIG!

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 1920’s Gatsby-style murder mystery game of debaucherous luxury and deadly feuds.
  • 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 must be vigilant if they hope to break into the evil government’s W.A.R. facility.
  • Escape Room Z: The living dead are about to invade your living room. What do they want? Your pizza, of course!

Make It A Party!

The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to create a full menu for a dinner party or special meal?

There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.

The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration; including recipes, printables, crafts, and more!

Crafty October on The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Please Share This Post!