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This spooky Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail is the perfect cocktail recipe to serve for your adult Halloween party. It’s easy to make with only 4 ingredients and has an eye-catching blood red color.
There are also some other great fall-flavored drinks that work well for Halloween, such as this pumpkin spice margarita.
Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail History
The Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail is said to go back to the 1800s when it was first created by a bartender in New Orleans.
It became popular when it was mentioned in the classic novel “Dracula” and has since been a favorite cocktail recipe for Halloween parties due to its red blood-like color.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Spooky — This bright red martini is the perfect blood-red color. Add in a red sugar rim and you have a great, spooky cocktail.
- Balanced — Unlike a classic martini, this vodka drink is not too strong, but it also isn’t overly sweet.
- Simple — It takes only a few minutes to prepare this drink, and you only need 4 ingredients that are easy to find.
- Easy to Scale — If you are making this cocktail for a large party, this is an easy recipe to scale up for a crowd.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Chambord: Chambord is a rich, fruity, black raspberry liqueur that is easy to find in most liquor stores. If you can’t find Chambord, you can use any type of raspberry liqueur, or use this raspberry syrup as a substitute.
- Vodka: Use your favorite brand of mid-shelf vodka. If you have flavored vodka, such as cranberry vodka, raspberry vodka or lemon vodka, that would work well also.
- Cranberry Juice: Flavor-wise any type of cranberry juice works in this cocktail. However, red cranberry juice helps give the drink its bright red color.
- Prosecco: Use Prosecco or any other type of bubbly, such as Cava or Champagne. You can also use a sparkling rosé which will enhance the red color of the drink.
How To Make A Vampire Kiss Cocktail
Step 1: Add the cranberry juice, vodka and Chambord to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain.
Step 2: Top with Prosecco and serve immediately.
- Create a red rim. Use granulated sugar with a few drops of red food coloring, fake edible blood or red decorating icing to create a red rim, adding to the creepy presentation of the drink.
- Serve in a Halloween cocktail glass. Serve this cocktail in a Halloween-themed cocktail glass, such as a vampire glass or a skull glass.
- Chill the glasses. Since this drink is not served on ice, serving it in chilled cocktail glasses will help keep it cool for longer.
- Serve in a punch bowl. As a simple option for serving a large group of guests, mix all the ingredients together in a punch bowl or large pitcher and let guests serve themselves.
Never put dry ice in any type of cocktail as this is a safety hazard if it is accidentally consumed. However, you can serve this cocktail on a platter with dried ice in the background for aesthetic purposes.
For a mocktail version of this recipe, leave out the vodka and replace the Chambord with raspberry syrup. Replace the Prosecco with sparkling non-alcoholic wine.
You can use any type of raspberry liqueur — it doesn’t have to be Chambord. But as a substitute, you can use raspberry simple syrup instead.