Something Wicked This Way Brews

It’s All Hallow’s Eve—time to lure thirsty victims to your infernal grounds with these delicious drink ideas.


Trick or treat, my sweets! The end of spooky season is upon us, but there is time for one last hurrah before the ghosts and ghouls pack up back to Halloweentown.

We’ve gathered some devilish ideas to thrill and enthrall coffee lovers who stumble into your dark chambers.

The Monin® Black Magic Iced Latte is sure to be a hit in your haunted halls. Photo courtesy of Monin®.

Magical Mischief

Monin® is known for their wicked decoctions, providing syrups perfect for enhancing your deadly brews. This Black Magic Iced Latte, featuring their Black Sugar and Salted Caramel syrups, is a darkly sweet delight.

To brew your own:


  • ½ oz. Monin® Black Sugar Syrup
  • ½ oz. Monin® Salted Caramel Syrup
  • 2 oz. espresso
  • Cold milk or oat milk


  1. Fill 16 oz. serving glass full of ice.
  2. Pour ingredients into serving glass in order listed.
  3. Stir gently to mix, then serve.
Drive your matcha lovers to madness by incorporating unexpected flavor combinations, like white chocolate and bergamot. Photo by MJ Tangonan via Unsplash.

Matcha of Madness

Coffee is not the only beverage that will give you goosebumps. Denver’s gremlin and tea warlock Rowan Self dreamed up a matcha latte fit for any ghoul worth their salt circle. The Spectral Matcha combines the powers of high-grade matcha, bergamot, white chocolate, and oat milk for a green scream. ”It tastes like cereal milk. … I’m proud of it. I cracked the recipe for Froot Loops,” Rowan proclaimed.

Walkie Talkie Coffee is up to their old tricks with the SC’UBE SNACK, an ube milk latte with vanilla and cinnamon. None can resist. Photo courtesy of Walkie Talkie Coffee.

What’s New, Scooby Brew?

Last year Walkie Talkie Coffee struck fear into the hearts of citizens in Canton, Ohio, with their spooky drink menu. This Halloween, they return with other seasonal sensations inspired by the Scooby Gang.

The SC’UBE SNACK is made from espresso with the familiar flavors of vanilla and cinnamon, but what really thrills us is the use of ube milk, which provides a fresh flavor profile and pop of purple color.

Other drinks from our fiendish friends include Bone Apple Tea, THE DAPHNE, and the Let’s Split Up (a no-no in horror films, but a definite yes for this chocolate banana sea salt potion).

No Halloween would be complete without every ghoul’s favorite gourd. Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash.

Cold Pumpkin Concoction

Lest we forget the humble pumpkin—our friendly neighborhood jack-o-lantern, and a seasonal favorite we just can’t get enough of—we turn our attention to a homemade treat sure to please.

Jimmy the Barista is a maestro among mortals, and has devilishly decided to share a pumpkin drink creation for the masses. His recipe for Dairy Free Pumpkin Cold Foam uses real pumpkin (not just the spice), and whips up nicely atop a cold brew or a melt-in-your-mouth hot drink.

We hope you’ve been mystified and inspired by these clever concoctions. Go forth and imbibe to soothe your soul!


J. Marie Carlan (she/they) is the online editor for Barista Magazine. She’s been a barista for 15 years and writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. When she’s not behind the espresso bar or toiling over content, you can find her perusing record stores, collecting bric-a-brac, writing poetry, and trying to keep the plants alive in her Denver apartment. She occasionally updates her blog.


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