Monster Smash – Halloween Cocktail

The Monster Mash is one of the best Halloween songs ever. It’s so good in fact in inspired me to make this Monster Smash.

clear skull glass filled with crushed ice, rum, pineapple juice, Midori, blue Curacao with two red maraschino cherries for eyes on a black surface over a red blood splatter coaster

I looked through my impulse buy filled liquor cabinet and grabbed everything that looked vaguely poisonous. The main picks were a bottle of toxic looking Midori and an equally questionable blue Curacao.

In general I avoid artificial color, I prefer my food fresh and quite limited in what it contains. But when Halloween comes around all that goes out the window and I find myself dying meringues lime green and putting vibrant red maraschinos in all my drinks.

monster smash ingredients, Bacardi rum, pineapple juice Midori and Blue Curacao

The Midori and Blue Curacao gave me a good starting point but it needed something else to bring us to Halloween-Flavortown. Luckily for all of us I have a literal case of pineapple juice sitting on the floor in my kitchen because my mom insisted on taking my sister and I to BJs for school snacks.

My kids left with enough goldfish to feed 11 teenage boys for 6 days and I left with a case of pineapple juice and a case of hard cider.

Those three ingredients, Midori, Blue Curacao & pineapple juice, not the goldfish crackers, along with some good old fashioned rum will go into the shaker with ice. Pineapple juice will foam a bit when you shake it so if that bothers you use a fancy bar spoon to stir it up instead.

 silver cocktail shaker pouring rum, pineapple juice, midori, blue Curacao into a clear skull glass filled with crushed ice with two maraschino for eyes on a black surface

The real fun, and the ‘smash’ in the name comes from the crushed ice you serve the drink over. I’ve found gas station ice, the hollow kind you buy in the sketchy freezers) crushes up really easily wrapped in a tea towel when you take out your aggression with a rubber mallet. My drink of choice this summer was a Watermelon Gin Smash so I got pretty good at beating up ice cubes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fill the serving glass with crushed ice, if you’re really in the Halloween mood shake the juice off a couple maraschino cherries and place them in the glass to act as pupils.

Use the ice to keep the cherries in place, they will bleed into the drink a bit but that’s life and if you can’t have bleeding eyeball monsters for Halloween when can you?

top view of clear skull glass filled with crushed ice, rum, pineapple juice, Midori, blue Curacao with two red maraschino cherries for eyes on a black surface over a red blood splatter coaster

By the way I found these amazing skull glasses at Home Goods but any rocks glass will work. Amazon has some kick ass skull shot glasses (perfect for those Bone Daddy Shots) but I didn’t see anything like these.

Strain the chilled rum, pineapple juice, Midori and Blue Curacao over the crushed ice, top with seltzer and serve it with a straw. Tropical flavored seltzer works really well here but this drink has enough flavor that you’ll still enjoy it even if you only have plain.

As always, Drink Responsibly! Don’t forget to PIN this to your Halloween board!

Monster Smash - Halloween Cocktail

Monster Smash - Halloween Cocktail

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

With a Monster Smash in your hand you'll be the life of the party at your next Monster Bash while you Monster Mash. This tropical tasting Halloween Cocktail gets it's flavor and color from Pineapple Juice, Midori and Blue Curacao


  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Rum
  • 3/4 oz Midori
  • 1/4 oz Blue Curacao
  • Crushed Ice
  • Seltzer
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries (optional)


  1. Fill serving glass with crushed ice, place Maraschino cherries in the ice for eyes
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes, add pineapple juice, rum, Midori and Blue Curacao
  3. Shake until chilled
  4. Strain over crushed ice
  5. Top with Seltzer


If the rum flavor is too strong try adding a bit more pineapple juice

Check out my Halloween Page for more ideas or start here:

two shot glasses filled with white Bone Daddy Shots made from rumchata and black rum sitting on a red blood splatter coaster with a bright green bachground with spooky black branches and text overlay Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Bone Daddy Halloween Shot

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