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Bringing together all the spooky haunted graveyard vibes with The Grave Digger cocktail. Smoky mezcal (or tequila) mixed with a splash of orange liquor, spiced apple cider, a touch of citrusy lemon, bitters, and spicy ginger beer. This Halloween cocktail is the perfect warming October cocktail to sip on with friends and family this month. Finish this smoky libation off with smoking rosemary for an extra eerie touch.

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Happy to be back for yet another HBH spooky Cocktail Saturday recipe! I LOVE these posts so much. And I LOVE this Grave Digger cocktail. It includes many of the ingredients I enjoy most in fall, with the addition of smoky mezcal. Not too sweet, perfectly spiced, and just a touch bit smoky.

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The very quick details…

First, find your favorite bottle of smoky mezcal. Or if you don’t enjoy mezcal, use your favorite silver tequila. But know that the mezcal is what gives this drink its smokiness.

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Now, add a splash of orange liquor, spiced cider, a little lemon, and a dash of bitters. Shake, and strain into glasses, then top off with ginger beer.

Simple…but so spookily good.

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To make this extra eerie, add a sprig of rosemary and light it on fire. It adds to the ambiance of this mysterious drink and infuses it with a touch of rosemary too.

Have a graveyard smash of a Saturday and enjoy!

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Looking for other spooky cocktail recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Sleepy Hollow Cocktail

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

“I put a Spell on You” Poison Apple Martini

The Black Widow Smash

The Deathly Hallows Cocktail

Lastly, if you make the Grave Digger, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 213 kcal

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  • 2 ounces mezcal or tequila (1/4 cup)
  • 2 ounces spiced apple cider (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (orange liquor)
  • 2 dashes rosemary or orange bitters (optional)
  • ginger beer, for topping
  • rosemary, for serving


  • 1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
    2. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, lemon juice, Cointreau, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer and a rosemary sprig.
    3. If desired light the rosemary on fire for a smoky effect.
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  1. I’ve made this cocktail for my family 2 weeks in a row now!!! Delicious, festive, & just the right amount of sweetness from the spiced cider. Make this!!

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this cocktail! I tried it with different ratios of ginger beer and we all liked it best with a lot of ginger beer… Definitely a keeper! Don’t skip the fresh rosemary!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this drink – I also ordered the spiced apple cider from amazon. Yummy and a little spicy to warm up on a cold day. 🙂 Thank you!

  4. How many cocktails does this make? I want to make a large batch (for 8 people ) and not sure how I should increase the quantities

    1. It makes one. So if you want to make it for 8 people to possibly have 2 glasses each you’ll need to do probably 32 oz of the tequila and cider.

  5. Dont listen to Anne. going to try this tonight Mezcal can be agrssive. I like it though. we tried out you poiso apple cocktail and it as delish! Ignore Anne and her rude nonconstructive comments you are the best!!!!

  6. 5 stars
    My husband is picky af and we both LOVED these cocktails!! I omitted the bitters just because we didn’t have it and did 1/2 the cider for him to take down the sweetness. We kept the party going into Sunday with these & truffle pumpkin seeds! DELISH.

  7. 5 stars
    I loved this, didn’t think I would since I bought the cheapest bottle of Mezcal I could find and used orange bitters instead.
    Some drinks aren’t for everyone. Instead of being explosively rude in the comments try one TGs other drinks….her garden cherry bourbon smash is wonderful! And it would be a great Halloween drink. I didn’t really like ginger beer or mules but I tried a couple of recipes and now I am hooked.

  8. 1 star
    Girl, please stick to the food… these were NOT good last night. Please keep doin what you do best, your food is amazing:)

  9. I have several types of bitters, but no rosemary! What do you think would be the best sub? Angostura, Peychaud’s, orange…? I also have one called Corazon that’s coffee, chocolate, chile, and oregano.

    1. Hi there! I would choose whichever one you prefer, but maybe the orange? Whatever you like best! 🙂 xTieghan

  10. Yum! Yum! Yum! Light and approachable. We are surprised that is did not have sweetener but it did not need it.

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe! I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed 🙂 xTieghan

      1. Hi. They look exactly like the plastic ones at the big box & party supply stores. Much cheaper than the PB glass ones.