One of the best things about the nights closing in is all the fab opportunities to stay indoors with friends and family… Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas all provide amazing excuses to throw a party. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be a nice idea to share some lovely ghoulish cocktails for your next monster-inspired soiree!
Let’s start things really simply, with a cocktail that looks like the contents of a witches cauldron. Despite its dour look, it tastes wonderful. You can always embellish with a few ghastly sugary treats…
3 Ounces of Stout beer like London Porter or Guinness
3 Ounces of any dry sparkling wine or champagne
Pour the stout into a large Champagne flute and slowly top up with the sparkling wine. Stir gently. Easy!
BLOOD AND SAND
This is a wonderful autumnal drink, with a suitably horror-inducing name! The name of the cocktail apparently is derived from a film starting Rudolph Valentino back in the 1920’s, and thankfully is not a reference to the ingredients.
1 ounce scotch whiskey
3/4 ounce Cherry Heering
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
1 maraschino cherry or orange peel curl for decoration
Add the whiskey, Cherry Heering, vermouth and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry or orange peel curl.
Bear with us on this one… I know it looks like something that the creature from the black lagoon would emerge from, but isn’t that the point of a Halloween cocktail?! Suspend your horror for one moment, and grab the insides from that Jack O’Lantern you made earlier and get making!
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons of vodka
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablesppon of pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Combine the sugar and a pinch of the pumpkin pie spice on a plate. Then dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water then dip in the sugar/spice to coat the rim.
In a shaker filled with ice combine the vodka, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanila extract, nutmeg and the remaining pumpkin spice. Shake vigorously then strain into the glass you prepared earlier.
With a name like that, there was no way we could not include this cocktail on our list. There are a lot of elements to this cocktail, and it’s more of a Tikki drink, to be enjoyed on the veranda of a room overlooking a sun-kissed beach, but it’s called a Zombie! Perfect for your army of living dead guests in our opinion!
25ml of rum
25ml of spiced rum
15ml of orange liqueur
15ml of apricot brandy
50ml of orange juice
25ml of lime juice
25ml of pineapple juice
15ml of grenadine
1 slice of orange
1 piece of pineapple
1 mint sprig
Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add both rums, orange liqueur, apricot brandy, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine and pineapple juice into the shaker. Shake until cold – the outside of the shaker will feel cold. Strain into a tall glass over ice. Garnish with the cherry and the pineapple wedge.
2 ice cubes
double shot of vodka
half a lemon, juice only
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
150ml/5fl oz tomato juice
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka. Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well. Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
And there you go! Five perfect Halloween cocktails to serve this week. Don’t get too carried away!