It’s that time of year again!
The nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder and things are starting to get spooky. Yes, it’s less than a month until everyone’s favourite holiday - Halloween!
Some might say that Halloween is a pretty confectionary-driven holiday. That it’s all about the sweet stuff; chocolates, trick-or-treating, and stuffing your grubby little face with candy until you either pass out from hyperglycemia, or you have to be wheeled to the emergency room for a stomach pump of shame.
Or maybe that’s just me?
Anyhow - if you’re serious about getting into the Halloween spirit, but you’d rather skip the candy and get straight to the alcohol (we all know it’s the best part of any party or celebration), then read on. We’ve pulled together our favourite Halloween cocktails from around the web; everything from the spooky to the sickly to the downright delicious.
Some of these really do put the ‘boo’ in booze. (sorry)
This dark and dramatic looking cocktail absolutely screams Halloween! The recipe includes black vodka, orange and cherry juice, and edible 'pearl dust' to give it a magical glittering effect.
The Witches Heart
Celebrate Halloween with this beautiful, theatrical cocktail that’s sure to impress everyone! This naughty little brew contains apple brandy (or apple vodka if you prefer), grenadine, and shimmery blackberry liqueur - all served up in a stylish martini glass with dry ice to create a spooky smoke effect!
Bloody Zombie Rum Cocktail
Blood orange, pomegranate and cranberry juice creates the blood-red colour of this cocktail, with maple syrup for sweetness and sliced blood oranges for picks. The full cocktail recipe has a few variations - so you can change things up depending on what type cocktail you'd like to serve at your party. Just be sure to serve it in some edgy gothic glassware for the full theatrical effect!
The Corpse Reviver No.2
This interesting concoction is actually a classic cocktail from Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, published way back in 1930. It is a more palatable version of the original 'Corpse Reviver' cocktail, which is thought to date back to 1871! While more palatable than the original, Corpse Reviver No.2 certainly packs a punch - containing equal parts lemon juice, gin, Cointreau, Kina Lillet and a dash of Absinthe for good measure!
Halloween Monster Floats
This fun looking cocktail looks as good as it tasted! The fun candy kabobs can be made using any Halloween candies and sweets you like - and the cocktail itself is super easy too! It's just a lemonade and lime sherbet float, but I think you could safely add a splash or two of vodka to spice things up a little bit. Also note: this cocktail looks best served in tall glassware because of the frothy top.
Mr Hyde Potion
Go from an intelligent, civilized and generally refined person to an evil monster in just a few glasses with this strong, aromatic 'Mr Hyde' potion. It contains vodka, blackberry liqueur, parfait amour liqueur, fresh lavender and other delicious ingredients. The full recipe calls for dry ice (a firm favourite for halloween drinks), but I think this one is tasty enough without the pagentry.
Candy Corn Jello Shots
Nothing screams 'Halloween' like the striped colours of candy corn! While this sweet candy itself doesn't have a distinct flavour profile (it's prettymuch just sugar), it's synonymous with halloween die to it's distinctive colours. The recipe for these cute jello shots calls for vanilla vodka, orange jello, sweetened condensed milk and yellow food-colouring - all served in tall shot glasses so that you can see the stripes of colour. The end result looks truly delicious!
How beautiful and sassy does this witches brew cocktail look? It's super simple and easy to make with just three ingredients; 2 ounces purple liqueur, 2 ounces dry champagne or prosecco and dry ice. Simply mix together and serve in a long stemmed glass so that you can see the gorgeous violet colour. Extra style points awareded for glitter spider props!
Containing 2 oz vodka, cranberry juice, a splash of ginger ale and our old friend dry ice - this Halloween cocktail is so much more tasty than it's ghoulish name would indicate.The recipe suggests dropping a small piece of dry ice into the cocktail and waiting until it has melted completely - then garnishing with a maraschino cherry, but you could opt for another red fruit like strawberries, raspberries or even cranberries. Feel free to mix things up and get creative - it's Halloween after all!
Monster Mash Margarita
We love the presentation on this one - the black and white straws paired with the creepy eyeball stirrers give the drink a fun look, while the recipe itself is far more grown up! This tasty little number contains Silver Tequila, blood orange juice, simple syrup and lime juice, as well as fresh rosemary and blood orange slices for garnish.
Which one of these Halloween cocktails are you dying to try? Let us know!