Seven cocktails that are perfect for a Halloween party at home

It’s spooky season and Halloween is fast approaching which can only mean one thing – time to get the libations prepped for the inevitable covid-friendly gatherings.

Just because we’re only allowed to see a certain number of people in certain places doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a Halloween-y cocktail or two.

Whether you’re looking forward to a quiet one or thirsting after the parties of yesteryear, we’ve put together some seasonal tipples you can easily make at home.

Frogspawn punch

Ingredients:

2 135g packs lime jelly
4 kiwi fruit
Juice of 2 limes
2 ltrs lemonade

Method:

To prepare both of the lime jelly packs, pour the mixture into shallow trays and put the trays in the fridge to set for one hour.

While the jelly sets, peel the kiwis and cut them into big chunks, removing the white pith. Put a few slices aside and blitz the rest in a blender with the lime juice and 750ml of the lemonade for 30 seconds or until the kiwi has blended well.

When the jelly sets, cut it into small cubes and put them at the bottom of a punch bowl before adding the kiwi mixture and the rest of the lemonade. Garnish with the kiwi slices you set aside at the start and add vodka to turn it into a grown-up punch.

Source: Morrisons

Bathtub Blackberry Fizz

Ingredients:

50ml Bathtub Gin
5 Blackberries
200ml of premium tonic
Orange slice and more blackberries to garnish

Method:

Muddle five blackberries at the bottom of a highball glass, add the gin and half the tonic water and stir.

Fill the glass with ice and top with more tonic water then garnish with blackberries and an orange slice.

If you really want to drive the Halloween theme home, then try using gummy vampire teeth as a garnish instead – they’ll go nicely with the reddish colour of the cocktail.

Source: Bathtub Gin

Vampire Negroni 

Ingredients:

25ml Punt E Mes Vermouth
25ml Campari
25ml Sipsmith Gin
Hellfire Habanero Bitters
Wedge of blood orange or pink grapefruit

Method:

Fill a glass with ice cubes and stir the vermouth, Campari and gin together with the ice until the mixture is slightly diluted.

Add four drops of habanero bitters and then more ice cubes to fill the glass.

Garnish with a wedge of blood orange or ruby grapefruit. If you want to make it even more on-theme, gummy vampire teeth and/or eyes would work as a garnish instead.

Source: 400 Rabbits

The Elgin Fizz

Ingredients:

50 ml Glen Moray Fired Oak Single Malt Whisky
10 ml ginger liqueur (such as King’s)
Sparkling apple juice
A cinnamon stick

Method:

The Glen Moray Distillery is located on an old public execution site in Elgin, Scotland, which makes it the perfect ingredient to use in this whiskey-based cocktail.

Fill a glass with ice and stir in the whisky and the ginger liqueur, then top up your glass with the sparkling apple juice and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a twist of orange rind.

To ramp up the creep factor, add a little green food colouring and dry ice.

Source: Glen Moray

Cosmopolitan of Darkness 

Ingredients:

35ml Eristoff black
12.5ml triple sec
35ml cranberry juice
12.5ml lime juice
Dash of Gomme

Method:

All you need to do is combine the ingredients and shake or stir vigorously until they’re well combined.

Then strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and you’re good to go.

If you want to add a garnish, use a lychee with a blackberry pressed inside and drizzle grenadine over it to look like veins in an eye.

Source: Rocket 

Apricot Martini

Ingredients:

2 scoops of apricot jam
25ml apricot brandy
25ml Absolut mandarin
12.5ml lemon juice
25ml apple juice
Black food colouring for decoration

Method:

Just combine then shake or stir all the ingredients and strain the mixture into a glass.

To garnish, draw circles of black food colouring on top then use a toothpick or single prong of a fork to create a feathered spiderweb.

Source: Rocket

The Duppy Defender

Ingredients:

50ml Duppy Share Aged rum
Fever Tree Smoky Ginger Ale
Candied ginger

Method:

This one’s less of a spooky cocktail and more of a simple comforting autumnal twist on a Dark N’ Stormy, which will work perfectly if you want a more chill affair this year.

Pour the rum over an ice cube, then top with the ginger ale and garnish with candied ginger, and voila! It’s that easy.

If you fancy it, garnish with a lime wedge instead.

Source: The Duppy Share

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