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11 Creepy Halloween Cocktail Concoctions

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Zoe knows a lot about simple ingredients and how they can be used around the home, in the kitchen, or in a beauty regimen.

Halloween Cocktails

Halloween Cocktails

These colourful cocktails are the perfect potions to add some hocus pocus to any Halloween party! There are a few original ideas and some classics to choose from that range from the very straightforward to a little more involved. If you have a query about the making of any of them, feel free to ask!

Vampire's Kiss Cocktail

Vampire's Kiss Cocktail

1. Vampire's Kiss

The drippy, red rim makes this cocktail. It is a little time-consuming but worth it.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25 milliliters vodka
  • 20 milliliters cherry brandy
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Champagne or Prosecco
  • 100 grams (0.44 cups) sugar
  • 50 milliliters (1/4 cup) light corn syrup, for example, Karo
  • 50 milliliters (1/4 cup) water
  • Drop or two of red food colouring

Instructions:

  1. First, prepare the blood sugar rim. Using the above measurements you will end up with more red, rim coating than you need but in order to dunk the cocktail glass successfully, you really need to make at least this quantity. To begin, add the sugar, syrup and water to a pan and heat without stirring.
  2. Use a probe to measure the temperature. Once the mixture has reached 300 degrees Fahrenheit add a few drops of food colouring.
  3. Dip your cocktail glass into the red syrup as little or as much as you desire. The drips will dribble down and create a good, vampire-esk, bloody effect on the glass.
  4. Add the vodka, cherry brandy and grenadine to a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and shake.
  5. Strain into your glass and top with prosecco or champagne.
  6. Serve.

Tip:

Remove the red rim from the glass by using hot water of singe-worthy temperature and scrub hard.

Blue Boo Halloween Cocktail

Blue Boo Halloween Cocktail

2. Blue Boo

This electric blue cocktail really looks the part, and the zing of the blue sugar, lime, and Blue Bols gives it a pleasant sherbet-tasting fizz.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40 milliliters Malibu
  • 25 milliliters Blue Bols
  • 20 milliliters lime juice
  • Lemonade (or similar such as 7up or Sprite)
  • Blue food colouring
  • Coarse or granulated sugar

Instructions:

  1. Mix a couple of drops of blue food colouring with a handful of sugar and spread over a plate.
  2. Wipe a wedge of lime with a slit down the middle around the edge of a chilled martini glass.
  3. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the blue sugar. If you scrape the sugar into a smallish pile and dunk a bit of the rim at a time you will get better overall coverage.
  4. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the Blue Bols, Malibu and lime juice.
  5. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker has frosted.
  6. Strain into the rimmed glass.
Halloween Margarita

Halloween Margarita

3. L'Incantevole Regina Margarita (The Enchanting Queen Margaret)

This Halloween-themed margarita looks the part with bright orange liquid and a salty, black rim. But be warned, the black sea salt is intensely strong, and it is advisable to sip this drink through a straw to avoid saline overload!

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25 milliliters triple sec
  • 25 milliliters Reposado Tequila
  • 1-2 limes
  • 60 milliliters sugar syrup
  • Black sea salt for the rim
  • Orange colouring (This neon orange gel works a treat)

Instructions:

  1. Make the sugar syrup if you don't have any prepared. Add equal parts of caster sugar and water to a pan. Dissolve the sugar and then put it in the fridge to cool.
  2. Crush up a handful of black sea salt and spread over a plate.
  3. Cut a wedge of lime and slit it down the middle then wipe it around the rim of a Margarita glass and get busy dipping each section of the rim circumference into the salt. Use the a knife to carefully push the salt around the edge if it doesn't stick readily.
  4. Squeeze 20 milliliters of fresh lime.
  5. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the tequila, Cointreau, lime, sugar syrup and orange juice.
  6. Shake for about 15-20 seconds.
  7. Strain into the prepared glass.

For a Slushy Cocktail:

  • To make this a slightly diluted, slushy Halloween cocktail add the ingredients to a blender with plenty of ice. If you wanted to simply chill the cocktail rather than make a frozen drink you could add just a few ice cubes into the blender. For the cocktail pictured, about half a dozen ice cubes were used to get a semi-slushy effect and to get a bit more volume so there was enough liquid to fill the glass.
Black Salt

Black Salt

Screwed Up Screwdriver - Black Vodka and Orange

Screwed Up Screwdriver - Black Vodka and Orange

4. Screwed-Up Screwdriver

A twist to a classic cocktail in the form of black vodka. It might look like there is rather a generous measure of alcohol in the photo pictured but the black does seep down and begin encroaching on the orange very easily.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40 milliliters black vodka such as Blavod
  • 200 milliliters orange juice (adjust to glass size)
  • Licorice to garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Fill a high ball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the orange juice.
  3. Carefully pour the black vodka on top of the orange juice over the back of a spoon so that it rests on top.
  4. Stick the licorice to the edge of the glass. If you put anything like a straw or stirrer in the glass it will ruin the orange and black layers but make sure you mix it up before you drink it as you will either have an immediate nasty shock or (if drunk through a straw) a load of juice followed by a huge hit of more or less neat vodka!
Fruit Bat Brew Halloween Cockail

Fruit Bat Brew Halloween Cockail

5. Fruit Bat Brew

Simple, very easy to put together and pretty tasty to boot!

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25 milliliters black vodka
  • 25 milliliters cherry brandy
  • 150 milliliters forest fruits juice or cherry and blackcurrant juice or similar
  • Raspberries and blackberries for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Add the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain the contents into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Spear a couple of blackberries and a raspberry onto a cocktail stick and balance on the side of the glass.
  4. Serve.
Devil's Punch Bowl Halloween Cocktail

Devil's Punch Bowl Halloween Cocktail

6. Devils Punch Bowl

A refreshing punch drink with a slimy side that will slip and sliver down the throat a treat!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40 milliliters gold rum
  • 20 milliliters Malibu
  • 20 milliliters grenadine
  • 150 milliliters pineapple juice
  • 150 milliliters orange juice
  • Creepy crawly sweets to decorate

Instructions:

  1. Add all the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Half fill a bowl-shaped glass with ice.
  3. Strain the drink into the glass.
  4. Decorate with creepy crawlies.
Creepy Peepy Passion Cocktail

Creepy Peepy Passion Cocktail

7. Creepy Peepy Passion

Passion fruit has a ghoulish, slightly putrid spawn element to it without adding any lychee eyeball accompaniment, with a touch of bitters and fizz of sparkling they make the perfect Halloween potion.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Champagne or Prosecco
  • Angostura bitters
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 1 white sugar cube
  • Lychees and blueberries for eyeballs (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add 5 drops of Angostura bitters to the bottom of a champagne flute.
  2. Drop in the sugar cube.
  3. Pour over the sparkling wine of your choice.
  4. Take out the pulp of the passion fruit and put about a third of it into the glass.
  5. If you want an eyeball garnish or two, pop blueberries into lychees and skewer with cocktail sticks.
Wired Web Halloween Cocktail

Wired Web Halloween Cocktail

8. Wired Web

It's smooth, it's silky, it's chocolate-vodka heaven in a glass, or should that be hell?!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters chocolate liqueur
  • 20 milliliters vodka espresso
  • 20 milliliters Kahlua
  • Liquid chocolate
  • Chocolate bugs to decorate

Instructions:

  1. Carefully squeeze the chocolate around the inside of the glass.
  2. Add the spirits to a jug with ice and gently mix.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with chocolate bugs.
Hocus Pocus Pumpkin

Hocus Pocus Pumpkin

9. Hocus Pocus Pumpkin

The face on the bowl-shaped glass makes this pumpkin-themed, orange-tastic drink so get ready to be a bit crafty!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Black electrical tape to decorate the glass
  • 50 milliliters vodka
  • 30 milliliters triple sec
  • 200 milliliters+ carrot and orange juice
  • Fizzy orange or lemon

Instructions:

  1. Use scissors, a Stanley knife or scalpel to cut up the black electrical tape into a scary pumpkin face.
  2. Pour the vodka, triple sec and juice into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain into a bowl-shaped glass and top with the fizzy drink.

Tip:

If you want to enhance the orange colour, use a drop or two of colouring.

Black Cat Cocktail

Black Cat Cocktail

10. Black Cat Cocktail

This classic Halloween cocktail has to be included in the drinks lineup of any self-respecting ghoulish gathering!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25 milliliters vodka (use black vodka for added darkness)
  • 25 milliliters cherry brandy
  • 30 milliliters cranberry juice
  • 30 milliliters coke
  • Maraschino cherry garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add ice to a tumbler.
  2. Pour the ingredients.
  3. Serve.
Radioactive Arachnid Halloween Cocktail

Radioactive Arachnid Halloween Cocktail

11. Radioactive Arachnid

We complete the set of bewitching beverages with a green-themed Halloween cocktail!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25 milliliters Midori
  • 25 milliliters vodka
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Orange or lemon-flavoured fizzy drink (I used orange Fanta)
  • 1 lemon
  • Lychee and strawberry laces as optional ghoulish garnish.

Instructions:

  1. If you are adding the red laces to the cocktail then start by threading a few through the middle of a lychee and evenly distribute on each side.
  2. Put the lychee in the bottom of a martini glass and spread out the laces, wrapping the ends around the stem of the glass.
  3. Pour in the grenadine first, followed by the Midori and vodka.
  4. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and top with a fizzy drink such as orange or lemon Fanta.

You can mix up this drink rather than layering it in the glass if you prefer.

Comments

Zoe (author) from London, England on September 03, 2014:

Cheers Susan! Much appreciated!

Susan from India on September 03, 2014:

Sounds very scary but looks good. Thanks for sharing this for the upcoming halloween season. Voted up.