Top 5 Halloween Cocktails

Hosting a Halloween Party this weekend? We got your covered. Top 5 cocktails to try.

1. Salem Witch Reviver

Courtesy of Behind This Wall on Mare Street in Hackney. 

Ingredients

  • 25ml El Dorado 3yr Old rum,
  • 25ml Bittermens New Orleans Coffee liqueur,
  • 25ml Maraska liqueur

Instructions

Salem Witch Cocktail

Salem Witch Cocktail

Fill cheater tin with ice

Add:

  • 25ml El Dorado 3yr Old rum,
  • 25ml Bittermens New Orleans Coffee liqueur,
  • 25ml Maraska liqueur

Stir until tin is fully frosted, count about 21 seconds, strain contents of tin into Martini glass. Garnish with Maple Candied Apple and serve.

You can try the original cocktail at the Behind This Wall (£9)

Photo by Alex Zalewska

Black Devil Matrini

Black Devil Matrini

2. Black Devil Martini

Dark rum and a black olive garnish give this martini its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • black olive
  • orange sugar

Instructions

Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives.

Mr. Hyde Potion

Mr. Hyde Potion

3. Mr. Hyde Potion

Unleash your Halloween guests’ hidden wild side with this potent potable. Made with vodka, aromatic herbs and blackberry liqueur, it’s frightfully refreshing. Noone is saying it’s going to be easy but it will be worth it.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
  • 1 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup, available at most liquor stores
  • 4 lavender sprigs
  • 8 blackberries
  • 9 dry ice (optional) Note: Always observe dry ice safety measures: Never touch dry ice with bare skin and do not swallow.
  • 10 Purple sanding sugar for rim (optional)

Instructions

  • Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.
  • Place 2 blackberries on each lavender sprig and set aside. Tip: For best results, insert a toothpick through blackberry first to make a small hole for the lavender stem.
  • Cut and juice lemon. Strain to remove pulp, if desired. Add spirits, syrups and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds).
Bat's Blood Cocktail

Bat’s Blood Cocktail

4. Bat’s Blood

R&B Distillers have teamed up with bartender Sean Robertson at Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh, to create the ultimate Halloween cocktail inspired by R&B Distillers‘ resident bat population at the site of their distillery build.

Bat’s Blood is made with Raasay While We Wait Whisky; it will be available at Harry’s Bar for one night only on 31st October for £5. And if you can’t make it to Edinburgh, you can enjoy it at home, any time you plan to impress your guests. 

Ingredients

  • 50ml R&B Distillers Raasay While We Wait Single Malt whisky
  • 12.5ml Creme Cacao Brun
  • 12.5ml Chambord
  • 1 dash of plum bitters

Instructions

Stir down the ingredients for 15-20 seconds. Serve in a coupe glass and garnish with flamed orange peel.

Bloody Brain

Bloody Brain

5. Bloody Brain Shooter

Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of ‘brain.’

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 oz. strawberry vodka such as Stoli
  • 1/8 oz. Rose’s lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • splash of grenadine

Instructions

Chill vodka for better smoothness. Add vodka and lime juice to a shaker; shake, then strain into a shot glass. Using a straw, dip some Bailey’s Irish Cream into the shot. Once you submerge the straw into the Bailey’s, put your finger on top of the straw to hold the Bailey’s in the straw. Dip the straw tip into the vodka and slowly release your top finger. The Bailey’s will curdle a little bit due to the lime juice and you should be able to make strands of Bailey’s.

Repeat the straw/Bailey’s process to build a “brain” in the shot glass. Add a splash of grenadine to the concoction to add the “blood” to the mix. Down the hatch as a shot.

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