3 more Halloween cocktails that aren't completely tacky. Probably.

Another year, another Halloween, another excuse for mixologists everywhere to reach for the dry ice, goblet-shapes glasses and any ingredient that contains the words ‘dark’, ‘black’ or ‘blood’. Or just make a Zombie and don’t think twice about it. Whatever floats your ghost.

If you are planning on celebrating this finest of occasions and need some inspiration when it comes to making or serving suitably ghoulish cocktails, then you’re in luck. I already did a round-up of Halloween drinks last year:

5 Halloween cocktails that aren’t completely tacky. Maybe.

But then what kind of two-bit blogger would I be if I didn’t try to capitalise on this calendar moment with more of the same #topicalcontent? So here’s a few more drinks I have created to add to the list and try out... IF YOU DARE! Mwah-ha-haha-haha-ha. Ha.


45ml Dry Gin
45ml Dry Vermouth
10ml Italicus di Bergamotto
1tsp Green Chartreuse
Peychauds Bitters

Method: Stir the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add the Peychauds and let it settle to the top of the drink.
This is a spooOOOooky adaptation of the Merry Widow, in Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail book. I’ve basically updated the formula, swapped in Italicus and Chartreuse for Benedictine and absinthe and - most importantly - given it a cool colour effect and a vaguely undeady name.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte Vodka Shot

15ml Pumpkin-Spice-Infused Vodka
15ml Cold Brew Liqueur
15ml Hazelnut Liqueur
Single Cream

Method: Shake the first three ingredients with ice, strain into the shot glass and float the cream on top.
Every year at around this time I try to create some kind of cocktail based on everyone's favourite autumn coffee drink: the Pumpkin Spiced Latte. This is 2018's version - a shot version of the drink, with extra cream on top.

Stoker's Kiss

2.5oz White Rum
3/4oz Lime Juice
1/2oz Lanique Rose Petal Liqueur
1/4oz Maraschino Liqueur
Maraschino Syrup

Method: Pour the maraschino syrup around the rim of the glass and let it run down inside. Then chill to set while you make the drink. Shake the first four ingredients with ice and pour into the glass.
What's a menu of Halloween-themed drinks without one vampiric option? This started with the idea of having a blood trickle effect within the glass, and I built out the rest of the cocktail around that. Bram would be proud. It's ok, we're on first-name terms.
There you go. Three drinks for inspiration, and don't forget about last year's batch of Halloween recipes too. Please click and enjoy... IF YOU DARE! Mwah-ha-h- etc.

Tags: Halloween, Calendar Dates

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