5 Halloween cocktails that aren't completely tacky. Maybe.
Halloween is a great time if you are a child, a parent of a child or a student at a university where the party dorm next door are due to host one of their legendary Monster Mash Balls. I have experience of two of those things, and am pretty sure I’ve seen the other one happen a lot in TV shows, so I know that Halloween can be very exciting.
But for a mixologist? Or pretend mixologist? Or a guy who likes to blog about things he has shaken in a tin? Halloween can often be a time for tackiness. Blood red sugar syrup dripping everywhere, skull-shaped ice cubes, literally the word ‘boo!’ cut out of lemon peel... you name it, if it visually says ‘Halloween’, it’s going in the glass.
And we should embrace it.
Here are a few ‘craft cocktails’ I created that are the equivalent of a cheap Dracula costume in a party shop.
30ml Lime Juice
15ml Orange Syrup
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
Blood Orange San Pellegrino
Method: Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass. Top up with the San Pellegrino and garnish with lime slices and VERY REAL SPIDERS Mwah-ha-ha-hahahaha.
Pumpkin Spiced Alexander
30ml Creme De Cacao
25ml Single Cream
Method: Shake the first three ingredients with ice, strain into the shaker, add the egg white and shake again without ice. Strain into martini glass and sprinkle cinnamon and grated nutmeg on top.
Fright For Sore Eyes
25ml Ruby Blue Spirits Wild Blueberry Liqueur
15ml Gabriel Boudier Lychee Liqueur
15ml Sugar Syrup
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with inventive eyeballs and vaguely spookily shaped bottles.
Brockmans Halloween Cocktail
25ml Lemon Juice
20ml Honey and Heather Syrup
50ml Pineapple Juice
3 Drops of Black Food Colouring
Method: Shake all ingredients and serve over cubed ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge fan, and spray of edible gold glitter on the outside of the glass.
30ml Amaro Montenegro
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Method: Build the drink in the glass over ice, express orange peel and stir. Garnish with your second attempt at carving an orange peel into the shape of a bat while being grateful that no one will ever see the first one.
There we go. Now I don't need to worry about novelty drinks for a whole yea... oh, wait. CHRISTMAS.