I must admit that I love Halloween and the fact that it is becoming a bigger deal here in the UK is music to my ears, albeit jangling, spooky music!  Halloween parties started out as something for the kids but many adults now hold spooky parties complete with toffee apples, zombie finger nibbles and of course Halloween cocktails.  So here are a few fun and easy Halloween cocktails that will look right at home with your horrifying hors d’oeuvres.

Lurid Halloween cocktails

There’s something about blue cocktails that catches the eye and your guests will head straight to them.  Key to most blue cocktails is Blue Curacao which may look really violent but it actually just an orange flavoured liqueur with a brilliant colour.  Blue Curacao is easy to pick up in the supermarket and adds with loads of great ingredients for lurid Halloween cocktails.

Sweet Poison

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 2 ox coconut rum (Malibu)
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • Pineapple juice

Combine the alcohol in a cocktail shaker with ice, give it a shake and pour into a cocktail glass.  Top up with chilled pineapple juice and garnish with a pineapple wedge if you like.

El Diablo

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce crème de cassis
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Ginger beer as required

Add the lime and alcohol to a shaker with ice then shake.  Add to an old-fashioned glass and top with ginger beer as required then add a lime wedge to finish the drink.

Traditional cocktails perfect for Halloween

Halloween cocktails

The classic Bloody Mary

There are plenty of traditional cocktails that just call out to be served on Halloween – the Bloody Mary is one of them.

The Zombie has been around since the 1930s and is one of the golden oldies.  The name alone gets it onto the list of Halloween cocktails but if you are a fan of rum, then this drink will also be a great choice.  It uses three rums, white, golden and dark with 1 part of each.  Added to this is one part apricot brandy, 1 part pineapple juice and 1 part lime juice.  If you want to go with the official recipe, you add ½ part 151 proof rum after the rest of the ingredients are mixed but many cocktail books leave that part out now.  If you do add the last part of rum, you can set the drink on fire if you are brave enough!

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Black Velvet is a simply, two ingredient Halloween cocktail that is easy to make for larger numbers.  All you need is three ounces of stout such as Guinness and the same amount of a dry, sparkling wine.  Add the two into a glass for a midnight black drink.

Blood Orange Margarita

  • 3 ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

You can add all the ingredients into a shaker, mix then serve for a simple Halloween version of the classic.  If you want to take it one step further, rub the rim of the glass with a slice of orange then swirl it in sea salt.

Halloween cocktail punch recipes

The combination of Halloween cocktails and punch recipes are ideal for parties and allow you to go a little bonkers with the decorations!  A simple recipe is the Bloody Blackcurrant Punch – take 1.25 cups brandy, ¼ cup sugar then mix it with four cups of blackcurrant nectar or juice and 1.25 cups of soda water.  Pop it in the fridge until chilled and then you can add eyeballs, skull shaped ice cubes and whatever other novelties you can find to make guests jump when they scoop up a portion!

Caramel Apple Punch

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 ¼ cup spiced rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 red apple, sliced

Halloween cocktails with apple cider have that whole autumnal feel to them and this one is easy to make.  Grab a punch bowl, add the cider, rum and lemon juice then chill for at least 12 hours.  Serve with ice and slices of apple.

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Halloween cocktail shots

Not all drinks need to be long and refined – short and sharp is great for a party and Halloween cocktail shots are perfect, look great and can result in very drunk guests in no time!

Hellraiser

  • ½ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce melon liqueur (Midori)
  • ½ ounce Sambuca

Carefully layer the drinks in the glass in this order by pouring over the back of a bar spoon.  This lets them settle and stay in their colour bands, looking very cool.

Vampire shot

  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice

This one isn’t all alcohol and involves adding the ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Strain into a shot glass – perfect for anyone wearing a vampire costume.

See more Halloween cocktail shots – http://intoxicologist.net/2010/10/conjuring-up-halloween-shots/

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