4 Spooky Cocktails To Shake Up Your Halloween

Looking to impress your guests this Halloween? The beauty of working with cocktails is the wide range of electrifying colours that you can work with, from bright green to mellow yellow or a deep black. With that in mind, we’ve taken a few classic and simple cocktails and added a bit of Halloween fright to them, for you to mix up this Halloween.

Midnight Martini

We’re taking the classic Gin martini and turning this jet black with the help of squid ink. Squid ink has a subtle briny flavour to it which works perfectly in a martini.

Whilst a martini is traditionally stirred, squid ink is a viscous liquid that will require shaking in order to properly combine, but by all means, try stirring first if you’re a purist.

Add all of the following ingredients to a shaker, shake hard with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with black olives on a stick;

  • Coat the ice in a shaker with approximately 10ml of Dry Vermouth, then pour the Vermouth away (keeping the ice)
  • Add 50ml of high quality London Dry Gin such as Fords or Portobello Road
  • 1/8 teaspoon of squid ink

Toxic Waste

This recipe will create a bright yellow-green drink that has a fantastic tropical taste.

Add all of the following ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake with ice and serve in a cocktail glass;

  • 25ml Vodka
  • 25ml Midori Japanese Melon Liqueur
  • 50ml Pressed Pineapple Juice
  • 15ml Fresh Lime Juice (approx half a lime)
  • 1 egg white

Hearty Punch

Another tropical drink, the rich red colour of your finished drink will look fit for a vampire.

Add all of the following ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake with ice and serve over ice in a long glass;

  • 35ml Dark Rum, such as Blackwell Black Gold Jamaican Rum
  • 15ml Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 25ml Pressed Pineapple Juice
  • 25ml Pressed Orange Juice
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 15ml Grenadine Syrup

Bloody Bellini

A very simple twist on the classic Bellini, making use of thick grenadine syrup to resemble blood.

  • Pour a tablespoon of Peach or Raspberry Purée into the Champagne flute
  • Top with Prosecco or Champagne

To finish, carefully pour grenadine (recommend using a pour-spout for accuracy) at the top of the inside of a Champagne flute, allowing it to run down the inside of the glass to resemble dripping blood.


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