Awesome Halloween Cocktails And Drinks To Make At Home

So, you're throwing your own Halloween party. You've invited a load of people over that'll likely eat their own weight in McVities Spooky Cake Bars. You've adorned the door frames, window sills and stairs with amazing looking Halloween decorations and you're ready to open your doors to ghosts, ghouls, gremlins, and likely in once instance, someone not reading the invitation correctly, and arriving as Po from the Teletubbies.

To really show your guests that you have gone the extra mile and are easily the best among your friends at throwing parties, impress them with some of the finest Halloween cocktails and Halloween drinks that you can buy, concoct and create, right there, in your own house.

Halloween Cocktails

Halloween Cocktail

Here are a few of our favourite cocktails in the Jokers' Masquerade offices. Whether it's as simple as the name of the Halloween drink (such is the case with the Zombie) or the key seasonal ingredients that merit its place on this list, we feel that each would make a wonderful addition to your party and have you and your guests dribbling like the undead in no time, if that's what you want.

Zombie

Here's our take on the Zombie. Typically you wouldn't use as much pineapple juice, but we find it sweetens the taste and doesn't make them quite as easy to drink. This is a good thing, especially if you don’t like scrubbing the carpet.

You'll need:

  • 15ml white rum - (Malibu)
  • 15ml golden rum - (Bacardi Gold)
  • 15ml dark rum - (Captain Morgan)
  • 20ml apricot brandy - (De Kuyper)
  • 10ml 151-proof rum - (Gosling's Black Seal)
  • 100ml pineapple juice
  • a wedge of lime

Start with squeezing the lime juice from the segment. Then mix the rums together along with the pineapple juice. Leave out the 151, we'll come to that later. Add to a shaker with ice. If you do not have a shaker, pour them into a measuring jug or bowl and mix with a big spoon. Pour into, ideally a hi ball glass or, even better if you can get your paws on some, a frosted zombie glass from Drinkstuff. Proceed to top the beverage with the high-proof rum by gently spooning it on the top, last.

Lucid Dream

This is a Halloween cocktail that I first discovered at the bar In Times Scare, New York's only all year round scare attraction. The bar features various scary cocktails and this was the pick of the bunch. It was absolutely fantastic. Below is the best attempt to recreate it without actually taking you to Manhattan for one in person.

You'll need:

  • 40ml bourbon whisky - (Makers Mark)
  • 30ml cold chamomile tea - (Swanson Organic)
  • 100ml cranberry and raspberry juice - (Ocean Spray Light)
  • Handful of raspberries

Take the chilled cranberry and raspberry juice and add to the glass, mix in with a small amount of cold chamomile tea. We tend to keep it under a shot to stop it from overpowering the raspberry. Add in stages of 5ml. Add a shot of bourbon whisky and mix vigorously. Garnish with two or three fresh washed raspberries on top for a gorgeously smooth concoction. Of all of the Halloween cocktails featured in this article, this is probably my favourite.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Martini

There's something very formal about a Martini, for me. George Constanza on the TV show Seinfeld once said, in relation to the idea that he start seeing a married woman: “An affair? That's so adult. It's like Martinis and stockings and William Holden.” A Martini doesn't need to have the grown up connotation, it can be a cool regular drink, and here's how to do it, with a Halloween twist.

You'll need:

  • 20ml Cream Liqueur - (Baileys)
  • 40ml vanilla vodka - (Absolut Vanilla)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin purée - (Libby's Pumpkin Puree)
  • 1 tsp whipped cream
  • pinch of Cinnamon
  • pineapple juice (optional)

Being careful to not get any on your Halloween costume, pour the cream liqueur and vodka together into a shaker or bowl. Give it a nice stir. Depending on the thickness of your pumpkin puree, you may need to mix it with a little water. You don't want to make it too hard to drink after all. Get your pumpkin purée in the mix to give it the incredible taste. It'll look quite thick, compared to what a Martini should look like. Maybe consider this a desert beverage. A very strong one at that. You may wish to pour a little pineapple juice in to thin the mix. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon over the top.

Blood and Sand

We like this one primarily for the name, how cool does it sound? It reminds us of some of the band names that you'd hear at the Bloodstock festival. Treat your guests to this unique tasting blend, if you think they can handle it.

You'll need:

  • 20ml blended scotch - (Johnnie Walker Red Label)
  • 20ml sweet vermouth - (Martini Bianco)
  • 25ml cherry liqueur - (Kirsberry Danish Cherry Speciality)
  • 40ml freshly squeezed blood orange juice

Pour the scotch, vermouth, cherry liqueur and orange juice into a cocktail shaker or bowl filled with ice cubes, shake or mix well. Pour in to a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of orange rind on the side of the glass. If you find the mixture too strong simply add more blood orange juice to dilute the alcohol.

Vampire Shooter

Here's a simple little mix that you'll need to consume sparingly, as these go down very easily. It's a perfect beverage to have if you are indeed clad in a vampire costume. It seems most fitting.

You'll need:

  • 22ml raspberry liqueur - (Chase Raspberry Liqueur)
  • 22ml vodka - (Wyborowa)
  • 10ml cranberry juice - (Ocean Spray Light)

Simply add the raspberry liqueur, vodka and cranberry juice to a glass. Check out Drinkstuff's Mini Skull Shot Glasses as a perfect Halloween beverage receptacle. We don't recommend stirring or mixing it. Take it as it is and drink it in one.

Halloween Beer

Bloodweiser Beer Bottle Costume

Of course, a Halloween cocktail won't be to everyone's taste so it would be good to source some Halloween beer for those that like to sup of a pint of ale as opposed to something that should have a curly straw and an umbrella poking out of it. Here's three Halloween beers that you should definitely get your hands on this October, your party guests will invariably approve.

Pendle Witch

Pendle Witch by Moorhouse's Brewery is made in Lancashire, and is a sweet malty flavoured beer with a fruity after-taste that is a big seller for the Brewery. One of their most popular bottled beers, it's definitely worth a try this Halloween season.

Pumpkin Ale

Downton's pumpkin ale, brewed in Wiltshire is a nutty tasting bitter that is derived from fresh pumpkin and is only available in October. Of all our Halloween drinks, this one is quite tricky to track down, if you manage to get your hands on some do let us know.

Trooper

Not technically a Halloween beer, Trooper, made by Robinsons Brewery in Stockport features the coolest label of our selection of beers. Inspired by the Iron Maiden song 'The Trooper', the beer was created after Iron Maiden lead singer and real fan Bruce Dickinson wanted to create his own ale and market it with the band's branding. Even if you and your guests aren't a fan of the ageing heavy metal rockers, consider getting some in for the amazing artwork on the labels as well as the malt and citric flavours that the beer offers.

Not that we need to tell you, but if you are unaware of the dangers of mixing alcohol or drinking the volume of your own body weight in schnapps, take a moment to peruse the Drink Aware website. They'll answer any beer related questions you may have.

This post was penned by +Ian Tomkins from Jokers' Masquerade fancy dress.

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