3 spooky cocktails for Halloween
After putting all that planning and preparation into your costume, you’re probably ready for a drink. Goblins and ghouls can’t be seen holding a daiquiri. Trick and treat your senses with spooky Halloween-themed cocktails. When it comes time to serve drinks worthy of the Addams Family ballroom, the devil is in the details.
You will want to stock up on a few items. The style of glass used is a key element in presenting spooky cocktails. Tumblers and martini glasses are always classic. Check out some mason jars, glass containers with pumpkin faces or even test tubes.
Sugar comes in more colours than your typical white, brown or yellow. Look into sanding sugar for a variety of colours. Sprinkled on top of thick drinks, it will add texture, colour and satisfy that wicked sweet tooth. Speaking of colours, adding food colouring to your ice cube tray will provide you with black, orange, green or purple ice cubes for an extra spooky twist.
Stock up on garnishes. Rosemary and cinnamon sticks are particularly well suited. These tame little trees and sticks can be tarnished with a little flame to add spooky smoke to your cocktails. Use a long candle or kitchen blow torch to set the rosemary on fire. The fresher the rosemary, the more likely it is to just smoke than to actually burn. Cinnamon sticks will also take a little flame without burning outright. Using the same technique with matches or kitchen torch, light the end of the stick until there is a little flame then extinguish. Place on a heat resistant plate while finishing the rest of the cocktail.
And of course, no potion is proper without a little dry ice spilling over the side of the glass.
Halloween can be so much fun. Dress up your person, your place and most importantly – your drinks! Here are a few recipes to get you started.
By Sprinkles and Sprouts
This is the perfect fall and Halloween cocktail. Bourbon, maple syrup, bitters and smoky rosemary stems are all in season.
1/2 cup bourbon
1/3 cup maple syrup
4 orange slices
4-6 splashes bitters
3 sprigs rosemary
1 cup ice
Shake together in a cocktail shaker bourbon, maple syrup and bitters with an orange slice, a rosemary sprig and plenty of ice. Strain into ice-filled mason jars and garnish with a smoking rosemary sprig.
By Camille Styles
Sure to strike a note with the little black dress crowd. Colour co-ordinated right down to the sugar and ice.
4 parts licorice liqueur
3 parts blackcurrant cordial
8-10 parts water
Black food colouring
1 cup sugar
Fill a jug with water and add black food colouring in increments until the desired shade is reached. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Pour sugar into a bowl. Add 1/3 tsp of black food colouring and use a spoon or fork to blend into the sugar. Dip the rim of the glasses you wish to use in a little bit of water, then dip into the blackened sugar.
In a pitcher, combine the licorice liqueur, blackcurrant cordial and water. Place ice cubes into sugar rimmed glasses and pour the pitcher contents over the ice. Add a few chips of dry ice for some added mystery and intrigue.
By The Cookie Rookie
The perfect blend of classic fall colours and flavours, for the sophisticated sweet tooth.
For the Drink
3 oz vodka
3 oz pumpkin spice creamer
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
Whipped cream, for garnish
Pumpkin pie spice, for garnish
For the Rim
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp sugar or sparkling sugar
3 tbsp crushed graham crackers
Mix all “for the rim” ingredients together on a shallow plate. Dip the edge of two glasses in water and then dip into the rim mixture. Press to coat. Set the two glasses aside.
Pour vodka, creamer and Kahlua into a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly until combined and cold.
Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.