It’s weird how we Brits have taken to embracing Halloween. We remember a time when the most exciting it got was watching scary movies on TV, now the nights leading up to 31st October are like one big Thriller casting.

If you’re planning a ghoulish gathering at home, leave the tricks to the kids and give the adults these cocktail treats.


Skellington Sour

1 ½ parts Bacardi Superior rum
¾ parts Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
¾ parts fresh lemon
½ part simple syrup
1 egg white

Dry shake all ingredients for 30 seconds. Add ice to tin and shake well. Strain over fresh ice into Collins glass. Garnish with blackened pumpkin seeds.

Grey Goose Diabolique

40ml Grey Goose Le Citron
10ml Cointreau
10ml fresh pineapple juice
25ml Lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup
15ml créme de mure

Build all ingredients apart from the crème de mure in a mixing glass. Top with cubed ice and shake. Fine strain into a prepared Martini glass, then add a cap of crushed ice. Drizzle with the mure and garnish with a pineapple slice and mint.

The Red Widow

40ml Smirnoff Red
100ml tomato juice
Fresh crushed garlic (or wasabi for an extra kick)
Dash of soy sauce
1 lemon wedge
2 cherry tomatoes
1 celery stick

Fill a glass (or a julep cup) with ice. Pour 40ml Smirnoff and 100ml tomato juice into the glass. Add crushed garlic (or wasabi) and a dash of soy sauce. Stir the ingredients together slowly using a bar spoon or teaspoon. Garnish with two cherry tomatoes, a lemon wedge and celery stick.

Smashing Pumpkin


Smashing Pumpkin

The potion:
60 ml Bulldog Gin
90 ml pumpkin purée
15 ml simple syrup
Dash of vanilla extract
Sprig of rosemary for garnish

The spell:
Carve a scary face into the pumpkin. Use leftovers to make pumpkin puree. Add all ingredients to cauldron, stir, repeating the words, “hubble bubble, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” Garnish with sprig of rosemary.




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