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Halloween Cocktails – Without a Twist…

This coming weekend, if you didn’t already know, is Halloween! And just in time here are some spooky cocktails that are on most cocktail menus all year round. Although you may not have tried them before!

The problem with Halloween, with any seasonal event really, is that it’s easy to buy into novelty drinks that taste super-sweet and contain ingredients don’t actually do anything for the drink they’re in, except maybe mask the taste of too much alcohol…

So for this post I’ve tried to keep away from novelties and go for 5 cocktails you will be able to order in any good cocktail bar at almost any time of year, but by the same token they’re cocktails you may not have tried at all…

So let’s begin with arguably the most themed of the lot…


El Diablo

Spicy and evocative, this cocktail is perfect for your Halloween parties...
Spicy and evocative, this cocktail is perfect for your Halloween parties…

Recipe:

1 ½ measures Reposado Tequila

½ measure Crème de Cassis

½ measure Fresh Lime Juice

2 or 3 measures ginger beer/ale

Method:

  • Combine the tequila, lime juice, and cassis liqueur and shake well, for around 10-15 seconds (or until the tin ices over).
  • Fine (or double) strain into a collins glass filled with cubed iced.
  • Top up with the ginger beer/ale (whichever you prefer) and garnish with a wedge of lime.
  • Serve with a straw.

The Last Word

Strong and fragrant; this cocktail is perfect for the cocktail geeks!
Strong and fragrant; this cocktail is perfect for the cocktail geeks!

Recipe:

1 measure Gin

1 measure Green Chartreuse

1 measure Maraschino Liqueur

1 measure Fresh Lime Juice

Method:

  • Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, over ice, and shake well.
  • Strain into a well-chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime twist.

Blood & Sand

Not as brutal as the name makes out; this cocktail is a classic whiskey cocktail and tastes pretty darn good!
Not as brutal as the name makes out; this cocktail is a classic whiskey cocktail and tastes pretty darn good!

Recipe:

1 measure Scotch Whiskey

1 measure Sweet Vermouth

1 measure Cherry Heering

1 measure Orange Juice

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain into a well-chilled cocktail coupe glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Black Velvet

Simplicity is king in this 2 ingredient cocktail. Give it a try, you might be surprised!
Simplicity is king in this 2 ingredient cocktail. Give it a try, you might be surprised!

Recipe:

Guinness (Stout Beer)

Champagne

Method:

There are two ways to make this drink, neither are right nor wrong. It’s personal preference:

  • Pour the beer into the chosen glass and then gently layer the champagne on top.
  • Pour the champagne into the chosen glass and then gently layer the beer on top.

Simple no? Well this cocktail is sublime in its simplicity and is a cocktail everyone should try at least once. You may not like it if you don’t like the beer (like me) but, also like me, you may be surprised at how smooth and drinkable this cocktail actually is!

Chartreuse Smash

A really fun way of using a rather undervalued liqueur...
A really fun way of using a rather undervalued liqueur…

Recipe:

10 mint leaves

1 measure fresh lemon juice

2 measures green chartreuse

2 tsp turbinado sugar

Method:

  • Place sugar, mint and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and muddle well.
  • Add the chartreuse to the shaker and add ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a small rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and, if you’re feeling it, a sprig of sage…

These cocktails are not only my tip for great drinks this Halloween, but they’re perfect if you’re looking to try something new the next time you head to that swanky cocktail bar, or spend the weekend at a nice hotel (they all have great bars nowadays right?), and they’re also perfect if you plan on a Christmas themed party with a difference…

But don’t think I’ve forgotten all of you that are looking for something a bit novel – the next of my Halloween themed posts is just for you: 6 Spooky Cocktail Shooters!

Have fun and please, as always, drink responsibly – no one enjoys a night in A&E!

Further Reading & original recipes:

El diablo – imbibe

Last word – saveur

Blood & sand – Liquor.com

Black velvet – Liquor.com

Chartreuse smash – saveur

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Cocktails O’ Clock: Inspired by… Halloween Part 2

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2) The Brain Haemorrhage Shooter…

So it’s the day before Halloween and not a creature was stirring, well that’s a lie straight away, I have a headache and have not long been in from work.

Anyway Tequila Cocktail in hand (a wisely chosen Paloma) and sausage roll in the other, I type this (with my nose) festive post all about the scariest Shooter of them all…

The Brain Haemorrhage

Truly a disgusting mixture if one was ever seen, enough to scare pets and small children for years to come.

But mixed right and presented well one (or several depending on your day) will look right at home in your hand this Halloween.

The Recipe:

½ measure Schnapps,

¼ measure Bailey’s Irish Cream

¼ measure Grenadine Syrup

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Nice and big, so you can enjoy its hideousness…
Picture courtesy of: Brit & Co.

Method:

1)      Pour the schnapps into a well-chilled shot/rocks glass.

2)      Then layer the baileys on top,

3)      Then pour in the grenadine, drop by drop, from above the glass.

The trick: the simple, yet effective, way to make this drink is by following these 3 rules:

1)      Use equal measures of everything, that way it will still taste ok when you finally drink it.

2)      Use the heaviest ingredient last (I.e. The grenadine or well iced liqueur).

3)      Drink carefully, the name may be jovial, but the alcohol content is serious (especially if you use an iced liqueur instead of the non-alcoholic grenadine).

Stick to those 3 rules and you’ll create frightfully tasty cocktail shooters every time…

Treat: Here’s the Alien-brain version should the classic recipe be too boring for you…

The Recipe:

½ measure Schnapps

¼ measure Bailey’s Irish Cream

1 teaspoon Grenadine syrup

1 teaspoon Blue Curacao

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By mixing in different coloured liqueurs the drink takes on rather eerie effects. Try using different coloured Curacao’s for varied effects.

Method:

Same as the classic except for the step between the bailey’s and the grenadine:

1)      Pour the schnapps into a well-chilled shot/rocks glass.

2)      Then layer the baileys on top,

3)      Then layer the Blue Curacao on the bailey’s (don’t worry if some sinks below, that’s bound to happen – and add to the effect).

4)      Then pour in the grenadine, drop by drop, from above the glass.

Trick: use Crème De Menthe for a really nasty flavour (and aesthetic) combination (use in place of the Blue Curacao).

So there you go, combine that with my Spiced Caramel Apple cocktail and you have a couple of fantastic Halloween themed cocktails to show off at your parties… Keep your eyes open for my ‘best of Halloween’ post coming shortly, with links to some of the best Halloween cocktails on the net… Enjoy your evening!)

Website with some cool Halloween cocktails (and source of my picture above): Brit & Co

Halloween is coming, so are the Cocktails…

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Halloween is right around the corner, it’s Thursday in fact, and the best way to celebrate any such event is exactly how the Mexicans do: with a party.

Halloween is coveted by many different cultures across the world, not just here in the UK or over the water in the USA but under different names it is celebrated across more than 30 countries across the planet.

Whether it’s the Latin American/Mexican/South American Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) or the Wiccan Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’) October 31st – November 2nd are, pretty much universally, 3 days of fun and celebration. Whether it’s the celebration of deceased loved-ones or just a bunch of trick or treaters, the time of Halloween/Dia de Muertos is a wonderful time of year…

Now I’m not an avid trick or treater, I have no children to take on such outings, nor do I see the point in going and asking strangers for sweets… However I do quite like a good old ‘Adult Halloween’ (like the one featured in an episode of The League – Ghost Monkey) with alcohol and cocktails aplenty…

Over the coming week I shall be writing up some cocktails perfect for any Halloween party you ‘re planning and will aim to share all of them on the big day (Thursday 31st) just in time for you all to get out there and enjoy them…

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The Classic Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail…

Whether it’s the Spiced Caramel Apple (my very own creation) or the classic Brain haemorrhage Shooter there will be some gems. Look out; the Fervent Shaker Halloween Cocktails are about…

Cocktail #1

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Remember, this Halloween your themed cocktails don’t have to look amazing… Although a little style can always help…

Cocktails O’Clock: Inspired by… Halloween Part 1

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Just like Ant & Dec, here’s my first number one…

Here it is, the first of my Halloween Cocktails for your pleasure…

1)      Spiced Caramel Apple

Recipe:

60ml Fresh Apple Juice

45ml Bacardi Oakheart

15ml Fresh Lime Juice

2 teaspoons Caramel Syrup

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Lime wedge & cinnamon sugar rim dusting.

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Golden and cinnamon rimmed, this cocktail will warm your sweet tooth all night long…

Garnish preparation: Combine ground cinnamon and caster sugar in a 2:1 ratio in a small bowl.

Then mix with a spoon or fork until the mixture is one colour.

Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge.

Finally, whilst holding the glass upside down, pour the cinnamon sugar over the wet area; allowing for an even coating.

Method:

a)      Combine all the ingredients over ice and shake well for 5-10 seconds

b)      Strain into an ice-filled glass (use crushed ice).

c)       Garnish with a lime wedge and rim the glass with a cinnamon/sugar dusting.

Serving this drink over crushed ice supplies the dilution effect required, allowing for full enjoyment of its sweet apply flavours. Inspired by a Toffee Apple and all that is sweet this Halloween this drink is everything you need to keep your sugar rush going through the night. Warming, sweet and seasonally delicious (works really well with home-made seasonal apple juice)…

Cocktails O’clock: The Headless Horseman

Fabled in the lore of old, this drink is no mystery…

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A classic fable of horror and bloodshed, the cocktail is a little lighter…

The man himself:

The headless horseman (Sleepy Hollow, Headless Horseman, The Hollow) is a famous fable, one born out of mystery and lore. Fabled to be a ghost dating back to the American civil war, at least in theory, the horseman himself is a mystery with no one really knowing who he is or what he wants.

The Tales:

There are several stories and versions of the classic tale, but interestingly there are stories not just from across the States, but also from other parts of the globe:

Two other stories appear across Europe, one in German folklore the horseman hunts those who have committed capital crimes. Another (also in Germany) states the horseman as being accompanied by a pack of fire breathing hounds. Further to this there are several tales in celtic folklore (Old Irish & Scottish tales) and even middle England has its own stories. The horseman, it seems, is a bit of an A-Lister among fables.

The Drink:

This drink is modelled, clearly, on the Moscow Mule (although any similarity may be coincidental), minus the lime.

Boasting a strong vodka content, followed up with some flavourful bitters and all topped with the wonderful mixing capability that comes with the use of Ginger Ale

The Recipe:

50ml Vodka

3 dashes Angostura

Top up Ginger Ale

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Ginger Ale & Orange, a great mixture for any spirit…

The Method:

1)      Build the ingredients in a glass, over ice.

2)      Top up with the ginger ale.

3)      Place a slice of orange in the glass to garnish.

This drink should be rather robust and flavourful. The bitters should come through the ginger ale and give the vodka a little depth. At risk of ruining this drink, to make it a little more to your palate you can add a squeeze of lime juice, but as I say it’s a risk I leave down to you…

This cocktail epitomises what cocktails are all about: Flavour, simplicity and elegance. It won’t win any awards but it sure holds its own against some of the better known cocktails out there.

As a little ending note: this cocktail encapsulates something else too… I am a fervent believer in experimenting with flavours and ingredients in cocktails. Why settle for something standard when you can make it exceptional? This cocktail is a great tasting cocktail that separates itself from other ginger ale topped drinks, and does it well…