Halloween isn’t just for kids, so have fun celebrating it the grown-up way with these spookified cocktails! Make it extra spooky by adding dry ice to small containers near the bowl. The foggy effect will make the drinks even more fun!
When you are too old for a bag of candy
For a touch of Halloween whimsy, why not have an eyeball or two look back at you from your cocktail glass.
Take a canned lychee, fill the hole with a blueberry, small green grape, cranberry or piece of a ripe cherry, and you have a perfectly freaky garnish ready for the witching hour. Add a little gore factor when using a lychee cherry eye by “stabbing” it through the centre with a cocktail pick, then add it to your drink, and watch a trickle of “blood” — the cherry juice — slowly drip out. Use 12 or more lychee eyes in your favourite punch recipe, or brew up this one for a frothy green treat!
Witch’s brew punch
Serving size 26
- 2 cans frozen lemonade concentrate
- 2 cans frozen limeade concentrate
- 1 litre lemon-lime sparkling water
- 1 litre lemon-lime soda
- 1 litre rum
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 litres lime sherbet
- Lychee eyeballs
- In a large punch bowl or witch’s cauldron, mix together the first six ingredients.
- Add the eyeballs, and stir in the sherbet.
Bloody vampire martini
Serving size 1
- 2 ounces citrus-infused vodka or regular citrus vodka
- 1 blood orange, juiced and strained through a fine sieve or cheesecloth
- 1-1/2 ounces pure pomegranate juice
- Juice from a twist of lime
- Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously, and strain into a “blood”-rimmed martini or highball glass.
Black widow spider shot
Serving size 4
- 4 ounces black sambuca (add a tiny bit of black food paste to create a deep black colour)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 black licorice spider gummies
- Red decorative sugar
- Rim four shot glasses with the red sugar.
- Add 1 ounce of black sambuca to each glass.
- Then add 1/2 an ounce of vodka to each.
- Top off each glass with a licorice spider.