With Halloween being just two weeks away you’re probably ‘up to your neck’ in Halloween planning – finding the perfect Halloween costume, buying ‘Trick or Treat’ candies, and organising the Halloween party of the century – and what party is complete without signature cocktails?
So, being a self-confessed cocktail advocate, I thought it only my duty to share this definitive guide on how to serve frighteningly good Halloween Cocktails, alongside my favourite Halloween Cocktail Recipes of all time – hiccup!!!
So let’s start with the presentation. No cocktail should be served without a devilishly divine Halloween costume of its own. Decorating the rim of your cocktail glass with coloured sprinkles or sugar instantly adds a touch of Halloween sparkle to drinks. Simply dip the top of the glass into a bowl of water, shake off any surplus, and then dip the rim of the glass into the sugar/sprinkles, et voila!
Produce spell-binding cocktails by finishing them with blood-curdling ice cubes that’ll keep the chill in the spines of your guests (and their drinks!). Try freezing and layering different coloured juices in large ice cube trays, like the Tovolo® King Cube Ice Cube Trays. You can also use smaller trays like the Tovolo® Perfect Cube Ice Cube Trays to freeze smaller Halloween candies (like these mini pumpkins) and multi-colour sprinkles inside the ice cube.
Absolutely my favourite ice accessory is the Tovolo® Sphere Ice Cube Tray (coming to the Arugula & Rocket cookshop in November). I used these moulds to freeze Candy Fangs inside giant ice spheres. These look super effective and would be great served up in a whiskey, scotch, or Dark & Stormy. As giant ice cubes take a long time to melt, you could be as creative as you like in terms of what you freeze inside!
Also great for childrens’ drinks, I like to use a large ice cube tray (like the Tovolo® King Cube Ice Cube Tray) to freeze jelly snakes inside the ice cube for a slithering surprise. Be sure to leave some of the snake hanging outside of the ice cube tray when freezing for extra effect!
And if you’re confused over what type of ice cube will perfectly complement your beverage, the Tovolo® Ice Math Bar Mats offer the perfect solution. These flexible mini chopping mats are printed with easy to follow guides to show what ice cube should be used for each glass type. They also feature step-by-step instructions on how to cut the perfect bartenders wedge from your lemon or lime.
Here is my pick of the best Halloween Cocktail Recipes…
Halloween Cocktail Recipes
This bright green cocktail should be served in a Martini Glass decorated with a colourful sugar rim and chilled with Perfect Cube Ice Cubes. Simply fill a mixing glass with ice cubes and add 1 part Gin, 1 part Green Chartreuse and 1 part Sweet Vermouth. Stir and strain into a martini glass.
Add 1 part Dark Rum to 3 parts Ginger beer. Serve in a lowball glass with a wedge of lime and a King Cube Ice Cube or Giant Ice Sphere.
Add 2 oz tequila, 1 oz orange liqueur, 1 oz limoncello, 1 oz sour mix and 1 dash orange juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass with Perfect Cube Ice Cubes to chill.
This bright coloured cocktail would be perfect served in a large punch bowl and chilled with lots of giant ice spheres or King Ice Cubes. Simply take 1 oz cranberry juice, 1 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz 7-Up or Sprite, and 1¼ shot Malibu Coconut Rum, mix and serve.
Add 2 oz vokda to ¾ oz peach schnapps and 3-4 oz cranberry juice. Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into in a highball glass with Perfect Cube Ice Cubes.
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