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Halloween cocktails: part one

By Amber Rolt on 17/10/14 10:00 AM

So we may be getting a little excited about Halloween, and we have already taught you how to make your own pumpkin keg, but we thought it would be wise to share some spooky cocktail ideas for all those party planners out there.

Don’t waste time on a costume this year, and use Halloween as an excuse to get a little weird and try out all those crazy concoctions you’ve always been too scared to try.

In the first of a two part series, we bring you some winter warming Halloween creations, which are a haunting addition to any Halloween party and will ensure that yours is the monster bash.

The Black Devil Martini 

This spooky sauce uses dark rum and a black olive garnish to give it its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party.


2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
black olive
orange sugar


Stir and strain into chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives.


The Blood Sucker

This vampire-friendly cocktail uses strawberry or raspberry puree to add streams of “blood” down the sides of the glass to be the perfect spooky addition to any peculiar punch. This trick works well with other recipes too, and is easy to make meaning you’ll have plenty of treats in store for your guests.


1 1/2 oz. Bacardi “0”
1/2 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 Tbs. strawberry or raspberry puree


Pour rum, Cointreau and juice into a shaker with ice. Shake mixture, then pour into a rocks glass. Dip the end of a drinking straw into the berry puree, hold the tip of your finger over the other end and use the straw to squirt puree into the bottom half-inch of the drink, where it will sink in red blobs. Wait for it to settle to the side of the glass before serving.

Happy Halloween, and have a good weekend!