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Halloween Cocktails - Andy's Top Five

It's that time of year again!  A time when we can all take a walk on the wild side, and of course indulge your friends a little that are far to into Halloween (You know who I mean).  Personally, I figure it's a great excuse to get creative and get making drinks that you might not attempt every week and I'm all up for that.

Every year I spend hours coming up with weird and wacky cocktails for everyone throwing a Halloween bash, but this year I decided to do something a little different and share the best recipes I've found out there on that little thing called the world wide web (there's a Halloween / spider joke in there somewhere!).

So, in no particular order, because I picked them all for different reasons, here's my top five Halloween cocktails:

1.  Pumpkin Spiced White Russian

  • First add the rim to the glass by smearing a very thin amount of sugar syrup around the top of the glass.  Then roll the rim of the glass in a plate containing pumpkin pie spice and crushed Graham's Crackers
  • Then pour 45ml vodka, 15ml coffee liqueur, 60ml pumpkin pie creamer into a shaker and shake with ice
  • Add ice into your pre-decorated rocks glass and strain the drink over the fresh ice
  • Add whipped cream on the top
  • And if you're feeling sassy lightly toast the end of a cinnamon stick and place it on top of the glass, the aroma is fantastic!

This recipe can be found in full at www.thecookierookie.com 

2. The Blackbeard Cocktail

  • Pour 30ml Kraken Spiced Rum, 15ml Fernet Branca, 22.5ml Dark Creme de Cacao into your shaker
  • Then add 1ml drop of squid ink (be very careful this stuff stains!)
  • Put the lid on your shaker, but no ice, and shake to ensure the ink has mixed well
  • Add ice, shake and fine strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass
  • Top with a 15ml splash of chilled chocolate stout
  • No need to garnish this bad boy, it's killer all by itself

This recipe is courtesy of the aptly named www.honestlyyum.com 

3.  Blood Orange Punch Cocktail

This is a good one if you're pressed for time as it's a batch recipe that you can keep and pour as required

  • Pour all of the following ingredients into a pitcher and store in the fridge until required:
    • 2 Cups (475ml) of Blood Orange Juice
    • 2 Cups (475ml) of Bacardi
    • 1/2 Cup (115ml) Fresh Lime Juice
    • 2 Cups of Fresh Blackberries
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice, fill 1/3 full with chilled blackberry soda (I used Bubly but Heather Christo recommends Izze) then fill the rest of the glass with your chilled mix and add blood orange slices and edible flowers if you so wish.

The full version of this recipe can be found at www.heatherchristo.com 

4. The Devil's Margarita Cocktail

  • Pour 45ml Blanco Tequila, 25ml Fresh Lime Juice and 25ml Sugar Syrup into a shaker
  • Add ice, shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass (martini)
  • Using the back of a spoon (the tip should be touching the surface of the drink with the back of the spoon facing the ceiling) gently pour Cabernet Sauvignon red wine on top of the Margarita until you have almost 1/2 an inch floating on the top of the drink.

Recipe courtesy of www.showmetheyummy.com

5. Death in the Afternoon

Named after the novel by Ernest Hemingway of course.  But few people know that he actually invented the drink also, it was published in the 1935 cocktail book "So the Red Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon".

Pour 15ml Pernod into a Champagne flute or saucer and top up with chilled Brut Champagne

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