10 spooky gin cocktails for a "spirited" Halloween!

It’s Halloween, and as a nation it’s become one of our favourite excuses for a party!

So, you and your pals have planned your Halloween costumes, carved your pumpkins with terrifying (well, terrifyingly bad) ghoulish faces, got all the cobwebs and spooky decorations up, put your Halloween playlist ready for a scarily bad dance around the living room, and stocked up on sweets for the “trick or treat” troops.

All that’s left now is… Halloween cocktails, of course!

These fiendishly tasty gin cocktail recipes look devilish but are really easy to make at home. We show you below how to do a black sugar rim and a (frankly, really gross) ‘eyeball’ decoration; for extra spooky touches, you could also garnish your Halloween drinks with jelly snakes, little toy plastic spiders, fake teeth, or wrapping your Collins or Highball glass in bandages to ‘mummify’' it!

Happy Halloween, gin lovers!

black martini halloween cocktail.jpg

Black Cat Martini

Is seeing a black cat on Halloween lucky or unlucky? We’re not sure, but whoever gets served one of these wickedly black martinis on 31 October will definitely be counting themselves lucky!

50ml gin
25ml blue curaçao
15ml Chambord (or similar dark purple berry liqueur)
Squeeze of lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass full of ice, then add all your other ingredients and shake (or stir gently for a minute if using a mixing glass). Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve.


green-obituary-halloween-cocktail.jpg

Obituary

Absinthe, gin and dry vermouth... if you can survive this powerful green cocktail, you'll love it!

40ml gin
15ml dry vermouth
10ml absinthe

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled coupe.


satans-whiskers-halloween-cocktail.jpg

Satan’s Whiskers

It may sound devilish, but this sweet gin and orange cocktail tastes absolutely heavenly!

30ml gin
15ml triple sec
15ml sweet vermouth
15ml dry vermouth
15ml blood orange juice
2 dashes of orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a blood orange wheel.


syringes-grenadine-soda-halloween-cocktails.jpg

Bloody Good Gin Fizz

Inject some life into your Halloween party drinks with this bloodcurdling idea for your pink gin cocktails!

45ml gin
30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml grenadine (or raspberry/pomegranate/strawberry sugar syrup)
90ml soda (or to taste)

Fill your syringe with the grenadine or red fruit sugar syrup of your choice. Fill a chilled highball glass with ice and add the gin, lemon juice and soda. Stir briefly. Pop the syringe into the glass like a garnish and serve, inviting guests to inject the ‘blood’-red grenadine into the drink!

For the best flavour results, once the initial impact of the syringe has happened, we would encourage drinkers to gently mix the ingredients to combine.


green-halloween-cocktail.jpg

The Last Word

A couple of sips of this cherry gin cocktail and you'll find yourself doing the 'Monster Mash'!

20ml gin
20ml freshly squeezed lime juice
30ml cherry liqueur
30 green Chartreuse

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled coupe.

skull-glass-frozen-cocktail.jpg

Brain Freeze

Your guests will lose their heads over this daiquiri-inspired frozen strawberry and gin slushie!

250g strawberries, hulled
100g crushed ice, plus more if you like a thicker blended drink
50ml gin
Juice of half a lime

Combine all your ingredients in a blender and whizz. For a sweeter drink, you could add 15ml of simple syrup before blending, but the sweetness of the strawberries should be sufficient. Pour into a skull glass and top with more crushed ice. Garnish with a strawberry and a slice of lime.


vampire-martini-halloween-cocktail.jpg

Vampire Martini

Sure, you SAY it’s really a Tomatini, but how do we know that’s what’s REALLY in it?!

1 large tomato
50ml gin
15ml white balsamic vinegar
15ml lemon juice
10ml simple syrup*

*To make the sugar syrup, simmer 250g of sugar with 250ml of water until combined and slightly thick. Strain into a container and allow to cool. Store, sealed and in the refrigerator.

Muddle the tomato in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then add gin, vinegar, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


blackberry-gin-halloween-punch.jpg

Blackberry Gin Halloween Punch

Devilishly dark, dangerously delicious.

Punnet (a small bowlful) of blackberries
Juice of 2 limes or lemons
60ml blackberry syrup
180ml gin
400ml tonic water (or to taste)

To make your blackberry syrup, simmer 200g caster sugar with 200 ml of water and the blackberries, stirring gently to break down the fruit. After 5-10 minutes, you should have a sticky, dark red syrup. Strain into a clean jar and leave to cool in the fridge before using.

To make your punch, fill a pitcher with lots of ice and then pour in all the ingredients. Stir with a long spoon gently for a minute, until the mixture is really chilled.

To make a black sugar rim for your gin glasses, mix sugar with a drop of vanilla essence and a few drops of black food colouring, then dip the rim of the glasses into water before pressing into the black sugar to coat.


HALLOWEEN-BLOODY-MARY-SKULLS.jpg

Bloody Red Snapper

The Red Snapper, using gin instead of vodka, was the original Bloody Mary. We can’t think of a better idea for a Halloween costume than coming dressed as (a) Bloody Mary!

50ml gin
100ml tomato Juice
Hot sauce, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
A generous grind each of salt and pepper
Celery and lemon slices, to garnish

Fill a tall glass with ice and combine your gin and tomato juice cocktail. Drop in hot sauce and Worchester Sauce to taste, then grind in salt and pepper. Stir with celery stalk, squeeze in the juice of a lemon wedge (if desired) and serve.


eyeball-halloween-cocktail.jpg

Waiter, eye have got something in my gin & tonic

These, um, eye-catching eyeball gin garnishes are easy to make and taste a lot better than they look!

For the eyeballs:

Tinned lychees
Raspberry, blackcurrant or blueberry jam
Blueberries
Red food colouring

For the cocktail:

35ml gin
120ml cranberry juice
Half a lemon or lime
2 tsp simple syrup or honey

To make the ‘eyeball’ garnishes, drain the lychees. Use a piping bag or the end of a chopstick to squeeze a little blob of jam inside the cavity. Carefully push a blueberry into the centre of the fruit. Now use a toothpick or thin paintbrush to draw little ‘bloodshot’ lines onto the eyeball. You can freeze the eyeballs until they are ready to use.

Fill your glass two-thirds full with ice. Add your gin, syrup or honey, a few good squeezes of juice from the lemon or lime, and top up with your cranberry juice. Stir gently for 20 seconds. Add your eyeballs and serve!