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Halloween Cocktails

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It's that time of year again to cut up old sheets, paint on the fake blood, stock up on sweets and question how the girl in the sexy mouse costume has anything to do with Hallowe'en.

Traditionally, Halloween is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, which is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (the hallows) and departed believers. In many parts of the world, the Christian observances of All Hallows' Eve includes lighting candles on the graves of the dead.

Since 1974, New York City's Greenwich Village has hosted the world's largest Halloween parade. It stretches over a mile (1.6 kilometres) and includes more than 60,000 costumed participants, circus performers, floats, live bands and giant puppets.

Trick-or-treating used to mean gorging on sweets and chocolate whilst trekking the streets knocking on strangers' doors. If that no longer appeals, for whatever reason, there is always a Hallowe'en cocktail. Indulging in some of these will definitely make staying up and defending the house from riotous children that little bit more rewarding.

Turning your cocktail black

As in previous years, black is once again in season this Halloween, so how do you turn cocktails black? Besides off the shelf proprietary spirits and liqueurs such as black sambuca and black vodka, there are basically three go to ingredients:
• Activated Charcoal
• Squid ink
• Blueberries
Available from health food stores, an activated charcoal capsules enable pretty much any cocktail to be turned black with little change to the drink's flavour. However, there are some risks and things you should be aware of so please see our page on using activated charcoal in cocktails.

Halloween named/themed cocktails

For those of you looking to repurpose cocktails from our database, rather than shake up black drinks, the following are fittingly named.

Bat Bite
All too easy - light and fruity, lightly fortified with rum character.

Bitches' Brew (Daniel Eun's recipe)
A flavoursome flip-style drink served with a hint of Caribbean spice.

Bitches' Brew (Difford's recipe)
Dry hoppy IPA beer, bready genever and cleaning vodka.

Black Magic
More peachy in colour than black but balanced and tasty. An excuse to pop a bottle of Champagne for Halloween.

Blood & Sand
One of the best known Scotch whisky cocktails. It's delightful and brilliantly appropriate for Halloween.

Blood Sage
Sage combines wonderfully with gin and orange in this beautifully balanced drink.

A hazelnut variation on the classic Coronation Cocktail.

Corpse Reviver No. 2
Well-balanced with zesty lemon and hint of absinthe.

Death in the Afternoon
Another excuse to open the champagne and particularly appropriate if you're starting Halloween celebrations early in the day.

Death In Venice
Something of a cross between the Italian Spritz and Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon.

Devil's Share
Ginger, bourbon and lemon makes for a spicy devilishly good cocktail.

Fade to Black
A Rum Sour blackened with blackberries and activated charcoal.

Obituary Cocktail
Ginger, bourbon and lemon makes for a spicy devilishly good cocktail.

Screaming Banana Banshee
An alcoholic milkshake - not too sweet.

Something of a supercharged Bloody Mary with tequila and a hint of sweet grenadine.

Three different rums with four different fruits - enough to revitalise the dead.

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