20 best Halloween cocktails

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All Hallows' Eve, the 31st of October, is spook night with bizarre costumes, trick-or-treat, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and bonfires all the rage. Such Halloween traditions have ancient roots and are worthy of celebrating. We'll mark the occasion with a Halloween cocktail or three from the 20 suitably named libations below.

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Ghost of Smokey Joe
With: Rye whiskey, dry vermouth, Bénédictine, absinthe, aromatic bitters, and peated whisky.
We say: Herbal notes shine, fortified with rye whiskey. Smoke is courtesy of peated whisky and the garnish.

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Black Widow's Bite
With: Vodka, blue curaçao, orange juice, and orange bitters.
We say: A Screwdriver blued (not quite blackened) by blue curaçao.

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Spooky Tini
With: Bourbon, Irish cream liqueur, popcorn syrup, and cream.
We say: Popcorn-infused creamy whiskey. An indulgent Halloween crowd-pleaser.

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Black Daiquiri
With: Dark blended rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and sugar syrup.
We say: More golden than black in appearance, this Daiquiri takes its name from the black rum (well dark brown rum) it's made from. Pungent rum notes sit well with zingy citrus.

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Black Magic
With: Amaro, scotch, banana liqueur and saline solution.
We say: A balanced and tasty boundary-pushing recipe.

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Blood & Sand
With: Scotch, cherry brandy liqueur, sweet vermouth, Islay Scotch whisky and orange juice.
We say: This formula is dry and fresh.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte (alcohol free)
With: Espresso coffee, pumpkin spice syrup, steamed milk, and topped with whipped cream.
We say: Very creamy, a little sweet, and a Halloween treat.

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Corpse Reviver No.2
With: Dry gin, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, sugar syrup and absinthe.
We say: Well-balanced with zesty lemon and absinthe just shining through.

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Dark 'N' Stormy
With: Dark rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters and ginger beer.
We say: A Daiquiri made with pungent dark rum, topped and made refreshing with spicy ginger beer. Part of the Mule family – but is distinctive due to the strong flavour of the dark rum.

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Green Ghost
With: Gin, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, and sugar syrup.
We say: This ghost is not a too distant relation to the Last Word.

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Devil's Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, lime juice, sugar syrup, and red wine.
We say: Actually, a Tequila Sour rather than a Margarita but still a devilishly good drink.

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El Diablo Cocktail
With: Reposado tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and ginger beer.
We say: The tequila, rich red berry fruit, lime and ginger aren't exactly a subtle combination but it is one that has proved both popular and enduring.

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Pumpkin Daiquiri
With: Gold rum, lime juice, and pumpkin spice syrup.
We say: Pumpkin spice syrup works surprisingly brilliantly in an otherwise classic Daiquiri.

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Hocus Pocus
With: Dry gin, Antica Formula, curaçao and fernet.
We say: Bittersweet with gin's botanical complexity and orange zest freshness.

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Obituary cocktail
With: Dry gin, dry vermouth and absinthe.
We say: What a way to go. A Dry Martini with a dash of the green fairy.

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Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned
With: Bourbon, rye whiskey, pumpkin spice syrup, orange bitters, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Make to your taste by varying the amount of headline pumpkin spice syrup.

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Pink Witch
With: Gin, Strega liqueur, and pink grapefruit juice.
We say: How pink this witch will be is dependent on your grapefruit juice.

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Witches' Daiquiri
With: Light rum, Strega, orgeat syrup, lemon juice and orange juice.
We say: Aniseed, sweet almond and delicate spice subtly influence this tasty Daiquiri.

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Witches' Flight
With: Bourbon, Strega liqueur, amaro, and lemon juice.
We say: The sugar rim is a key to the success of this after-dinner cocktail.

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Zombie
With: Overproof pot still rum, light rum, overproof aged rum, falernum liqueur, Pernod anise, pineapple juice, lime juice, grapefruit juice and grenadine syrup.
We say: Powerful funky rum and delicate cinnamon spice partially tamed by rich fruit and sweetened clove.
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