20 best Halloween cocktails

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

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Bat Bite
With: Light rum, raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice.
We say: All too easy – light and fruity, lightly fortified with rum character.

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Beetle Jeuse
With: Mint leaves, green Chartreuse, bison grass vodka, apple juice and passion fruit syrup.
We say: Long and refreshing with a flavour reminiscent of caramelised apple.

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Bitches Brew
With: Blanc rhum agricole, light rum, lime juice, pimento dram liqueur, demerara sugar syrup and egg.
We say: This flavoursome flip-style drink comes served with a hint of Caribbean spice.

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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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Clairvoyant
With: Fino sherry, dry vermouth, hazelnut liqueur and orange bitters.
We say: A hazelnut flavoured variation on the classic Coronation Cocktail.

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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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Death in the Afternoon
With: Absinthe, sugar syrup and champagne.
We say: Bravado (absinthe) dominates this drink, alongside hints of biscuity champagne. We added a touch of sugar to tame this hardman's cocktail.

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Devil's Share
With: Ginger, bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice and maple syrup.
We say: Ginger, bourbon and lemon makes for a spicy and tasty little devil.

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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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Enchanted Field Cocktail
With: Rye whiskey, Strega, orange juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Boozy spicy rye and citrus with minty, menthol, vanilla and pinty freshness from a generous slug of Strega liqueur.

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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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Screaming Banana Banshee
With: Vodka, banana liqueur, white crème de cacao, single cream, milk and banana.
We say: An alcoholic banana and chocolate milkshake – not too sweet.

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Vampiro
With: Reposado tequila, tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine syrup, hot pepper sauce, salt and black pepper.
We say: Something of a supercharged Bloody Maria with a hint of sweet grenadine.

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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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Witch Hunt Cocktail
With: Scotch whisky, dry vermouth and Strega.
We say: This boozy after-dinner sipper of a cocktail is also good, and considerably lighter, with the dilution that comes with serving over crushed ice.

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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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