The other day a blogger friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that one of her Halloween cocktails was featured on the House Beautiful website. I was super excited for her. As I was scrolling through all of the deliciously tempting libations, I noticed another familiar cocktail, the Haunted Highball. This was a cocktail that I created last year for a brand, but never shared here on IBC. Shame on me!
So that’s what I’m doing today. It’s Halloween Cocktails – Two Ways!
Cocktails are an easy way to bring a signature element to any party. When creating themed cocktails, I find it helpful to stick to a classic recipe. Then I simply tweak the ingredients or the presentation to make the drink especially appropriate for the season or celebration.
For this first cocktail, the Vampire’s Kiss, I opted for a lemon martini base. This classic cocktail is a go-to for many, so I know the flavor combination is a winner.
To give it a spooky twist, I rimmed the martini glass with red gel frosting. With two small red drips down the glass, it looks like it could be Count Dracula’s nightly cocktail.
Let’s shake one up!
makes one martini
1.5 ounces vodka
1.2 ounces orange liqueur
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
.75 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Red gel frosting for garnish
Begin by rimming a martini glass with red gel frosting. Add two drips down the glass to mimic a vampire’s favorite beverage.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.
Pretty simple, right?
Okay, let’s move on to our next cocktail, the Haunted Highball.
Here I’m doing a classic white chocolate drink with a splash of hazelnut liqueur to make it a bit more seasonal.
To give this drink a haunted touch, I used a dry-erase marker. This kind of marker is easily wiped off non-porous surfaces so it works well on glass.
Before adding the cocktail, I drew a couple ghost faces on my highball glass. Once filled with the white concoction, these cocktails look ghoulishly good.
make one cocktail
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce white creme de cacao
1 ounce half-and-half
Splash of hazelnut liqueur (I like Frangelico.)
Black dry-erase marker for making the garnish
Begin by drawing a ghost face on a highball glass with a dry-erase marker. Then, fill the glass with ice.
In a separate glass, combine vodka, chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao, half-and-half, and hazelnut liqueur. Stir to combine. Pour over prepared glass filled with ice.
Isn’t it amazing how a few simple twists can make an everyday cocktail something special for the season?
I hope these cocktail recipes inspire you to create your own spooky brews for All Hallows’ Eve. Cheers!