Ditch the gummy sweets and get in the drinks – these delicious recipes will make you love 31 October
Halloween is rapidly approaching and the good news is it's on a Saturday. That means it's the perfect excuse to steal the spooky celebration from the kids and indulge in your own creepy cocktail soirée.
Fresh from the talented mixologists at Home House private members' club in London's Portman Square, here are some delectable recipes to muddle up on the big day.
1. One hell of a ghost
Martini-style sophistication. This makes one glass, so scale up for however many you're serving.
- 25ml Cariel vanilla vodka
- 12.5ml butterscotch
- 12.5ml crème de cacao
- 10ml pumpkin syrup
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 25ml double cream
Garnish: roasted pumpkin seeds
1. Shake all of the ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker and pour into a chilled martini glass.
2. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds on top.
2. The Queen's Punch
This sharp punch serves six. Ladle from a bowl into glasses when your guests arrive.
- 50ml lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 150ml Woodford Reserve whiskey
- 100ml Mandarine Napoleon brandy
- 75ml pumpkin purée
- 35ml pumpkin syrup
- Pinch each of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger
- Top with pear cider, chilled
Glass: a large bowl
Garnish: 1 pear, 1 orange and 1 apple
1. Slice the apples, pears and oranges lengthways and place into a large bowl.
2. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning.
3. Add honey, brown sugar, whiskey, brandy, pumpkin purée, pumpkin syrup and all spices.
4. Stir gently, cover and then refrigerate for 2-4 hours, preferably overnight.
5. Top with chilled pear cider.
3. Smashing pumpkin fizz
The best way to consume pumpkin, surely? Again, this is for one, so scale up.
- 35ml Ketel One vodka
- 12.5ml Xante pear cognac liqueur
- 10ml pumpkin syrup
- 25ml pumpkin purée
- Crushed ice
- Pinch of pumpkin spice
- Top with champagne
Garnish: dried pear chip
1. Build the vodka, cognac liqueur, pumpkin syrup and purée into a high-ball glass.
2. Stir gently on crushed ice.
3. Add more crushed ice.
4. Top with pumpkin spice, champagne and garnish with the dried pear chip.
Like this? Then try these:
- How to make Halloween jelly worms
- Super spooky Halloween crafts
- How to have a grown up Halloween party
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