While October is all about Amazon Prime Day at the moment, soon hearts and minds will switch to Halloween. And whether you're one of a group of six, part of a couple or on your own, why not liven up your autumn evening with some easy Halloween cocktails?
Our cocktail ideas are delicious, seasonal and best of all, easy to make. These easy Halloween-themed refreshments will get your evening off to a fun start...
Easy Halloween cocktails
This Halloween Punch devised by i heart Wines combines their smooth Merlot with rum, triple sec and fruit and is as delicious as it sounds. It’s deep red colour makes for the perfect blood-curdling drink for Halloween with limited preparation or fuss. Adding a creepy garnish or two at the end can only add to the fun!
- 750ml Merlot
- 750ml Rum
- 150ml lime juice (fresh)
- 150ml triple sec
- 170g simple syrup
- 2 limes (sliced into thin wheels)
- 2 red oranges (sliced into thin wheels)
- Handful of raspberries and blackberries
- Firstly, gather all the ingredients together
- In a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the Merlot, rum, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, lime, oranges, raspberries and blackberries
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.
- Serve over ice in punch glasses and enjoy!
Blood Beetroot Cocktails
Everyone loves a glass of Prosecco and what better way to make it fit for the season than by adding a little colour? Mixed with blood-red lemonade made with beetroot, the Prosecco takes on a lovely added flavour and the lemonade on its own is perfect for non-drinkers too.
- 200g raw beetroot , grated
- Juice of 8 lemons
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 300ml Aperol
- 750ml chilled prosecco
- In a bowl, stir together the beetroot, lemon juice and sugar.
- Steep in the fridge for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- Pour the mixture through a sieve into a large jug to get rid of the pulp.
- To make the cocktail, pour 25ml of the beetroot lemonade into each glass, followed by 50ml of Aperol and a few ice cubes.
- Top with Prosecco and serve.
Using a fruity i heart Wines red wine, this Pinot Noir Halloween Sangria is a great addition to any Halloween celebration, no matter how low key. Full of fruit flavours, displayed with ghostly garnishes, this cocktail is simple but delicious.
- 750ml Pinot Noir
- 1 orange (cut into wedges)
- 1 lemon (cut into wedges)
- 30g sugar
- 500ml ginger ale
- A handful of gummy worms to garnish (optional)
- Mint to garnish
- Firstly, pour the red wine into the pitcher.
- Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons into the wine then toss the wedges into the punch
- Add the sugar and stir thoroughly until dissolved
- Optional: if you’re have a bit of extra time, chill overnight to allow for flavours to fully develop
- Just before serving, add the ginger ale and an optional handful of gummy worms and mint leaves for garnish.
With its bright colour and luxurious taste, this minty grasshopper cocktail is the perfect unusual choice to try out this year. It will also make for an excellent talking point from the moment it’s brought to the Halloween table.
- 25ml crème de menthe
- 25ml white crème de cacao
- 25ml single cream
- Sprig of mint
- 25g melted chocolate (optional)
- Take a sprig of mint, strip off the leaves at the base and dip the stalk in the melted chocolate, holding the upper leaves gently.
- Leave to set on a plate or tray.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour in the liqueurs and cream.
- Shake hard until the outside of the cocktail shaker is cold, then strain into your chosen glass.
- Garnish with the chocolate-dipped sprig of mint.
If you love a classic Martini, then why not try this more seasonal twist with i heart Wines’ Mysterious Martini? Including gin, dry vermouth and red food colouring, this recipe brings the spook factor without any hassle, leaving you free to enjoy your Halloween.
- 50ml Gin
- 15ml dry vermouth
- 2 drops homemade fake blood (dissolve 7g of caster sugar into 44g of red liquid food colouring)
- Prep the martini glass by moistening the rim and dipping it into sugar to give it a frosted look
- Add the gin and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with ice
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish with 2 drops of the homemade fake blood (optional)
This classic cocktail is a deep and decadent addition to any evening and with the right garnishes can be made truly spooky. You could even use edible decoration to make your maraschino cherries look like eyeballs and give this an extra ghoulish edge.
- 50ml vodka
- 25ml coffee liqueur
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Pour the vodka and the coffee liqueur into a tumbler filled with ice and stir gently for 30 secs - 1min.
- Add the cherry and serve.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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