Enter Spooky Season With This Halloween Cocktail Recipe
Trick or treat yourself and your guests to this nutty and citrusy Halloween theme cocktail. With its unusual opaque yellow color from the Midori and orgeat as well as the punchiness from the gin, rum, and lime juice, this Halloween recipe is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. This cocktail recipe is each to make in less than two minutes, as there are minimal ingredients and few steps to follow, to allow you to sit down and enjoy your Halloween party or spooky movie night. We have chosen a few less commonly used ingredients so you can make a memorable cocktail in your Barillio shaker.
Halloween Cocktail Ingredients and Kit List:
- Lime juice
- Wray & Nephew overproof rum
- Barillio bartender kit
- Potion bottle
- Spooky decorations
How to Have a Happy Halloween Party
Set the scene with some creepy decorations and serve your Halloween cocktail in some vintage potion bottles. Then garnish your cocktails with a food-safe spooky mascot. If you haven’t been able to get hold of a set of spooky decorations, you can also get creative and use blackberries, slices of blood orange or jelly worms to elevate your Halloween drinks.
Of course, you can pick up some bits in local stores, but why not get more hands-on with the decorations if you have time? Not only can this make your place look spooky for your Halloween party, but you can also have fun making these decorations with your friends before the main event.
- Cut bats and spiders out of black cards.
- Carve pumpkins (be sure to use the discarded contents of the pumpkin in an autumnal soup or fall cookie recipe).
- Pull apart cotton balls for homemade cobwebs.
- Hang ghosts from the ceiling using string and old white bed sheets.
- Create an atmosphere with candles and fairy lights.
- Write your spooky cocktail menu on a blackboard with creative names, such as a heart of stone, bat sh*t crazy, vampire’s kiss, or name the drinks after your favorite Halloween movies.
- Set the mood with Halloween music or a background atmosphere.
- Light a wood-burning fire if you have one to allow guests to roast marshmallows. Failing this, find a video of a fireplace or spooky scene on YouTube to play on your TV.
Best Halloween Movies
Here are some scary, spooky or just feel-good witch and wizard-theme movies to entertain your guests:
- Harry Potter
- The Purge
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sweeney Todd
- Hocus Pocus
- Get Home Safe
- The Conjuring
Halloween Food Ideas
If you’re serving up this Halloween cocktail, you are well on your way to becoming a memorial Halloween host but don’t forget to serve some nibbles or dinner alongside your tasty drinks. Our top ideas are:
- Bloody finger buns, aka hot dogs with tomato sauce
- Squishy brains, aka pink marshmallow pops
- Death by dessert, aka double chocolate cake with a rich icing
- Royals blood shots, aka blue jello shots
Halloween Cocktail Recipe
- ½ oz (15 ml) Lime Juice
- ½ oz (15 ml) Orgeat
- 1 oz (30 ml) Midori
- 1½ oz (45 ml) Gin
- ½ oz (15 ml) Wray & NephewOverproof Rum
- Measure the ingredients using your Barillio jigger and add them to the standard shaker from your mixology set.
- Add the shaker lid and shake well for 15 seconds. Then strain the cocktail into a potion bottle.
- Finally, pop on a spooky decoration such as a moth, butterfly, spider or bat to garnish.
Is this Halloween Cocktail High in Alcohol Content?
Yes. This recipe uses four ingredients that contain alcohol; therefore, it is a fairly strong cocktail.
What is Orgeat?
One of the less commonly used ingredients is orgeat, a liquor made with almonds, sugar, and orange flower water alongside a spirit such as brandy or rum. Therefore, this liquor brings a nutty and slightly citrusy taste, almost like marzipan syrup.
You can usually find orgeat at your local liquor, large grocery store, or online. However, if you struggle to locate a bottle of orgeat, you can substitute the ½ oz of orgeat for amaretto or almond syrup. The former will be slightly more alcoholic than orgeat, while the almond syrup is great for a lower alcohol alternative. You may not achieve the opaque yellow color of this spooky cocktail with other ingredients, but it’s still worth giving this Halloween recipe a go.
What is Midori?
The Japanese liqueur Midori is best known for its vibrant neon green color and sweet melon taste. The Midori adds a citrus flavor to compliment the orange in the orgeat and the lime juice. It is a syrup-like texture, so it also adds a semi-sweetness to this cocktail alongside an interesting color.
If you can’t find this Japanese liqueur in stores and don’t have time to order it online before 31st October, you can also use another melon-flavored liqueur. You may not get the same color drink, but you can still add some spooky decorations to your house and garnish your potion glass with a creepy spider.
Other Spooky Cocktails
Haloween is all about serving slightly strange cocktails with ultra-dark or vibrant colors that would otherwise be seen as unappetizing at your standard cocktail party. Here are some other cocktails from the Barillio blog you can add to your Haloween party menu:
Instead of finishing these recipes with a slice of citrus fruit or a classy maraschino cherry, you can garnish with a fake eyeball, vampire teeth, or, in the case of a tequila sunrise, even a syringe of ‘blood’ aka the grenadine.
Now you know how to host a spectacular Halloween gathering with your friends and family, complete with a spooky cocktail, creepy food choices and a scary movie to end the night. We love how our customers can whip out their Barillio cocktail-making kits at every holiday throughout the year and turn mediocre parties into memorable events with signature drinks.