I love this time of year! Usually by now, I would have planned a Halloween get together, bought obscene amounts of decorations, sent out invitations, and be putting the finishing touches on my costume. But it’s been a busy few months and I can hardly believe we are already in October! The year has just gotten away from me slightly. I do know what I’d like to be for Halloween though. Mildly tipsy!

If you’ve done better than me, and are planning a creepy bash this October 31st, Here are a few cocktail recipes I’ve rounded up to give you some spooky inspiration…

Ectoplasm Shots

halloween jelly vodka shots
  • Bottle of good quality tonic water (this is what makes the shots glow)
  • 2 packages of flavoured jelly powder. Lemon or Lime are good as the tonic will go well with the citrus.
  • 250ml Vodka
  • Halloween themed shot glasses, Try your local supermarket for loads of creepy glassware.
  • Gummy worms
  • A UV lamp or torch

1. Look at the instructions on the back of your jelly packets. Reduce the amount of water needed by 250ml as this volume will be taken up by vodka.

2. Make up the jelly as instructed but substitute tonic water instead of plain water.

3. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes (must still be liquid) and stir in the vodka.

4. Pour the mixture into shot glasses and drape a gummy worm into the mixture and over the rim of each shot glass

5. Transfer to the fridge to set.

6. When you are ready to serve, dim the lights and shine a blacklight on your shots to see them glow!

Witches Blood (serves 4)

witches blood cocktail red
  • 1/4 cup chambord or raspberry liqueur
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Purple food colouring
  • 1 Lime
  • Cranberry juice
  • Edible pearlescent powder in silver or purple
  • Ice

1. Squeeze a little lime juice into a saucer

2. Stir a drop of food colouring into your sugar until it turns deep purple. Add a tiny bit at a time or it may start to dissolve. Spread the sugar onto another saucer.

3. Dip the rims of your glasses first into the lime juice and then into the sugar. Set the rimmed glasses to one side.

4. Add the vodka, chambord and lime juice to the cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

5. Shake well and strain into glasses.

6. Add a pinch of shimmer powder to each glass, top up with cranberry juice and stir gently to watch the witches blood sparkle!

Beetle Juice (makes just over 3 ltr)

bug juice party novelty cocktail
  • Large punch bowl
  • Package of large hard plastic spiders or bugs from a party shop
  • White candy floss
  • 70cl bottle spiced rum
  • 250ml blue curacao
  • 2 litres pineapple juice
  • Ice

1. Wash your plastic bugs thoroughly with dish soap, rinse well, and leave to dry.

2. Add all the liquid ingredients to your punch bowl and stir to combine into a nice zombie green mixture.

3. Add your plastic bugs to the bowl (for presentation only, careful not to choke)

4. Pull your candy floss apart a bit so it looks like spider webs, and drape around the outside and over the bowl, be careful not to make contact with the liquid or it will quickly dissolve!

5. To serve, ladle into glasses of ice, add a black paper straw and float a puff of candy floss on top like a spiders egg sac. Very creepy.

On second thoughts, maybe I will plan that party after all!

Happy Halloween!