It's that spooky time of year! Halloween calls for some scaringly delicious cocktails to enjoy with a Stroodle, of course. Here are the recipes of our top 5 Halloween Drinks that you can easily make at home or enjoy in some of the best bars in London!
When your start your evening with a Negroni, you know you're in for a wild one ...and a nightmare of a hangover the morning after 😆 This cocktail is easy to make and goes down a treat with it's distinctive, pleasantly bitter taste - especially when you drink it with a pasta straw.
It was invented in Florence by Count Camillo Negroni. In the early 20th century he asked the bartender to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by replacing the usual soda water with gin. Brave, brave man!
But thank you Count Camillo, we love your spiked Americano. Here's Liquor's recipe...
• 1 ounce gin
• 1 ounce Campari
• 1 ounce sweet vermouth
• Garnish: orange peel
How to mix:
Pour all the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir stir stir until they combine and get nice and cold. Strain into a new glass and add fresh ice, garnish with an orange peel. Enjoy with a Stroodle!
If Camillo was alive today and living in London, he'd go to get his Negroni at Emilia's - and order some fresh pasta along with it too!
We feel like you can never go too wrong when you order an Old Fashioned. Smokey in taste and looks, this cocktail HAD to be included in our best drinks for Halloween list! Here's Freutcake recipe for you to try at home...
• 2 ounces Bourbon
• 10-12 dashes Dark Chocolate Bitters
• 2 strips of orange peel
• squeeze of fresh orange juice
• 1 Amarena cherry or Luxardo cherry
• 1 teaspoon cherry syrup (from cherries)
• 1/2 ounce simple syrup, optional
• large ice cube
• dry ice
How to mix:
1. In a heavy tumbler, muddle together orange peel and cherry.
2. Add in bourbon, chocolate bitters, squeeze of orange juice, cherry syrup and simple syrup.
3. Stir to combine and add one large ice cube. Stir to melt slightly and chill drink.
4. Carefully drop in a small chunk of dry ice using a metal spoon.
5. Garnish with additional cherry or orange zest.
6. Serve quickly with a Stroodle!
If you are not quite the mixologist, but still an Old Fashioned fan, you should go get your fix at The Permit Room. You're in London but it feels like Bombay in the 1950s, when alcohol was only to be consumed "for the preservation of one's health." What's new?? 😂
This cocktail has a scary name, and so it should be! This delicious pin-up has a deadly side, with an absinthe and cinnamon explosion as the final warning shot ☠️ Head to Laki Kane or Tropix in London to try this tropical concoction - hopefully you'll still have your eyebrows when you leave 👀 🎃 Here's a not-so-fiery recipe to make this tiki drink at home from The Spruce Eats...
• 1 ounce light rum
• 1 ounce dark rum
• 1 ounce orange curaçao liqueur
• 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
• 1 1/2 ounces passion fruit puree (or syrup)
• 1/2 ounce lemon juice
• 1/2 ounce lime juice
• 1/4 ounce grenadine
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• Garnish: sprig mint
• Garnish: seasonal fruit
How to mix:
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with fresh mint, seasonal fruit and a Stroodle pasta straw!
A margarita dressed up for Halloween, looks like a Coke but I assure you, it's much more vicious. This drink has a mysterious origins, no one really knows who invented it and where... It's heavy on tequila 💃 so we think the first one originated on Mexican soil, but the Mexicans may have had little to do with creating the recipe - they weren't huge fans of cocktails back in the 40s. Here's how to make this extra spooky margarita with Climbing Grier Mountain's recipe...
• 4 oz tequila
• 2 oz triple sec
• 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
• 2 cups crushed ice
• lime wedge
• lime slices, for garnish
• 1/2 cup black salt
• blue food colouring
• red food colouring
• green food colouring
How to mix:
1. In a large measuring cup combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice.
2. Next, add the food colouring (about a drop of each at first). Continue to stir and add colourings until desired colour is achieved.
3. Pour the black salt onto a plate. Take the lime wedge and rub it around each glass. Dip the glass into the black salt.
4. Fill each glass with ice. Pour the margarita mixture into the glass, garnish with fresh lime slices and enjoy with a Stroodle!
Head to FAM in London for a banging margarita, it won't look so black but it'll be scaringly delicious 😉
We saved the best for last - a Bloody Mary. We feel like we could drink a Bloody Mary every day of the week, not just for Halloween! It'll be particularly helpful to know how to make it if you're planning on having a few of the cocktails above... I'm no doctor but it hits the spot when you're trying to get over a hangover! Also, our Stroodles pasta straws are a match made in heaven with tomato, in a pan and in a drink 🍝 Here's the recipe to make it from BBC GoodFood.
• large handful of ice
• 100ml vodka
• 500ml tomato juice
• 1 tbsp lemon juice, plus 2 slices to serve
• few shakes Worcestershire sauce
• few shakes Tabasco (smoked Tabasco is nice)
• pinch celery salt
How to mix:
1. Place the ice in a large jug. Measure the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice and pour it straight onto the ice.
2. Add 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco (or more if you like it very spicy) and a pinch of celery salt and pepper. Stir until the outside of the jug feels cold, then strain the cocktail into 2 tall glasses.
3. Top up with fresh ice, add a celery stick and lemon slice to both glasses and enjoy.
And if the hangover is so bad you can't think, then head to The Distillery in West London for one with some delicious food as well.
We'd love to hear how you got on making these cocktails, leave a comment below! We hope that you have a Stroodling Halloween and get to dress up and have fun!! 👻