By Juliette Dudley, Third-Year, Hispanic Studies
Going into Autumn and the Halloween season, now is a great time to try some new cocktail recipes by adding a twist to the classics!
Apple cider mimosa
This delicious mimosa is a brunch favourite spin-off using apple cider and spices for a cosy feel. The harvest inspired flavours create a delicious cocktail that’s easy to make. You can adapt it for larger parties by adding orange and cranberry juice to a punch bowl for a fruitier touch.
Apple slices, to garnish
Spiced sugar, for the rim
- Wet the rims of the glasses with apple cider, then dip into the sugary spiced mixture to coat the rim.
- Using the ratio 1:2:4 – rum: cider: prosecco, pour the rum and cider into the glasses then top up with prosecco or another sparkling wine of your choice.
- Garnish with apple slices if you choose to.
Top tip: Keep ice in your glasses whilst you mix the cocktails, to make sure your drinks are served cold.
Witches brew shooters
This deep purple coloured cocktail is a magnificent addition to any cocktail party. Using purple food colouring turns this ordinary shooter into your event’s eerie essential! This can be made into a longer drink by switching the lime juice shot with lemonade and using raspberry syrup instead of liqueur for a less alcoholic version.
For the rim:
3 drops purple food colouring
For the cocktail:
80ml lime juice
60ml raspberry liquor
- Prepare the shot glasses by dipping the rim in lime juice, then dipping into the purple sugar mixture to coat.
- Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
- Shake well, strain the drink and pour into the shot glasses.
Top tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a travel mug with a finger over the hole works well as a replacement!
Black magic cocktail
This spectacular twist on a Screwdriver will make the headline at any event! The black dye added to the vodka will create a scream-worthy variation that will be a hit this Halloween! Try not to make these in advance as the colours will mix and you won’t get that sunrise effect.
Black food colouring
500ml orange juice
4 tbsp grenadine
- Add the food colouring to the vodka until you are satisfied with the pigment.
- Divide the mixture between glasses, then add orange juice followed by a spoon of grenadine on top. Do not mix.
Top tip: Freeze your choice of Halloween sweets as a creepy alternative to ice cubes
Featured image: Lou Craven
Witch cocktail will you be drinking this Halloween?