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Halloween special: Whip up some spooky mixes with a heady twist

To celebrate Halloween, here are some chillicious cocktail recipes that are spirited, in every sense of the word.

more lifestyle Updated: Oct 29, 2017 16:39 IST
Etti Bali
Etti Bali
Hindustan Times
Halloween,Mixes,Drinks
Cocktails like Brain Haemorrhage and Kaala Jaadu are perfect for Halloween.

Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve (celebrated on October 31), though not a big holiday in our country, has steadily grabbed the fancy of the Capital’s party-goers. With theme parties and costume gigs ruling the city’s event roster, there’s plenty for everyone to indulge in. “The spookiest time of the year isn’t just a time for kids to dress up and trick or treat. It’s a fun event where people gather together and enjoy some scares, but the idea is to have fun. We have created drinks which are high on liquor and fearful in their presentation to add to the spooky Halloween fervour this year,” says mixologist Sandeep Das of Ministry of Beer.

And if you are one of those who plan to host their very own Halloween party, turning your den into a dungeon (or something less scary-sounding), here’s how you can serve up a storm. Here’s a list of some fancy, whacky and chilling cocktails that are high on flare and spirits, too. Easy to make, and garnished with the paraphernalia surrounding this holiday, these cocktails are not only a sight to behold, but also heady enough. “Our drinks bring alive the fun factor of Halloween and add to the naughty state-of-affairs in an ambience that adds to the spirit of the holiday,” says mixologist Rajeev Pundir of Big Boyz Lounge.

KAALA JAADU

Kaala Jaadu by Rajeev Pundir of Big Boyz Lounge.

Take 60ml scotch, 10ml caramel syrup, 20ml sweet and sour mix, 120ml pineapple juice and 10ml Napolean syrup and blend them in a blender till frothy. Garnish with pineapple slice and serve with some burnt pineapple for smokey effect.

VAMPIRE’S KISS MARTINI AND GRAVEYARD GHOSTS

Vampire’s Kiss Martini and Graveyard Ghosts by mixologist Prajjwal Rai of Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy.

For the Vampire’s Kiss Martini , bring together 50 ml vodka, 10 ml absinthe, blue curacao and lime juice. Garnish with red berry purée and green chili horns for an Insta-perfect cocktail — stirred, served straight up.
Graveyard Ghosts includes 60ml whiskey with crushed choco-vanilla biscuits and chocolate sauce. Garnish with mint and biscuits, shake, serve on the rocks.

THE WITCH’S HEART

The Witch’s Heart by Mixologist Aman Dua of Philtre.

Take 60ml dark rum, 15ml caramel syrup and five dashes of angostura bitters. Shake all the ingredients together and pour into the glass. For effect, you can try your hand at some flaring skills and impress guests with a caramel flambé.

VAMP’S BLOOD

Vamp’s Blood by mixologist Sandeep Das of Ministry of Beer.

Take one piece of beetroot, 30ml sweet and sour syrup, and 60ml orange juice in a shaker and blend. Top it further with with 60ml vodka . Garnish with a carved-out apple.

BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE

Brain Haemorrhage by mixologist Deepak Mishra of Foreign Dhaba.

Take 25ml green apple syrup, 25ml grenadine, 75ml vodka and ice in a shaker give it a good shake. Pour it in a tall glass and slowly add 50ml Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee to it. Top up with 25ml blue curaçao. For smoke, add some liquid nitrogen and serve chilled.

BLUE DEVIL

Blue Devil by mixologist Mandeep Rao of Prankster.

Stir together 45ml tequila, 15ml blue curaçao, 25ml lime juice, 10ml lemon juice and a dash of club soda. Infuse some liquid nitrogen for effect.

EDISON BULB

Edison Bulbyard by Ankur Dixit of The Junkyard Cafe.

Mix all the 30ml vodka, some watermelon syrup, crushed basil leaves and few drops of lemon juice. Serve in bulb glassware.

FIRE ON ICE

Fire on Ice by mixologist Gaurav of Molecule.

Pour 45ml tequila, 10ml passion fruit puree, 10ml caramel syrup and 10ml lime juice in a shaker and shake well. Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the mix in it. In a copper glass, put 15ml of sambuca, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 sprigs of thyme and 3 numbers star anise seeds. Flame 15ml sambuca and give it a good swirl to infuse the spices. Pour it on top of the drink prepared earlier.

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First Published: Oct 29, 2017 16:39 IST