The best Halloween cocktail

Halloween cocktail recipe: The Spooky Spice on Ice by Heretic Spirits

Introducing Heretic Spirits’ latest creation just in time for your Halloween cocktail party, the Spooky Spice on Ice. With a blend of sugar, spice and vibrant colour, there may not be a cocktail that is more appropriately representative of Halloween than the Spooky Spice on Ice. It’s sure to turn heads at your Halloween party… let’s just hope it doesn’t turn them all the way around.

How to make the best Halloween cocktail

(The Spooky Spice on Ice)

Halloween Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 oz Heretic Gin
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz Falernum syrup (optional but recommended)
  • 2 oz Ginger beer
  • 3-4 Blackberries
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Coloured sugar (red or black is spookiest)

Halloween Cocktail Prep Time

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Haloween Cocktail Glassware

  • Snifter
How to make halloween cocktail
Moisten ¼ of the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge. Dip the glass into a small amount of coloured sugar.
How to make halloween cocktail
Add whole blackberries, lemon juice, and falernum to a cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients together until berries have been crushed.
How to make halloween cocktail
Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add Heretic Gin. Shake for a minimum of 10 seconds.
How to make halloween cocktail
Strain all ingredients over crushed ice in rimmed glass.
How to make halloween cocktail
Add a thin layer of grenadine to the top of the cocktail, allowing it to cascade down. Serve and enjoy!

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Audio recipe for a Halloween Cocktail – The Spooky Spice on Ice

TIP: In order to add another level to the seasonal appearance of this drink, slice a lime into wheels approximately ½ cm thick and spread them out onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle sugar over the lime wheels and expose them to an open flame (kitchen torch or broil in oven briefly). The sugar will caramelize, while the outer rind and some of the flesh of the lime will char and blacken. Allow for the limes to cool and place on the rim of the glass.

The History of the Halloween Cocktail

Halloween is a lovely time of year. The heat and humidity of summer are long gone, and the leaves take on new, enchanting colours. The kids are back at school and preparing for their end-of-month sugar craze. The houses are decorated as scary as can be and filled with candy for anyone in the neighborhood brave enough to knock on the door.

It’s the time of year when you can light the fire (or turn on the fireplace channel) and cozy up with your loved ones. It’s also the time of year that you can get away with things that you might not at any other time.

You want to dress like a pirate? That’s OK.

You want to eat a small portion of your children’s candy and then convince them they already ate it? Sure. I mean, that’s kind of weird… but OK.

It seems like for a few short weeks at the end of October there’s something in the air. It feels you can do anything, and nothing is unacceptable. We’d like to take this time to remind you that, although it may not seem like it, there are still party fouls you should stay away from. Like showing up to the party without a costume. Or choosing to sing ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ when it’s your turn on the karaoke mic. Or, and maybe most serious of all faux pas, offering plain, boring and unimaginative cocktails at your Halloween party.

Luckily for you, we at Heretic have the solution to making sure that your thirst stays quenched, and that it’s done in style. We offer you the Spooky Spice on Ice. Our latest original cocktail, that combines the exceptional taste of our botanical gin with the subtle heat of real ginger beer. With a light hint of lime and blackberry to accentuate Heretic Gin flawlessly, topped with the spookiest garnishes we could think of, the Spooky Spice is sure to be the star of the party as a truly unique and delicious cocktail that will have all your guests asking for the recipe.

Also, in keeping with the season, this cocktail pairs beautifully with all things Halloween. The botanicals in the gin act as a great aperitif for a slice of pumpkin pie, the spice from the ginger beer will perfectly offset a handful of sugary candy and the notes of lime and blackberry somehow make chocolate even better. It is a well-rounded, fully festive cocktail that’ll leave you refreshed and excited for next year.