5 Spooktacular Cocktails to Bring Back From The Grave

5 Spooktacular Cocktails to Bring Back From The Grave

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Liquorland
October 28, 2018
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Halloween has a rich history, dating all the way back to 16th century Celtic harvest festivals. In particular, the Gaelic festival known as ‘Samhain’, which roughly translates as ‘The Sacred Festival of Wearing Glow-In-The-Dark Skeleton Suits and Spooking Your Friends’.

Halloween has a rich history, dating all the way back to 16th century Celtic harvest festivals. In particular, the Gaelic festival known as ‘Samhain’, which roughly translates as ‘The Sacred Festival of Wearing Glow-In-The-Dark Skeleton Suits and Spooking Your Friends’.

Back then, the most popular costume was ‘Sexy King George II’ and the most popular drink was mead with green food colouring. It was a simpler time.

In Australia, however, there’s a shockingly high chance that Halloween isn’t on your radar. But we want to change that! This year we’re bringing back some drinks from the dead. Drinks that were once all-the-rage, but have since been committed to the grave.

Rev up those MySpace accounts, put on your JNCO jeans, press play on your favourite Hanson cassette. It’s time to look back at some things that used to be cool, but for some reason aren’t anymore.

The Gin Rickey

If you were a 1900s-era socialite, chances are you were sipping on a Gin Rickey while you were discussing the exciting rise of the automobile, and the Russian revolution. It’s been on the outs since then, though.

This bev is perfect to resurrect if you’re going to a Halloween party dressed as a turn-of-the-century oil mogul. Y’know, the classic turn-of-the-century-oil-mogul costume. It’s a staple of Halloween parties everywhere.

Ingredients

60mL Four Pillars Gin

Juice of 1 lime

120mL club soda

1 lime wedge

Method

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour the gin and lime juice on top and garnish with a lime wedge.

 

Swampy Blue Lagoon

You know in early ‘90s comedy movies, where the outrageous lead character (probably played by Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler) goes to the bar and defies expectations by ordering a giant blue cocktail served in a fishbowl garnished with an entire pineapple?

That’s a blue lagoon cocktail. And, honestly, we can see why they’ve fallen out of favour. But that’s okay, because we’re resurrecting a slightly mutated version. It’s still delicious, and it’s a reasonable serving size. We’re keeping the blue hue, but adding a hint of green as well – for Halloween gross-out points. Give it a whirl!

Ingredients

15mL VOK Blue Curacao

30mL Midori

30mL Smirnoff Double Black Vodka

60mL pineapple juice

Soda water

Pineapple wedges for garnish

Method

Mix the Blue Curacao, Midori and vodka into a highball glass and add pineapple juice. Top with soda water while stirring gently. Add pineapple wedges and serve.

 

Adriatique

Everyone’s so obsessed with Aperol Spritz these days they forget about the variety of experiences Aperol can offer. Stop hogging the limelight Spritz! There are other cocktails out there that deserve a shot – like the Adriatique. This retro Italian cocktail has fallen out of the limelight, but we think that it’s jack-o-lantern orange appearance makes it more than appropriate for fright night.

Ingredients

30mL Amaro Montenegro

30mL Orange juice

15mL Aperol

Method

Shake all three together until fully combined, then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Roman Snakebite Wine

Only those born in ancient Roman times will remember this cocktail. That’s right, we’re going back. Waaaaay back. To a time when emperors were murdered, and toga parties were just called parties.

Back in ancient Rome, wine was mixed with various fruits to protect townspeople from snake bites (they thought the fruit was medicinal). Let’s bring these wine cocktails back! It’s Halloween! Julius Caesar is a great costume! Carpe Diem (YOLO)!

Ingredients

150mL Vero Prosecco

Juniper berries

Pomegranate

15mL Lemoncello

Method

Muddle the juniper berries and pomegranate seeds in lemoncello and top with prosecco, to taste.


The Oldest Known Alcoholic Drink

You think we’re stopping at ancient Rome? It’s Spooktober, baby! We’re resurrecting cocktails so old they’re probably buried in an ancient Chinese tomb.

Seriously, the oldest known alcoholic drink comes from China – in about 7000 B.C. It’s made with rice, grapes, honey and hawthorn berries. But we’re putting a modern spin on it. Because, to be honest, it’ll probably be a pain to try and ferment those things yourself.

Whip out your strongest magic spell. Because here’s the cocktail that time forgot. The ghost of cocktails past – back, haunting your liquor cabinet. It would be exciting if it wasn’t so damn dang spooky.

Ingredients

150mL Bird’s Eye View Shiraz

30mL Gekkeikan Sake

15mL honey

5mL Maraschino cherry juice

1 Maraschino cherry

Method

Shake the red wine and sake together with the honey until the syrupy honey emulsifies with the wine. Add the cherry juice and stir with the cherry. Leave the cherry in for garnish and enjoy!