Burlesque dancers and cocktails go glass in gloved hand. Here’s our list of burlesque Halloween cocktails: alcoholic and virgin, simple and OTT and all perfect for a grotesque burlesque show.
Burlesque Halloween Cocktail Recipes
Whether you’re going all-out in Halloween makeup or rocking a burlesque costume, a cocktail will complete the night. You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a spooky and nommy treat but we have some of those too.
An easy way to dress-up any drink is with Halloween decorations like goblets, fun cups and cup decorations. Disposable may be bad for the environment but we won’t tell anyone. Ahem. And obviously dry ice goes a long way.
Why stop there? It’s also easy to DIY some Halloween decorations. You can begin by hollowing a pumpkin. You can then fill it with ice and add bottles of beer for those not in the cocktail spirit. Simple! You can then make something yummy with the pumpkin later.
Non-alcoholic alternative: Add soft drinks to the pumpkin. You can also buy Tru Blood like from the hit HBO vampire show. It’s a fizzy orange drink and the stylish bottles are a great keepsake.
Alcoholic Halloween Cocktail Recipes
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Red drinks are the obvious go-to choice for a Halloween party or grotesque burlesque evening. Red wine (mulled) or a punch bowl of sangria (with added black liquorice creeping over the edge) are quick and easy choices.
Non-alcoholic alternative: You can also make non-alcoholic sangria. Replace fruit slices in the bowl with lychee and liquorice for eyeball and spider decorations.
Bloody Mary Drink
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The ultimate red drink for Halloween, however, is a Bloody Mary drink. It’s easy to make, iconic and good the morning after. Cough. For a Bloody Mary cocktail you will need:
- A double shot of vodka;
- Half a lemon, only for the juice;
- Six dashes of Worcestershire sauce;
- Three dashes Tabasco sauce;
- Tomato juice 150ml/5fl oz;
- A pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Put two ice cubes in a glass and pour in the vodka. Then add the lemon juice, sauces and tomato juice before stirring. Taste test to your liking and season. Voila!
Non-alcoholic alternative: It’s equally simple, just leave out the vodka.
Fat Frog Drink
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Invoke ghouls and goblins with this fluorescent green cocktail recipe. Fat Frog is the perfect tipple for alco-pop loving lovelies. If you’re looking for a sugar boost with your booze then this is the drink for you. For a Fat Frog cocktail you will need:
- A bottle of WKD Blue;
- A bottle of Bacardi Breezer Orange;
- A bottle of Smirnoff Ice White (red label).
Small bottles will mix three drinks and large bottles are perfect for a ghoulish punch bowl. Use equal parts (a third each) of the alco-pops and you get this eye-catching creation.
Non-alcoholic alternative: For a green fizzy drink, you can now pick up some Mountain Dew for a tangy energy boost. Though, you can re-live your youth and go hyper on some Tizer. It will colour you red but you won’t care, it’s Halloween after all.
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We all know people who are on the healthy bandwagon and Swamp Sips offers them some seductive indulgence. For Swamp Sips you will need:
- Green smoothies from health food shops or make your own;.
- A shot of Tequila;
- Lime wedge.
Mix the ingredients with ice and you can offer a naughty but nice health drink.
Non-alcoholic alternative: Skip the tequila and they can bask in the glow of a pumpkin lantern, guilt-free.
Chocolate Malted Martini
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We also all know people with a sweet tooth (if you don’t, hint: it’s us). There are many martini recipes out there but few are more decadent than a chocolate one. To make a Chocolate Malted Martini you will need:
- Three tablespoons vodka;
- Three tablespoon chocolate syrup;
- A tablespoon chocolate malt powder (such as Ovaltine);
- A tablespoon of sugar alternative (Splenda etc.);
- Two dashes chocolate bitters (optional).
In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, chocolate syrup, malt powder, sugar replacement and bitters. Shake vigorously, then strain into a glass. Now enjoy!
Non-alcoholic alternative: Hot chocolate to warm up on a blustery Autumn evening.
Black Devil Martini
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Well while you’re making martinis, you may as well have options. Try this spooky and exquisite Black Devil Martini. To make this cocktail you will need:
- Two oz. dark rum;
- Half oz. dry vermouth;
- Black olive;
- Orange sugar.
Stir the ingredients and strain into chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives. Happy Halloween!
Check out How to Burlesque Cocktails for all occasions and watch our quick-fire answer to: what is burlesque?
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