It’s that time of year where everyone starts to head inside to socialise and our palettes turn to wanting something darker and richer. Cue Halloween. This first festivity of fall is a fun time to bring out your creativity. We have rounded up some of our favourite ways you can make your restaurant, pub, bar, or party special for Halloween. Please scroll all the way down for ways to take your cocktails, decor, and desserts to a super spooky level.
SPOOKY, SOPHISTICATED COCKTAILS
In the era of the cocktail, everyone is looking for a new take on their beloved spirits. Here are three different ones you try to bring a unique spin to Halloween.
VAMPIRE CYNAR NEGRONI
This cocktail takes its new spin from the use of strawberry infused Campari and sprig of Rosemary. Drop in a small piece of dry ice for extra drama.
1 Rosemary Sprig
30 ml Rye reposado gin, Dry
30 ml Strawberry infused Campari
Check out the video below on how to make it!
QUICK AND EASY DECORATIONS WITH IMPACT
SCARY APOTHECARY CURIOSITIES
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If you have any extra jars or canisters lying around, this is a super quick way to add scary decorations to your back bar. Head to the market and purchase various creepy looking vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, and fennel. Combine food colourings and water in a jar and place your desired vegetable inside. For fun try using a different colour for each jar- green, red or light orange all look realistic. For extra impact, you can print out some quick labels and stick them on. Try adding tonic water to these and bring in a UV light-they will glow.
DUSTY SPIDER WEBS AND SPOOKY CHARACTERS
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Here are a few quick ideas to spruce up your place for Halloween.
Place a few ‘dead’ gamblers around to greet your guests.
Spray a few branches from outside with black spray paint, place in a vase or jar and decorate with spider webs, paper crows and anything else you fancy.
Nip into a charity shop and find an old portrait painting. Glue Googly eyes and cover with spider webs to bring a humorous and creepy element to your pub.
TEMPORARY TATTOO PUMPKINS
Once you find your favourite pumpkin, give it a clean with a damp cloth and then follow the instructions below on how to apply your favourite temporary tattoos.
HALLOWEENIFY YOUR DESSERT MENU
Make your Halloween menu more fun by embellishing your desserts with a bit of Halloween flair.
ESPRESSO GRAVE STONE SHORTBREADS
Make a batch of these and add them to an existing dessert or hot chocolate on your menu to leave your diners in the Halloween spirit.
RED VELVET GONE DARK
Try swapping the traditional cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake for a rich chocolate ganache version. Extra points for raspberry coulis!
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