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Terrifying tipples for a spooktacular Halloween party

By Chrissie Fairclough

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Snapper Syringe gin cocktail.
Snapper Syringe gin cocktail.

Hard to believe anything could beat that killer clown costume, but these drinks just might!

So toss the toffee apples and put away the pumpkin.

Instead, make a big batch of one of these scary-good gin cocktails to serve at your party – or craft a single serve to sip and impress trick or treaters with your dedication to being creepy.

Vampire’s Glow

It’s easy: just add glow sticks to your drinks to brighten your Halloween party! If you’re even slightly concerned about leakage, tape the glow sticks to the outside of a clear glass.

Ingredients: 35ml Campari; 35ml gin; and the juice from 1 orange.

Mix ingredients for a bright orange effect – even more livid when served with a glow stick.

Blood Bag Cocktail

Every Halloween party needs a little blood, right? And what could be better than a pack of IV bag drink containers!

These are fast-filling and come with their own straws and labels for decoration. As the perfect cocktail for a blood bag should be bright red, we think cranberry is the way to go.

Ingredients: 35ml gin; 150ml cranberry juice; and 10ml lemon juice.

Mix ice cubes, gin and lemon juice. Top with the cranberry juice and stir. Taste and adjust the quantities how you'd like.

Snapper Syringe

If you swap gin for vodka, a Bloody Mary turns into a Red Snapper. Deliciously gory, this continues the blood theme. Just remember to grab the food safe syringes!

Ingredients: 35ml gin; 150ml tomato juice; dash of Tabasco; dash of Worcestershire sauce; and a sprinkle of celery salt.

Mix all the ingredients together to your taste. Add extra spice to turn up the heat!

Chrissie Fairclough is tastings director for Gin Club Scotland, which runs touring and distillery-based tastings, as well as offering tasting kits for people to run their own events. www.ginclubscotland.com

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