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Negroni & Other Halloween Cocktails

So, it’s now October which means I can talk about what is probably my FAVOURITE of all the holidays… Halloween!

I really love a Halloween party so around this time of year I start to scope out ideas for new drinks and nibbles to wow others at the parties. Thankfully, I don’t need to look any further for drinks as I was contacted recently by thebar.com who asked if I wanted to try one of their halloween cocktails. I’m all for test runs, so of course I said yes and my cocktail of choice was the Negroni!

Don’t be fooled by the colour. I know it looks like cherryade, but beware because this cocktail packs a PUNCH!

I often think that as a nation we seem to have forgotten how lovely bitter flavours are, but this cocktail certainly hasn’t forgotten and it really does carry a bitter edge. If I’m honest, I think it was a little too bitter for me and I added a little sugar syrup to round out the flavour but if you like bitter tastes I’m sure you will love this. The campari and vermouth also add wonderful orangey and herby flavours that make this taste like a very grown up drink indeed.

Picture the scene; a halloween party out on the terrace, canapés galore, me in a catsuit vampire outfit, drinking this delicious red drink. What could be more perfect for halloween?!

If you want even more fabulous inspiration for cocktails, be sure to check out The Bar’s Halloween Cocktails section where you’ll find excellent recipes for:

  • The Red Widow
  • A Bloody Easy Mary
  • Sangria
  • Zombie Pirate
  • …and many, many more!

So now I’ve got you sold on the best drink for the end of this month, I’d better tell you how to make it…

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With Mediterranean herbs, a hint of orange and gin botanicals, the Negroni recipe is full of flavour – and history. This classic Italian cocktail is loved by bartenders for its subtle bitterness and use of vermouth.
  • 25ml Gordon’s® London Dry Gin
  • 25ml vermouth rosso
  • 25ml campari
  • 1 twist orange
1. Fill a short glass with ice cubes. 2. Using a jigger, measure 25ml Gordon’s London Dry Gin, 25ml vermouth Rosso and 25ml campari into the glass. 3. Stir with a bar spoon until the ingredients are well combined. 4. Using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a short glass filled with ice cubes. 5. With a sharp knife and a chopping board, cut a piece of orange peel and twist over the rim of the glass to garnish.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cocktail

The Crafty Larder encourages you to drink mindfully. For advice on sensible enjoyment of alcohol please visit Drinkaware.

Disclaimer: This post was commissioned by The Bar. As always, all views expressed are my own personal opinions.

3 thoughts on “Negroni & Other Halloween Cocktails”

  • This looks highly appropriate for Halloween with that blood red colour. A long time since I tried any Campari and I wasn't keen back then but probably I'm more adventurous now and it's worth another go – especially if there's gin involved!

  • I had the same thought as you – blood red negronis are ideal for a Halloween party! They are also my favourite cocktail so I would say that 😛 Great post Kevin 🙂

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