Halloween cocktails you can make at home

Welcome to the first Kat’s cocktail column and what better time to launch as we head in to a season of celebration and with National Champagne Day just a day away.

Mixologist Kathryn Nicholson of Kat’s Cocktail Bar is founder and head mixologist of Kat’s Cocktail Bar and The Style Life’s latest columnist, ready to teach you how to make delicious and stylish drinks in the comfort of your own home.

SCROLL DOWN to learn how to make a Vampire’s Kiss.

Kathryn brings a scientific yet artistic flair to the crafted cocktail. A theatre design and marketing graduate, as well as life-long lover of gastronomy, Kathryn became accidentally immersed in bartending during March 2020 when what began as an at home bar shelf quickly became a passion and obsession. 

After years of travelling the country and world to discover new cuisine, wine, and cocktails, Kathryn already had an understanding and interest in the industry – attending masterclasses in both wine and cocktails had given her a base knowledge to build on, as well as a feel for what just tastes right. As an artist she has a flair for the visuals of mixology and loves to experiment with colour, glassware, garnish and nature when creating. 

After trying all the classics, inventing her own cocktails, reading up on history, making her own spirits and liquors, taking cocktail making classes and soaking up all the information she could from books Kathryn then enrolled in the Diageo Bar Academy while launching Kat’s Cocktail Bar. She has run numerous mixology classes both virtually and in person and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge, home hacks, seeing people have fun and get excited, and most of all the expression on someone’s face when they first make a cocktail for themselves – cheers! 

To kick start this column, Kat’s rustled up a Halloween cocktail that will certainly add a little treat to your evening this year. No tricks, just great drinks, easily and accessibly made without the hefty bar bill at the end of the night! And rather appropriately as it is National Champagne Day, this cocktail has a hint of fizz too.

Vampire’s Kiss

Ingredients:

20ml raspberry liqueur

25ml vodka

Ice

handful of frozen raspberries

Red sugar to garnish (optional) – made with sugar and red food colouring.

Champagne, to top up

Method:

STEP 1

Chill a martini or cocktail glass. Pour the raspberry liqueur and vodka into a cocktail shaker and add a handful of ice and the raspberries.

STEP 2

Shake until the outside of the shaker feels very cold. If using the coloured sugar, dip the rim of your chilled glass into cold water, then into the sugar.

STEP 3

Fine-strain the cocktail into your prepared glass and top with the champagne.

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