Halloween cocktail ideas you can make at home, let the spooking begin

Halloween doesn’t have to just be for the kids, you can of course have your own celebrations. Swap candies for cocktails, as Kathryn Nicholson from Kat’s Cocktail bar talks us through another spooky inspired spectacle so that you can have great Halloween inspired cocktails come the 31st of October. While there will be lots of parties going on across the globe to celebrate the spookiest night of the year, like New Year’s Eve, being Out Out for such occasions can get pretty pricey and of course venues will be packed. But just because you might not want to head to a pub or a bar, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create the full Halloween experience at home.

In fact, if you have kids, this is a great opportunity to gather a few friends over and really embrace this holiday. Decorate your house (use eBay, Amazon and stores like Wilko for great, cost effective decorations and of course load up on the sweets. But for the adults, it’s time to dust off your bar unit and get the cocktail shaker out.

Last week, Kathryn showed us how to make a Vampire’s Kiss, a bold red cocktail that is sure to impress guests. This week, it’s all about the crowd pleasing favourite, a Margarita, with an added scary twist that is perfect for fright night.

Try last weeks drink:

Black Magic Margarita


  • 40 g Black sprinkles/sugar (home hack, just use caster sugar and food colouring! Photo attached)
  • Ice
  • 120 ml silver tequilla
  • 60 ml triple sec (or any orange liqueur e.g. Cointreau)
  • 120 ml fresh lime juice red food colouring
  • Blue food colouring
  • Green food colouring
  • Lime slices, for garnish


If making coloured sugar, mix caster sugar and a drip of food colouring (do this by eyes to get the right effect, you should only need a drop).

Rim two glasses with a lime slice and dip into the black sugar.

Divide tequila, triple sec, and lime juice between two glasses and stir to combine.

Add food colouring until desired colour is achieved, do this by adding a very, very small drop at a time, you shouldn’t need much at all.

Add ice and garnish.


Kathryn Nicholson is founder and head mixologist of Kat’s Cocktail Bar.