Halloween and excessive amounts of alcohol - the perfect holiday.

The lovely people at Red Square Vodka sent me over some alcohol to get creative with in the kitchen and come up with a couple of spooky Halloween themed cocktails for this weekend.

I’ve tried to keep them as simple as I can and without too many expensive ingredients. There’s nothing worse than looking at the perfect cocktail recipe and then realising you need to splash out a tenner on a bottle of bitters, just to use a couple of splashes.

Happy Halloween!

Charlottes Poisoned Web

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A (liquorice) twist on the classic Cosmo recipe.

2 Parts Red Square Vodka
2 Parts Triple Sec Liqueur
1 Part Cranberry Juice
A Squeeze of Lime
Liquorice Sticks (As many, or as few as you want – depending on how strong of a taste you want)

Shake with ice then strain into a chilled glass. Finish off with a few sticks of liquorice which act as the spiders legs in the web. I was a bit pressed for time and could only get hold of thick liquorice sticks but personally I think 8 thin string like pieces would be more aesthetically pleasing and apt.

Blood of a Virgin Mary

A spicy twist on the hangover favourite, Bloody Mary.

2 Parts Red Square Vodka
4 Parts Tomato Juice
1 Part Worcestershire Sauce
½ Part Lemon Juice
6 Dashes Hot Sauce – It’s recommended to stop at 4 but where’s the fun in that? Make it HOT!
1 Teaspoon Horseradish
Salt To Taste
Ground black pepper 
Hot Pepper
1 Wedge Lemon

Lash everything into a shaker and then pour into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with the lemon and pepper (instead of celery) and test your taste buds – can they handle the heat?

Save this one for your hangover on Sunday.

Have fun!

See also: How To Drink On a Budget