In previous years Manchester's club scene would come alive for Halloween.

Themed-nights were hosted and the city's party-goers would pour onto the streets in head-to-toe fancy dress to attend booked up club nights and raves.

But, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - many people will be staying in to celebrate Halloween with members of their household and support bubble.

But it doesn't have to be dull.

If you're planning a themed night in for yourself and your loved ones - get into the spooky spirit of the season by creating impressive Halloween-themed cocktails.

Here's our round up of the best recipes recommended by social media users - drink responsibly!

Zombie Brain Shot

To wash down your Halloween-themed foods, try a Zombie Brain Shot.

The recipe was posted by the @sincitybartender on TikTok and received more than 13k likes.

Narrating over the video, the bartender says: "Here's what you need Grenadine, Irish Cream, Peach Schnapps and Crème de Menthe.

"Step one, add Peach Schnapps.

"Step two, add a dash of Crème de Menthe.

"Step three, carefully add Irish Cream.

"Step four, add Grenadine.

"Drink up!"

Graveyard Shift

The Graveyard Shift cocktail created by @garnish_girl ⁠is a coffee-infused treat featuring crumbled Oreos.

The main alcohol used in this concoction is coffee but you can switch it to a different spirit of your choice.

⁠For the drink you will need 1.5 oz Oreo-infused Vodka, 3/4 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz espresso and 1/4 oz vanilla simple syrup.⠀

Shake and strain the ingredients into a cocktail glass of your choice and then top with lightly sweetened vanilla whipped cream and crumbled Oreos that resemble soil on a grave.

The Upside Down

This shimmering dark red cocktail was created by the Crowded Kitchen Blog.

You will need 3 oz silver tequila, 1 oz Triple sec (or other orange-flavoured liqueur), 6 oz unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup, 6 raspberries and 6 blackberries, 1/2 oz tart cherry extract, 1/4 tsp edible pearl dust (optional).

Method:

  1. Muddle 3 raspberries and 3 blackberries in a tall cocktail glass.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then add tequila, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Pour into cocktail glass.
  4. In a small measuring cup or glass, stir together tart cherry and edible pearl dust.

Once the cocktail has been made, garnish with two upside down blackberries threaded onto a needle resting on the rim of the glass.

Midnight Margarita

This Midnight Margarita recipe was created by @laurenpalmer.

To have a go at recreating the drink yourself at home, you will need 1 cup lime juice, 1 cup tequila, 1 can cream of coconut, 1/4 cup triple sec, salt and ice.

Mix the ingredients in together then pour into a glass with a salted rim.

To make it dazzle, add some edible glitter and, to turn the whole cocktail green add a couple of drops of food colouring.

Grindelwald’s Goblet

This luminous 'colour changing' potion- created by @gastronomcocktails - is said to be inspired the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The green colour is created by mixing orange juice with blue Curacao.

If you want to give the drink an extra spooky touch - add dry ice and a Halloween-themed garnish.

For this recipe you will need 0.75 oz Apple Brandy, 0.75 oz gold rum, 0.25 oz absinthe, 1 oz orange juice, 0.50 oz mango puree or juice, 0.25 oz freshly squeezed lime juice, a spoonful of Orgeat and 0.25 oz blue curacao.

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients except blue curacao in a shaker with regular ice.
  2. Shake to combine. Strain into a glass with ice.
  3. Pour in the blue curacao.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Add dry ice for effect, if desired!

Frankenstein's Punch (mocktail)

This recipe for Frankenstein's Punch was created by the Real Food team at Tesco.

Perfect for children, no alcohol is involved in the making of the punch - but if you're serving to adults you could always add a splash of rum or your favourite liquor.

Fizzy and fiery, the drink includes ginger beer, tangy limeade and frightening 'monster's eyeballs'.

Frankenstein's Punch created by Tesco

You will need 850g lychees in syrup, 9 black grapes, 9 white grapes, 1 ltr sugar-free ginger beer, 1 ltr sugar-free limeade or lemonade, green food colouring gel.

You can easily create the potion using Tesco's six-step method:

  1. Drain the lychees, reserving the juice.
  2. Stuff the lychees with the grapes.
  3. Divide the lychee 'eyeballs' between 6 tumblers.
  4. Put the reserved lychee juice in a large jug with the ginger beer and limeade or lemonade.
  5. Add enough food colouring to turn the liquid a bright green.
  6. Pour it over the 'eyeballs' just before serving

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