Halloween Cocktails in Glasgow
We love a good cocktail around here, and if it's seasonal, all the better. Mulled wine mixtures at Christmas, Pimms potions in summertime, and when it comes to spooky season, we love a good creepy concoction. From their devilish names, to their freaky ingredients, or simply the ghoulish glasses they're poured into, take a look at our pick of the boozey brews you'll be drinking this Halloween in Glasgow.
Hillhead Bookclub is already something of a spooky place, all that old furniture and strange accoutrements dotted about. And while there are all manner of weird and whacky offerings in the West End bar, we reckon their Femme Fatale is up there. Aivy pear & mint vodka, Millers gin, strawberry and cracker pepper; that sounds like just the witch's brew that would give us a serious case of the heebie jeebies.
You know we're fans of the White Russians at Lebowski's, but when it comes to Halloween cocktails in Glasgow, we've only got eyes for The Undertaker. Jim Beam Red Stag cherry Bourbon, coffee liqueur, cola and whipped cream - a ghoulish flavour combo, that some how works. Another ghoulish addition to the menu is The Toe (minty, chocolatey, and delicious) - well you couldn't have an ode to the movie without that creepy wee character, could you?
Make a deal with the devil (or your mates) and order this rather cool, rather potent, sharer cocktail. A bubbling (skull shaped) cauldron of Belvedere Pure vodka, blended with créme de pêche, cranberry, pineapple and lime juice with honey poured over a full bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne. At £69 this drink is not for the faint hearted - or the lonesome - a swanky, scary Halloween cocktail, to share with friends or foes.
Now, when we think of Hummingbird, we normally think of chic decor, cool features, and raucous karaoke. But don't forget, this Bath Street bar has a spooky side - they do have a fancy dress box, you know - and some seriously glam, ghoulish cocktails. The Skull Sharers, are a choice of two mixology masterpieces. Skull 1 blends, elderflower liqueur, with vodka, blueberries, fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice for a fruity floral dream, and the darker Skull 2 fuses three rums, with lime, cranberry and orange. Strong, spooky and stylish - our kind of cocktail.
Blue Dog offers up the old school classic, and original creepy cocktail, the Zombie, in two varieties, regular and Super Zombie. The latter is limited to one per person, so we reckon you may actually become the walking dead if you have too many of these potent potions. With five kinds of rum, a dash of brandy and a selection of juices, this fruity little number has serious freak factor.
With a penchant for the potent and a love of dressing up, The Riding Room was always going to make our list of Halloween cocktails in Glasgow. But perhaps their most scream-worthy offering is Green Death. They say "Beer before liquor, never sicker," so why not lash them all in one glass Beer, Cider, and Blue Curacao - we defy you not to turn a little green after this one.
The Lane Bar's take on the Bloody Mary gives some added spooky spice to the blood curdling cocktail. With Smirnoff black vodka infused with Bird's Eye Chili, and Finlandia vodka, infused with cracked black peppercorn, and of course, the ubiquitous tomato juice. Spoiler alert, there's no tabasco sauce in this - there doesn't need to be. Positively hellish.
I you simple can't handle a long drink this Halloween in Glasgow, why not opt for a spooky shot instead. Tingle Shooter Bar basts all manner of neon creations, and viscous concoctions, but perhaps their ode to Frankenstein, the Mad Scientist is their most freaky. Containing not one, not two, but three heavy-weights of the shots world, sambuca, tequila and absinthe, along with a dash of tabasco sauce for good measure, if that doesn't start a bonfire inside you, nothing will.
If you like your Halloween bevvies positively blood curdling, then Booly Mardy's is just the place to head this spooky season, their Bloody Mary selection is, well, to die for. But our favourite creepy cocktail has to be their Corpse Reviver No. 2, with Tanqueray Gin, Cocchi Americano, Curacao, Lemon, Absinthe - strong and scary, just how we like 'em.