I freaking love Halloween!
BUT, one of the worst things about being British is that we don’t really do Halloween.
A holiday which is all about being given free sweets/chocolate = WIN in my book. So, as a kid, I was always sad that we didn’t get a full-on U.S. style celebration.
But, now I am a (sort-of) grown-up, although trick or treating is out, I can make my own celebration with dressing up, decorations and chocolate!
Plus we can now throw Halloween themed cocktails into the mix!
Given that Halloween is a sugar filled holiday, I wanted to keep this cocktail suitably skinny, with ingredients and no sugar.
It is all about balance, right?
Also, I did want blood oranges for this cocktail, BUT they are out of season until Jan (Boo!), so I made do with regular oranges and a dash of red food colouring to fit the Halloween theme. But, if you can get your hands on some then I definitely recommend using them for this!
Step 1 & 2 are to be prepped a couple of days in advance, BUT they only takes 5mins, plus once they are done, you can throw the cocktails together super quickly! No fancy cocktail equipment required.
Step 1: Infuse the tequila
To get a good chilli and ginger kick without needing to use a sugar syrup, you can infuse the tequila with these flavours. You will need:
- A bottle of your fave tequila
- 3-4 birds eye chilli peppers, chopped
- A big chunk of fresh ginger (approx 3 inches long), minced
Add the ginger and chilli to your tequila, and leave to infuse for a couple of days. If you are short on time, you can do this overnight, but the ginger flavour won’t be as strong.
Step 2: Sugar rims (optional)
If you want to make this a totally sugar-free sip, then skip this step. But, for spookiness and sweetness, you can add a black sugar rim to you cocktails.
It is so easy to make your own black sugar; just combine a couple tbsp of sugar and a couple of drops of black food colouring (I used gel, but liquid works too) in a ziplock bag. Massage the sugar and colouring together until combined, spread on a plate and leave to dry.
To rim the glasses, you just need to wet the glass rim with an orange slice and dip into the sugar.