OpenTable rounds up some of the best blood-curdling drinks on offer across the capital
From the Corpse Reviver to the Nosferatini, there is a whole host of gruesome cocktails to try across London this Halloween.
Sleepy Hollow at Skylon
Grab a seat at the bar in the low-lit Skylon restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall for a creepy Sleepy Hollow cocktail. This dark red and green specialty is made with Pink pigeon rum, crème de cassis, apple juice, elderflower cordial, lime and cucumber, shaken and double strained, before being garnished with a lime wheel and served up in a Martini glass.
Skull and Rose at York & Albany
Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany restaurant in Camden is serving up a spooky Skull and Rose cocktail made with Bacardi Carta Oro, fresh pear juice, Chartreuse Green, lime juice, sugar, mint leaves and parsley, that is shaken over ice and strained into a high ball glass before being garnished with a rose. The restaurant’s head chef Will Stanyer is also preparing a few festive dishes for diners, including savoury pumpkin pies and squid ink arancini.
Eye for an Eye at Scarfes Bar
Scarfes Bar in High Holborn’s Rosewood Hotel isn’t holding back on the creep-factor with its Halloween cocktail, Eye for an Eye. The orange delicacy is a gruesome twist on the classic Moscow Mule, made with Snow Queen vodka, roasted pumpkin puree, home made brown syrup, lime and topped up with ginger beer – and garnished with a jelly eyeball seen floating in the drink and some organic raspberry blood.
Corpse Reviver at Balthazar
Balthazar has created a number of events this year under the name Balthoween, as well as creating the suitably ghoulish cocktail named Corpse Reviver, dreamed up by bar manager Brian Silva. This drink is made with Beefeater Gin, Absinthe, Cocchi Americano, Cointreau and lemon juice and goes perfectly with the pastry chef’s Witches Hat Parfait. The desert is a praline parfait made on a bed of hazelnut sponge with a chocolate cremeux grave and pistachio soil.
Arsenic at Jinjuu Soho
Korean street food restaurant Jinjuu Soho is adding a couple of witchy numbers to its soju cocktails list this year, starting with Arsenic. The poisonous drink is served in a medicine bottle and contains Chairman’s reserve spiced rum, Hwayo XP, Mandarine Napoleon and is stirred down with yujacha, orange and aromatic bitters. For those who want more pumpkin in their punch, there is the Jack O’ Lantern cocktail made with buffalo trace bourbon and smokey tea liqueur, shaken up with pumpkin puree, citrus and egg white.
The Dark Kiss at Sexy Fish
Looking for a dangerous drink? Then head to Berkeley Square’s trendy new Sexy Fish, where the bar has concocted its own version of the classic Bellini with a pumpkin twist, The Dark Kiss. And the restaurant’s pastry chef has created the perfect desert to accompany it, the Sexy Poison Apple dessert. This dish is made with apple covered in black coloured chocolate, filled with chocolate sponge and green tea ice cream, served over chocolate soil and twigs.
Nosferatini at Seymour’s Parlour
A trip to Seymour’s Parlour at The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone will give you the chance to try a flight of three daring drinks while surrounded by withering flowers from Petal & Metal. The flight includes Death in the Afternoon, the Silver Bullet, and the infamous Nosferatini.
The Dark Kiss at Sexy Fish photo credit to Sim Canetty-Clarke. All other photos courtesy of Skylon, York & Albany, Scarfes Bar, Balthazar, Jinjuu Soho, Sexy Fish, and Seymour’s Parlour.