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I love Halloween and apart from  carving pumpkins and baking spooky treats. I love to decorate my home with Halloween decorations and mix up a frightful cocktail or two.

The Witching Hour

This cocktail may be best enjoyed at the witching hour, but be warned one sip and you’ll be bewitched.


  • 1jigger calvados
  • 1tsp grenadine
  • 2jiggers blackberry vodka
  • Martini glass to serve


Cocktail shaker




  1. Place the calvados, blackberry vodka and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake rigorously
  2. Strain the drink into a martini glass.
  3. Pour 1 tsp of grenadine syrup, about an inch from the surface of the drink – the grenadine should sink to the bottom, creating a “bleeding” effect.
  4. If you frost the rim of your martini glass before pouring in your drink it is most effective.




Black Magic


This is a super simple cocktail recipe that is always popular with guests as it creates a fabulously deep black drink



  • 2 jiggers Black Vodka
  • 20 ml Freshly Squeezed Lime
  •  20 ml sugar Syrup
  • Ice



Into a cocktail shaker add in your sugar syrup, lime juice, and black vodka. Fill with ice. Give it a hard shake for 30 seconds. Pour cocktail into your glass  and serve.


Happy Halloween and a spooky chin chin!


About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog, www.serenitykitchen.com