From The Straits Times    |


Hosting a horror movie marathon for friends or cosying up with bae this halloween? Up the ante with crafty cocktails. Cheers to your feers. 

1. What Dreams Are Made Of by Summerlong

Photos: Cointreau

Savoury, sour, and bittersweet, with a honey-like texture, this sinful treat is like a milkshake for adults. “I was dazzled by how IT changed the perception of clowns. Clowns are loved by children because of their balloon tricks and humour. When Stephen King’s IT came out in 1990, it transformed clowns into subjects of fear. Kids are now more afraid of clowns than before. Clowns turned from being harmless entertainers to murderous demons. Inspired by the movie, my cocktail represents this transition – the childish nature of milkshakes with a bittersweet twist of horror,” says Mohd Irwan from Summerlong. We have to admit that both the original and recent remake give us the creeps. 

Serves: 1


  • 40ml Cointreau Noir

  • 30ml honey

  • 1 ¾ cups yoghurt ice-cream

  • 200ml milk

  • 2 teaspoon basil seeds

  • 15ml grenadine syrup

  • 6ml Aperol

  • 1 cup of ice

  • Lemon zest

  • Whipped cream



  1. Soak basil seeds in grenadine syrup and water

  2. Pour honey, yoghurt ice-cream, milk, Cointreau Noir and ice into a separate container

  3. Blend Cointreau Noir mixture until liquid is runny

  4. Add in lemon zest

  5. Pour into glass

  6. Add 1 teaspoon of basil seed mixture in glass and stir well

  7. Top it up with whipped cream and serve


Otherwise head over to Summerlong, 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, 238252. It’s priced at $20++.


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2. Blood of Kramer by Lucky Bar

Sweet, sour and fruity, Darren Lim from Lucky Bar’s the mastermind behind this wicked concoction. “Saw is basically all horror movies combined into one – its storyline is sprinkled with tons of gore and suspense. While its concept is simple, Saw’s surprising twist ending captivates the audience,” he says by way of introduction. 

Serves: 1


  • 30ml Cointreau Blood Orange

  • 60ml cranberry juice

  • 45ml coconut water

  • 45ml sprite or 7-up

  • 1 teaspoon of basil seeds

  • Severed fingers gummy candy



  1. Pour Cointreau Blood Orange, cranberry juice, coconut water, basil seeds and sprite (or 7-up) into glass and mix

  2. Top up glass with ice and serve with severed fingers gummy candy


Otherwise head over to Lucky Bar, 243 Holland Ave, Singapore 278977.  It’s priced at $18++.


3. Oh Well by Kuvo

Creamy and cheesy, with sweetness from the Cointreau Noir and a pleasant coffee aroma, it’s bound to pack a punch and fans of The Ring might recognise it based on its name and aesthetic. “The Ring is a Japanese horror movie that became an instant classic in 1991, with Hollywood even remaking it in 2002. The movie left a deep impression on everyone, with the scene of Sadako coming out of a well being the most remembered and the most terrifying. It is this iconic scene that inspires me to create this specific cocktail. The flavour of my cocktail comes from Vietnamese egg coffee, which I find delicious and fascinating, while the design is inspired by the movie itself!” shares Pan Zheng from Kuvo.

Serves: 1


  • 50ml Cointreau Noir

  • ½ tablespoon cheese spread

  • ½ tablespoon of salted butter

  • 1 egg

  • ½ tablespoon condensed milk

  • 60ml espresso

  • 1 rosemary leaf



  1. Separate the egg yolk and discard the egg white

  2. Place the yolk, cheese spread, salted butter and condensed milk in a small deep bowl and whisk vigorously until your mixture resembles a frothy, fluffy foam

  3. Add ice, espresso and Cointreau Noir in a glass and top it up with the foam mixture

  4. Garnish with rosemary leaves and serve


Otherwise head over to Kuvo, 321 Orchard Rd, #02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre, 238866. It’s priced at $18++.


4. Dolly the Doll by Neon Pigeon

A refreshing drink with a dash of sweetness and acidity to mirror Annabelle, the 2017 horror flick. “As the latest sequel of the movie was just released, I chose Annabelle as the inspiration for my cocktail. It was Annabelle that revived the fear of dolls that we had as children. With Annabelle in mind, I created my cocktail to have refreshing, childish flavours reminiscent of lollipops and candy yet still have that acidic touch,” explains Symphony Loo from Neon Pigeon

Serves: 10


  • 500ml Cointreau Blood Orange

  • 1 litre The Botanist Gin

  • 2 jasmine teabags

  • 10 star anise

  • 8 lemons

  • 8 limes

  • 300 sugar

  • 600ml water

  • 450ml ginger beer

  • 50ml grenadine syrup

  • Shiso leaves



  1. Add The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and jasmine tea in a container and leave it overnight to let it infuse

  2. Peel the lemons, oranges and limes; keep the peels

  3. Squeeze the juices from the lemons, oranges and limes into a container

  4. Bring water to boil and add sugar

  5. Stir boiling water until sugar is dissolved

  6. Add star anise, orange, lime and lemon juices and peels into the boiling water

  7. Stir slowly on high heat until the mixture becomes thick

  8. Strain mixture to form homemade spice syrup

  9. For each serving, add 40ml Infused The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, 40ml Cointreau Blood Orange, 50ml of spice syrup and ice into cocktail shaker

  10. Shake and strain into a glass with ice and top up with ginger beer

  11. Add 5ml of grenadine syrup and garnish with shiso leafz


Otherwise head over to Neon Pigeon, 1 Keong Saik Rd, 089109 . It’s priced at $19++.