Top 10 Most Haunting Beers & Cocktails for Halloween
October is by far my favourite month for many reasons: I love the way the colour of the leaves keep on changing with each passing day, I love digging into soups to warm you up on the cold nights, I love having chilli’s & stews that are made to bring families together, I love sipping on mulled wine after a stressful day at work, I love that Autumn feel that lifts everyone’s spirits and of course, I love Halloween!
Each household has a different tradition when it comes to the scariest day of the year. Many families partake in pumpkin carving, I know that my kids and I love it. I always buy extra so that we can make pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie – simply scrumptious!
Many siblings join forces, dress up and go trick or treating. When my brother and I were young, my Mum would always throw a bin bag over our head, make some holes for the arms, add a long black or green wig and some fake witches’ fingers and a nose. I would be the witch and my brother would be Dracula…how times have changed for us!
But Halloween isn’t just for the kids, it’s for the adults too! There is nothing I love more than a good scare! I love the feeling of making someone jump or someone making me jump – it’s a great laugh.
My Dad always said that I was the Devil’s daughter with my love for Halloween and that being born in October, not long before Halloween, wasn’t a coincidence (cheers Dad)!
So, if you’re looking for a new tradition to make with your family and friends this year, then here are the top 10 most haunting beers and cocktails you must try this Halloween.
Let’s spice up your evening!
- Island Brewery – Vectis Venom
Served all year around but always a favourite at Halloween – the Vectis Venom from Island Brewery is a must-have! Easy to drink, with an underlying smoothness that is bursting with the flavours from the malts and hops.
- Magic Rock Brewing – Dark Arts Surreal Stout
With a 6% ABV, this drink is sure to bring you to the dark side this Halloween. The mixtures of chocolate, liquorice, figs and blackberries create a smooth and rich stout, with a satisfying roasted bitterness to end on. And guess what? It is vegan friendly!
- Siren Craft Brew – Broken Dream
Being awarded CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, we can see why this is a favourite for all! With a gentle touch of smoke, coffee and chocolate, this breakfast stout is bursting with flavour to provide a velvety finish. If you haven’t tried this stout yet, then it is a must this Halloween!
- Loddon Brewery – Hocus Pocus
Described by Loddon Brewery as ‘rich, smooth and ruby in colour’, this 4.6% ABV draught is a popular choice. And we know why! The combination of pale and dark malts, along with English Goldings & Fuggle Hops, forms a rich and smooth dark ale. A great mixture between sweet and bitter.
- Devitera – West Coast IPA
A rich amber coloured craft beer, perfect for entering Autumn and Halloween in style! With a blend of three barley malts and wheat, including intense citrus hop flavours, the West Coast IPA delivers a full-bodies aromatic beer with a long finish. A truly lovely beer with an intriguing story behind it – the story includes a grave digger!
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- Dark Matter Distillers – Spiced Rum
Having been awarded the Rum Masters Gold two years in a row, this Scottish distillery would be a treat at Halloween! How about you give the Sleepy Hollow Cocktail a try? This is for waking up the spirits of the night and bringing all the Autumn flavours together.
- 15ml absinthe
- 60ml mezcal
- 30ml dark matter spiced rum
- 2 dashes angostura orange bitters
- Rosemary sprig (garnish)
- Pour absinthe into a glass, swirl to coat and then discard of liquid.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add mezcal, the Dark Matter spiced rum and 2 dashes of bitters. Stir gently for 10-15 seconds.
- Strain cocktail into a glass over cubed ice.
- Light rosemary until it is gently smoking and place in the glass.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Two Birds Spirit – English Vodka
Time to keep it traditional with this gorgeously smooth English Vodka from Two Birds Spirit. Distilled with English barley and sugar beet, this vodka has a naturally sweetened spirit which is best served with everything! This year, you must try the Zombie Gut Punch – and yes it does pack a mighty punch!
- 250ml Two Birds Spirit English Vodka
- 125ml Cointreau
- 50ml bitters
- 2 cups of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 cup Fentimans dandelion and burdock.
- In a punch bowl filled with ice, pour in the Two Birds Spirit English vodka, triple sec, bitters, blood orange juice and dandelion and burdock, then stir together.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Redsmith Distillery – Redsmith London Dry Gin
This dry gin is perfect for all occasions, with wonderful citrus notes coming through from the inclusion of fresh organic sweet oranges. But this Halloween, give the corpse reviver a try. It is sure to liven up the party!
- 115ml Redsmith London Dry Gin
- 55ml Grand Marnier
- 1 Lemon
- 55ml simple syrup
- 55ml sauvignon blanc
- Splash of absinthe
- Combine Redsmith London Dry Gin, Grand Marnier, absinthe, sauvignon blanc and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, then add squeezed lemon juice.
- Add ice and shake for a least 30 seconds.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Tiger Gin
Tiger Gin is a smooth and sweet award-winning gin which has been made using the finest botanicals and the best harvests from around the world. To impress your friends this year, make sure you are tasting the delicious Dark and Stormy, let’s just say that dry ice is involved!
- 55ml Tiger Gin
- 25ml pomegranate juice
- 140ml simple syrup.
- Dry ice cubes.
- Combine Tiger gin, pomegranate juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker and shake for at least 30 seconds.
- Serve with a small cube of dry ice and enjoy! All eyes will be on you.
- Ogilvy Spirits – Scottish Potato Vodka
Being Scotland’s first potato vodka producer, Ogilvy Vodka is warm and welcoming, smooth and sweet. And we’ve got the perfect recipe! A Vampire Kiss Martini which is sure to turn heads – lets add a bit of sparkle to Halloween this year.
- 45ml Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka
- 45ml champagne
- 25ml Chambord black raspberry liqueur
- Rim the glass with red sugar (mix sugar and red food colouring together).
- Pour Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka and half of the Chambord into a martini glass, then top with champagne.
- Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.
- Serve and enjoy!
Drink up Witches!
But the thing I love most about Halloween is spending time with family and friends, sharing the love for the spookiest holiday of the year!
To quote L.M. Montgomery, ‘I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’.
Remember to drink responsibly, have fun and a spook-tastic Halloween.
Cheers from the Devil’s daughter
– Louise Twist –