Spooky Halloween drinks to serve

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It will be all fright on the night with these drinks
It will be all fright on the night with these drinks

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Halloween-themed cocktails and drinks could be just the trick pubs need to treat their customers this year, as the festivity becomes ever more popular in the UK.

From Witch’s Brews to retro Squashed Frog shots and the unofficial beer of Halloween, Hobgoblin, punters want the whole experience when spending fright night in the pub.

Below are some inspirational ideas for the perfect Halloween drinks list and events.

Cocktails:

Ghouls’ Goblet (1.5 units)

Ingredients:

Ghouls Goblet
  • 35ml Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 1 drop of ghoulish-looking food colouring
  • 2 slices of orange
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • Gummy worms to freeze in ice for effect

Method:

  • Place one gummy worm with water per space in an ice cube tray
  • Add the food colouring and freeze
  • Add a few cubes of gummy worm ice to a tumbler or martini glass
  • Pour in the vodka
  • Top with ginger ale
  • Garnish with the lemon and orange

The Red Widow (1.5 units)

Ingredients:

The Red Widow
  • 35ml Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
  • 100ml tomato juice
  • Half teaspoon wasabi
  • Half clove of crushed garlic
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • A wedge of lemon
  • Celery leaf to garnish

Method:

  • Take a highball glass or julep cup
  • Pour in the vodka
  • Add the garlic, wasabi and crushed garlic
  • Mix
  • Fill with ice
  • Top with tomato juice
  • Garnish with the lemon and tomato

Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte (2 units)

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Spiced Latte
  • 50ml Baileys Pumpkin Spice
  • 100ml latte
  • Chocolate shavings and cream to garnish

Method:

  • Add the Baileys to a latte
  • Top with the cream and chocolate

The Botanist's Blackjack

Black Jack cocktail

Ingredients: 

  • 15ml Black Sambuca
  • 15ml Grand Marnier
  • 25ml Liquor 43
  • 50ml apple juice 
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml gomme 
  • 25ml egg white

Method:

  • Shake all ingredients together and strain over ice

For the non-drinkers

Blood Orange St Clements

Ingredients:

  • 125ml blood orange juice
  • 125ml of Schweppes Sparkling Lemon and Elderflower Juice
  • Blood orange slice
  • Crushed ice

Method:

  • Take a highball glass
  • Pour the blood orange juice over crushed ice
  • Top with the Schweppes Sparkling Lemon and Elderflower Juice.
  • Garnish with a slice of blood orange, and serve with a long straw

Apple Mint-Tiser
A mocktail

Ingredients:

  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 50ml cloudy apple juice
  • 50ml Appletiser (apple flavour)
  • Crushed ice

Method:

  • Pour the cloudy apple juice into a tall glass
  • Add five freshly torn mint leaves
  • Top with crushed ice, followed by the Appletiser
  • Stir gently, and garnish with a sprig of mint

Beer, cider and gin

Treacle Treat

Devizes-based brewer and pub operator Wadworth has injected a little treacle into its Halloween beer for this year.

WAD 704 Treacle Treat 330ml Visual (002)

Dark ale Treacle Treat will be available across the pubco’s estate throughout October.

It has an ABV of 4.2% and is brewed using Target hops, Pale Ale, Crystal, Brown and Black Malts. As the name suggests, the beer has been sweetened with black treacle syrup, along with liquorice root.

An eye-catching pump clip and bottle design themed around Mexican holiday Day of the Dead finishes off the seasonal brew.

Head brewer Andy Weaver said: “We are really looking forward to offering this unique-tasting ale to our customers.

“The addition of treacle syrup makes it one of the sweetest and most distinctive tasting Wadworth beers to date.”

Spooky tour

Spooky bones

Norfolk-based Woodforde’s Brewery has created a tailor-made brewery tour and pub meal package for its visitors this Halloween.

For £25 each, visitors will be guided around the brewery where there will be several spooky surprises. 

They will then be able to calm their nerves by sinking their teeth into a two-course meal served at the adjoining Fur and Feather pub, all washed down with the rich spice and citrus fruit aroma of copper beer Once Bittern.

Head of marketing Natalie Douglas said: “The celebration of Halloween in the UK is growing in popularity and we felt this package offered a great grown-up trick or treat alternative.”

Haunted gin

Gift card website Moonpig is selling ‘haunted’ gin this year that is infused with apples and mint and has been ‘cursed’ by a witch.

White witch Julianne White, who has practiced witchcraft for two decades, ‘blessed’ the gin so drinkers’ hearts could have whatever they desired – whether good or evil.

The gin is 40% ABV and has a warning label on it advising drinkers of the ‘curse’.

Haunted Circus

Pumpkin and girl

Global beer giant AB InBev is hosting several Nightmare Circus Troupes across London to surprise Halloween punters in 16 venues.

Each of the selected venues will be visited by a troupe with ringmasters, contortionists and other terrifying characters to bring the Nightmare Circus to bars across the capital.

Party guests will be immersed in the Budweiser Halloween spirit with merchandise and trick-or-treat wheels of fortune.

Those favoured by ‘fortune’ will be awarded with Budweiser and a special, ‘blood-red’ food colouring for consumers to add to their drink, which will fade into the beer (without affecting taste) and then disappear, creating a unique ritual for drinkers.

Those who land on a ‘trick’ will have to wait and see what is in store. 

Budweiser UK senior brand manager Sascha Cordes said: “Halloween is quickly becoming one of the key celebration moments of the year, with people going out in search of fun, unique and immersive events.”

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