Whether you’re attending a party full of deadly debauchery or spending a quiet night at home treating yourself, we’ve got the tipples to tickle your festive fancy this Halloween…
Halloween has come around again, promising a day of ghosts and ghouls, spiders and scares and all things frightening and foul. But there is truly nothing more terrifying than the idea of enduring the endless barrage of begging children or the heaving town centres without a decent drink in hand (severed or otherwise)…
So, let us set the scene for spooky celebrations and paranormal partying this year. Spare yourself the tricks and instead treat yourself to these spooktacular offerings. We’ve compiled a list of spine-tingling spirits, each with the scariest of serves, from peculiar punches to creepy cocktails.
So come and join us – if you dare – and cast your eyes upon the most bewitching boozes around. Oh – and be sure to check out our Halloween 2018 page for more ghastly greats… Mwahahaha!
Diamond 12 Year Old 2004 Guyanese Rum – Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
Our spooky series begins with an intense cask-strength 12-year-old rum from Guyana’s Diamond Distillery. It was independently bottled by Hunter Laing for the Kill Devil range. If you actually managed to kill the devil, you would definitely have earned the right to enjoy a bottle of rum as good as this…
Scariest serve: Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch
A quintessential rum punch, the Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch is a devilishly delicious serve with an appropriately disturbing name, which makes it perfect for Halloween! Fill a large pitcher with ice and add 25ml of chilled blood orange juice, 100ml of chilled natural blackberry sodas, 25ml of Diamond 12 Year Old 2004 Guyanese Rum and ¼ cup of fresh lime juice. Stir gently to combine. Add several fresh blackberries and one thin blood orange slice to each glass and pour the punch into the glasses. Garnish with a purple pansy, because why the hell not.
Mozart Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cream Liqueur
Pumpkin spice is an infamously popular autumnal flavour, particularly in café chains the world over. As nothing is scarier than coffee-house hipsters, ditch them and go for something that’s a bit more classic in style. From the Mozart range of chocolatey delights comes this Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cream Liqueur. It’s festive and fun – and isn’t what this holiday is all about?*
Scariest serve: The Grasshopper
It might not have the most terrifying name, but this cocktail classic has great flavour and a ghoulish green colour that is sure to impress your guests. To create it simply fill a shaker with ice cubes and add 25ml of Absolut Vanilia, 25ml of Monin Crème De Menthe Verte, 25ml of Mozart Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cream Liqueur and 10ml of fresh cream. Shake and strain into a Martini glass and serve. Just not to actual grasshoppers. According to A Bug’s Life, they suck.
Ghost Vodka – Rose
You might think an English rose-flavoured vodka with a subtle pink hue sounds almost romantic, but just look at that bottle! Take this beauty to a Halloween party and people are sure to notice. They’re also going to enjoy the taste of a top-quality vodka made with a base of sugar beet at a distillery in Cambridge that is said to be haunted. ‘Tis the season after all…
Scariest serve: Bloody Mary
What else? Make the bloodiest cocktail around by adding ice into a shaker with 125ml tomato juice, 50ml Ghost Vodka – Rose, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 25ml Gonzalez Byass Nectar Pedro Ximénez. Then you’ll need to add ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of hot sauce and a pinch each of salt, black pepper, celery salt and fennel seeds. Shake then strain into a tall glass with ice and garnish with a celery stick, lemon wedge and a cherry tomato.
Pumpkin Face 23
If you’re unsure why we’ve included this spirit in this list, it might be time for a lie-down. It comes in a bottle shaped like a Jack-o’-Lantern, people! Why waste time carving when you can just pop the lid of this pumpkin and enjoy well-aged rum from the Dominican Republic? Pumpkin Face 23 was distilled in 1980 before it was aged in oak casks for 23 years. It was then rested for 10 years in stainless steel vats before it was bottled. Delicious, distinctive and a real conversation starter.
Scariest serve: The Blackbeard
Create a tribute to one of the most fearsome pirates ever and remind your guests of life before Captain Jack Sparrow by adding 25ml of Pumpkin Face 23, 15ml of Fernet Branca, and 40ml of De Kuyper Crème De Cacao to a shaker. Then carefully add 1/8 teaspoon of squid ink (it stains!) or black food colouring if you’re squeamish. Give it a hard shake, then re-fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously again. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with 15ml of chocolate stout. Serve to cheers of ‘Argh!’, ‘shiver me timbers’ and ‘did you say squid ink?!’.
You probably don’t think of whisky when it comes round to Halloween, but it’s actually a perfectly good time of year to enjoy a deadly dram. Douglas Laing had the same thought and so released The Gauldrons, which literally means ‘bay of storms’. It’s a seasonal, sensational small-batch blended malt that features an intricate golden spider’s web on the packaging. It was bottled without colouring, chill filtration or actual spiders, thankfully.
Scariest serve: The Grave Digger Cocktail
Mix up a little Halloween whiskey mischief with this seasonal sipper that’s perfect for autumn, thanks to its blend of apple and ginger. Simply combine 50ml of Sassy La Sulfureuse and 25ml of The Gauldrons in a tumbler or highball glass. Then fill the glass with crushed ice and ginger ale. Oh – and leave the shovel at home. This is far better than anything you could dig up!
Sheep’s Eye Gin
If your gin game could do with a ghastly update, the bottle and name of this next product should do the trick (and the treat!). Sheep’s Eye Gin features 10 botanicals, including juniper, celery seed, black pepper, thyme and, thankfully, no actual parts of any sheep.
Scariest serve: Corpse Reviver #2
A classic cocktail, Corpse Reviver #2 was said to be a hangover cure (it isn’t) and a most delicious serve (it is). To make the most creepy concoction possible you should combine 25ml of Sheep’s Eye Gin, 25ml of Cointreau, 25ml of Lillet Blanc, 25ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice and 8 drops of St. George Absinthe Verte in a shaker and mix. Discard the ice and strain the drink into a chilled glass and garnish with a brandied cherry (some kind of cherry-flavoured eyeball would be a nice touch). Then walk around like Frankenstein and cringe your guests into leaving so you there’s more for you!
Crystal Head Vodka
A striking vodka from the man who busted them ghosts, the legendary Dan Aykroyd. The distinctive bottle for Crystal Head Vodka was made in Italy by Bruni Glass. We don’t know what’s scarier: looking into the skull’s eyes or the thought of sitting through that fourth Indiana Jones film…
Scariest serve: Zombie Gut Punch
The blood-red hue makes this a petrifying punch perfect for parties. To make, simply fill a large punch bowl with ice, 250ml of Crystal Head Vodka, 125ml of Cointreau, 50ml of Angostura Bitters, 2 cups of blood orange juice and 1 cup of dandelion and burdock and stir. Rim each glass with grenadine before filling with punch mixture, then serve to your appreciative crowd of walking dead (just don’t punch any guests in the stomach, unless you’re 100% sure they’re actually zombies).
Auchentoshan Blood Oak
This bottling is for those who don’t want to go over the top with the seasonal celebrations but still feel like they should at least give a nod to Halloween. For whisky-lovers, check out this triple-distilled single malt Scotch from Auchentoshan, matured in a combination of bourbon casks and red wine casks. The result? A blood-red hue just spooky enough that you feel part of the festive fun!
Scariest serve: Blood and Sand
This is a great way to introduce your friends to whisky and is an appropriately seasonal serve. Simply combine 25ml of Auchentoshan Blood Oak, 25ml of Soplica Cherry, 25ml of Martini Rosso and 25ml of freshly squeezed orange juice in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass for a simple, but sensational scary serve!
Kah Blanco Tequila
Some might find Tequila scary, but we know it’s actually awesome and should be enjoyed more. Use this Halloween as an excuse to get your loved ones to try this brilliant Blanco that’s presented in a seasonal bottle inspired by the traditional Calaveras used in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico.
Scariest serve: The Poisoned Apple
A dark and deadly combination of apples and Tequila. Combine 50ml of Kah Blanco Tequila, 50ml of Curious Apple and 25ml of pomegranate juice with ice in a shaker. Mix and strain into a chilled Martini glass while laughing maniacally like you are the evil witch from Snow White.
Skully Smooth Wasabi
A wasabi flavoured gin. That’s pretty scary on its own! Add the skull and crossbones on the label into the equation and this is one harrowing Halloween must-have. Dutch company Skully produced this gin using wasabi root, sweet orange, ginger and mint so the scary spice is tempered beautifully (almost exactly like the Spice Girls. Almost exactly). Massively impressive stuff, this.
Scariest serve: Gin Buck
The pungent kick of the wasabi root makes this gin a terrifying enough proposition for some, so it doesn’t take much to make this a scary Halloween serve! We recommend adding 25ml of Skully Smooth Wasabi to a Collins glass and topping it up with ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and a helping of juniper berries to balance those strong flavours.
*Come to think of it — what is this holiday actually supposed to be about?