Frighteningly good Halloween drinks
Halloween Drinks for enjoying By Oliver Coningham
Halloween is much like Christmas, with some people excited about the prospect of dressing up and Halloween parties, while others pull the curtains and turn off the lights to hide from the trick or treaters.
To make things easier, an unspoken rule seems to have emerged over the last few years where those open to witches, ghouls and demons place candlelit pumpkins on their doorsteps.
Whichever side of the fence you sit, beneath the obvious traditions of going door-to-door demanding treats, Halloween does offer something for everyone. It's the ideal opportunity to dress up and express your dark side with themed parties and events.
Traditionally, it also marks the end of the harvest season and the official start of winter.Believed to have its roots in Celtic paganism, Halloween is also a time to celebrate our ancestors.
In honour of Halloween, we have selected a range of Halloween drinks this month that can be enjoyed equally in social situations or in the peaceful solitude of your home. Whatever this time of year means to you, hopefully, you can find the beauty in the change of seasons.
Confidence (4.6%) - Moor Beer
£2.39 for 330ml
Confidence's vibrance and warming character make them perfect Halloween drinks. Ruby red in colour, the malt character of this seasonal beer gives huge flavours of toffee which is balanced by citrus hop notes. Another great pairing with mac and cheese made with Violife's Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Block or sticky toffee pudding.
Moor Beer were the first brewery in the UK to make 100 per cent vegan-friendly beer.
Blood Orange (20%) - Luxlo Spirits
£30 for 70cl
Luxlo Spirits have created a range of natural, low alcohol and low-calorie gin alternatives that are vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Blood Orange, at only 20% ABV, has half the alcohol of many gin brands. Juicy, sweet oranges lead to a smooth and refreshing taste with notes of red grapefruit and cherry.
Luxlo Spirits are all suitable for vegans.
Nightcap (0%) - Three Spirit
£24.99 for 50cl
Three Spirit have created a range of functional, healthy non-alcoholic drinks designed by plant scientists and bartenders. Each one is made with plants that have been used for centuries in ceremonies and positions to stimulate the mind, body and taste buds. Nightcap is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day with naturally calming ingredients.
Three Spirit drinks are vegan and gluten-free.
Rhubarb & Ginger Tonic - Twelve Below
£23.95 for 12 x 500ml
Halloween drinks require a touch of spice, from warming ginger to pungent nutmeg. Twelve Below's Rhubarb & Ginger Tonic is the UK's first 100 per cent natural low sugar drinks range with only 12 calories per 100ml. Earthy rhubarb is paired with spicy ginger undertones. Enjoy on its own or with spiced rum for a warming Halloween treat!
Twelve Below drinks are all suitable for vegans.
Post Road Pumpkin Ale (5%) - Brooklyn Brewery
£2.39 for 330ml
Pumpkin ales are similar to Marmite, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay in their divisive nature. Whichever side you sit on, they're the perfect tipple for Halloween drinks. Real pumpkin and a touch of warming spice combine in Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Pair with a bowl of vegan mac and cheese for a decadent Halloween treat.
Brooklyn Brewery beers are all vegan-friendly. Cask beers are filtered with the vegan Biofine Clear
Samurai Chardonnay 2020 (12.3%) - Free Run Juice
£9.50 for 75cl
Although red wines are traditionally consumed in the autumn months, why not arrive at a Halloween party with a ghostly white wine? Especially one with a spooky label to suit the Halloween theme. Produced in the village of Angaston in South Australia using minimal intervention - vegan-friendly - natural winemaking techniques.
Free Run Juice wines are suitable for vegans.