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12 of the best Halloween inspired drinks to try this month

With Halloween not far away, why not toast the occasion with one of these seasonal drinks?

Published: October 22, 2019
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From whisky to gin, cocktails and coffee - there's Halloween drinks for all tastes this month, and beyond.

The Glenrothes 13 year old Halloween edition

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For the second year in a row, The Glenrothes has revealed its peated, 13 Year Old Halloween Edition 2019 whisky.

Matured in both sherry and bourbon seasoned casks, the Halloween whisky is finished in peated casks and bottled at natural colour.

The resulting single malt has distinct aromas of wood smoke and creamy vanilla, and offers a taste of orange peel and light peat. The flavour lingers for a sweet and smoky aftertaste.

The 70cl bottle is available for shipment to selected regions and priced at £65 plus postage.

Poetic License Pumpkin Spice gin

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This seasonal spiced gin not only includes a classic spice mix during distillation, but also pumpkin seeds to add a nutty, pumpkin pie note.

Bottled at 46% ABV, it's a warming addition (in more ways than one) to Halloween themed cocktails or for a G&T with a difference.

Priced at £32.25, the pumpkin spice gin is available to buy online at Master of Malt.

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Pumpkin Spice latte

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The original and, some say, the best autumnal drink has to be Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice latte (PSL), which arrived back in stores in September.

The popular drink is a warming combination of Starbucks espresso, pumpkin flavoured sauce and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

This year also sees a cold brew PSL and a vegan-friendly option. Prices start at £3.15 and the Pumpkin Spice latte will be in stores until the Christmas drinks launch.

The Ivy cocktails

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Picture: The Black Goose will be available at The Ivy Buchanan Street this Halloween

In celebration of Halloween, The Ivy Buchanan Street has created a terrifying series of bespoke, limited-edition cocktails in collaboration with Grey Goose, available until Sunday 3 November.

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Created by the brasserie’s bar team, cocktails include: The Black Goose, incorporating Grey Goose Vanilla Vodka, Patron XO Café and a shot of espresso; The Count’s Spritz with Grey Goose A L’Orange, Martini Ambrato Riserva Vermouth, topped with Prosecco; and the The Poisoned Pear featuring Grey Goose Poire, fresh apple juice and Ivy champagne.

In addition to the trio of cocktails, on Thursday, 31 October from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, the top floor of The Ivy Buchanan Street will be transformed into a Victorian, circus-inspired haunt, with special entertainment and a DJ for guests to enjoy during dinner and cocktails.

No tickets are needed, and more info is available here.

Edinburgh's Ivy on the Square is also getting into the Halloween spirit with their Midnight Martini. Priced at £9.25, it is available from Thursday 24 October until Sunday 3 November and is a delicious new take on an espresso martini.

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The cocktail blends together Tosolini Expre, Absolut Vanilla, dark Crème de Cacao and cinnamon syrup.

Spicebox Pumpkin Spice whisky liqueur

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Inspired by the practice Canadian companies took during Prohibition of smuggling contraband cargo in empty spice barrels, this Pumpkin Spice liqueur has been aged in barrels that previous held spices.

The result is an aromatic drink that is perfect on its own but can also be added for a sweet and spicy note to cocktails.

Priced at £23.38, it's available to buy from Master of Malt.

Pump'ed Keith Pumpkin Ale

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Keith Brewery's seasonal offering for autumn and Halloween is a pumpkin ale, which has been made with real pumpkin and flavoured with spices including nutmeg and cinnamon.

Described as 'pumpkin pie in a glass', it's a perfect drink for craft beer fans who want to try something a bit different.

A bottle is £1.59 on Drink Supermarket.

Bloody ‘Ell Blood Orange IPA

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Another seasonal beer totry this month is Beavertown's Bloody 'Ell IPA.

This blood orange IPA gives a hit of citrus that is complimented by the malty aromas of the beer.

Available to buy now, priced at £2.85 per can.

Mozart Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Liqueur

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Picture: The Whisky Exchange

Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate this pumpkin spice chocolate liqueur. Ideal as an after dinner treat, or to add something extra to coffee.

Described as being 'like pumpkin pie in a glass', this cream liqueur combines chocolate, caramel, pumpkin juice, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and a little chilli, to create a sweet and spicy treat.

Priced at £15.75, it's available to buy online at the Whisky Exchange.

Black Thistle Black Mist Gin

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Perfect for a witches brew, this shimmering gin is ideal for seasonal cocktails or just a simple but eye-catching G&T.

Black Mist Gin has been created by Black Thistle distillery in Brechin, and is made with the three cornerstones of gin; Juniper, Coriander and Angelica Root along with a select few other botanicals.

Eteaket Pumpkin Chai tea

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Back by popular demand is Eteaket’s pumpkin chai tea, which is priced at £7.95 and is available now until mid-November.

Real pumpkin pieces and pumpkin seeds give this black tea a smooth finish with a seasonal hint.

Combined with a liberal sprinkling of spices, this tea evokes sensations of crisp autumnal days, golden leaves crunching under feet and curling up next to an open fire with a good book.

Enjoy this seasonal brew served as either a tea latte, cold brew, hot toddy, pumpkin cake or simply straight up

Starbucks Phantom Frappuccino

Starbucks Phantom Frappuccino

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To celebrate Halloween, Starbucks will be serving a vegan-friendly coconut-based cold brew that is billed as the 'first ever black Frappuccino'.

Made with coconut milk, mango essence, and ghoulish lime slime, the Starbucks team say the Phantom Frappuccino: “is just the thing to send shivers down your spine this Halloween.”

The seasonal treat is available nationwide for a limited time only - from the 26-31 October - and will be priced from £2.70.

Crystal Head vodka

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The iconic skull bottle is an ideal partner to a Halloween party and the latest addition - Crystal Head Aurora - brings an iridescent touch to the range.

The award-winning vodka is filtered seven times and is made from Canadian sweetcorn and water from Newfoundland.

Ideal for cocktails, once the vodka is gone the bottle will make a cracking Halloween decoration.

Crystal Head Vodka Aurora is available to purchase online now and in-store at Selfridges from £79.99

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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