Halloween alcoholic drinks
Remember when stocking up for a Halloween party meant a fridge full of the cheapest beer you could find (or maybe you filled the bathtub—hey, we’re not here to judge) and a few bowls full of fun-size candy?
You—and your Halloween parties—have come a long way, baby. Here’s how to step up your All Hallows’ Eve game with the help of some of the best seasonal spirits, wine, and beer that you can find only at Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop.
“Cool fall nights and warm, spicy whiskey are a perfect match,” says Melissa Surdyk, fourth-generation Surdyk. And we’d have to agree with her. If you’re looking for a slow-sippin’ liquor your guests can cozy up to, Surdyk recommends:
Fireball: This cinnamon whiskey kind of tastes like candy—spicy, boozy candy—and it burns in the best way possible.
Alberta Rye Dark Batch: This rich rye is subject to a dry Canadian climate and extreme temperature variations, which promotes maturation. There’s just a hint of bourbon and sherry added for good measure.
For something a little more festive—or if you’re making spooky mixed drinks—look for a Halloween-centric spirit. “If you’re going all out on Halloween, Blavod Black Vodka is a must,” Surdyk says. This dark premium vodka from the U.K. is perfect for dramatic mixed-drink presentation, or served on the rocks as a sophisticated sipper.
Every year the Surdyk’s staff hand-selects a four-pack of wines that will suit any spooky celebration—and the whole pack is only $39.99.
This year’s Halloween four-pack includes:
Dark Horse Chardonnay: Flavors of baked apple and pear, layered with toasted oak, notes of caramel and brown spice—how’s that for a fall wine?
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel: Vanilla bean, juniper, and toasty oak tones make this zin a winner.
The Lucky Country Shiraz: A robust Australian red with aromatics of berries, dark chocolate, pepper, and dried vanilla.
Hobnob Vineyards Wicked Red: This bold, limited-release red is only available in the Halloween four-pack offer, and features a fruity flavor and berry-centric palate.
Beer + Cider
Put some of that pumpkin spice latte enthusiasm toward selecting fun seasonal brews for your fall festivities. “Our beer aisles are loaded with fall seasonal releases, including a huge selection of pumpkin beer,” Surdyk says. She recommends staff favorite Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale, as well as Lakefront Imperial Pumpkin lager. Beer-curious? Check out the Surdyk’s Six-Pack Sampler deal for some of this season’s best beers (available while quantities last, of course).
Cider lovers, you have it easy: your drink of choice is inherently autumnal. (Surdyk’s picked the best of the bunch for our cider tasting party how-to.) If you too want to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, Woodchuck offers a seasonal pumpkin flavor of their Reserve Series hard cider.