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Spook Your Customers With Easy To Make Halloween Drinks

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Drinkers beware... You're in for a scare... Halloween cocktails have been a profitable and entertaining part of the themed nights at many pubs and clubs for years, but can offering the right seasonal specials also draw customers to cafes, pubs and coffee shops during daylight hours?

With Halloween's popularity only increasing and greater anticipation surrounding it every year, these winning drink combinations are a great opportunity to boost daytime trading throughout October and help cafes and coffee shops discover a unique selling point during this challenging season of trading.

After all, Halloween is an occasion that everyone can enjoy, whilst autumn is synonymous with indulgence in seasonal food and drinks. This is shown in the 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes sold to date! Halloween also marks the start of party season, so make sure your business is making the most of All Hallows Eve with these beastly beverages:

1.   Spiced Pumpkin Milkshake


Kids and grown-ups will love the warm autumn spices of this seasonal favourite, whilst the affordable ingredients leave room for you to be outlandish and eye-catching with your presentation. Why not develop your spiced pumpkin into an over-the-top freakshake and offer it as a dessert?

Ingredients:


  • 240ml vanilla ice cream
  • 60ml skimmed milk
  • 80ml pureed pumpkin
  • 20 grams digestive biscuit crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of 'Halloween Spice'
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a spooky freakshake masterpiece, pour into a Utopia skull glass, top with whipped cream and decorate with themed Halloween confectionery. Going big on presentation helps you up-sell a milkshake into a full-blown themed masterpiece for two.

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How to make Halloween Spice:
Place three parts ground cinnamon with two parts ground nutmeg, two parts ground ginger and one part all spice in a jar and shake thoroughly. There you have it, your perfect 'Pumpkin Pie' style seasoning. 

Hint: Short on prep time? Simply buy pre-mixed Pumpkin Pie Spice!

2.     Beyond The Grave

Younger customers are guaranteed to cackle with delight at this worm-infested Halloween horror. In reality, this tasty chocolate treat is inspired by a classic chocolate ice cream soda and is a perfect Halloween special for the blackboards of any pub or cafe.

Ingredients:
  • 2 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 50 grams crumbled chocolate brownie
  • 10 grams Gummy Worms
  • 1 teaspoon of 'Halloween Spice'
  1. Drizzle the inside of a novelty glass with chocolate syrup and place half of the brownie inside. 
  2. Top with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and half of the gummy worms.
  3. Repeat
  4. Slowly top with carbonated water.
  5. Decorate as required.
This gloopy treat is a great way of exciting children, but could be included as a dessert, rather than drink, to make sure that they aren't too full for their main course!

3.     Bat Wing Potion (The Ultimate Halloween Punch)

Bubbling with dark magic, this mocktail is an excellent way of including the whole family in early evening Halloween fun whilst also offering a premium soft drink for adults. Alternatively, businesses can also offer bat wing potion as a cocktail. This bewitching brew can easily be spiced up for adults by adding sloe gin and blackberry vodka.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
  • 160 grams frozen forest fruits
  • 250 ml sour cherry cordial
  • 800 ml dandelion and burdock 
  • 8 x peeled lychees
  • Black food colouring
  1. Place the cherry cordial in a measuring jug and gradually add food colouring until you have a deep black colour.
  2. Divide the frozen fruit between four Utopia Skull glasses.
  3. Top with 200ml of dandelion and burdock each.
  4. Pour the black cordial slowly over the back of a spoon into each drink, so that it sits near the surface.
  5. Add two lychees to each glass.
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Dressing Up Your Halloween Drinks - Top Tips

Black vodka is an amazing tool for creating visually striking cocktails. Simply add food colouring to requirements and experiment with a black tinge to your ghoulish beverages.

For the ultimate in gross-out Halloween drinks, have you thought about brains? Pouring Bailey's very slowly into acidic drinks will create long, gloopy strands of Irish Cream, enabling you to build 'brains' into everything from shots to soft drinks.

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It's always important that your glass complements the beverage, particularly when looking at novelty drinks! With this in mind, shop our range of novelty glassware to prepare for your next special occasion.


By Oliver Bernard

My years of experience working in pubs and restaurants means I am always interested in the latest industry trends. If I’m not exploring interesting new eateries, I’m trying to mimic them at home!

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