It’s that time of year again. The Halloween marketing blitz is underway and the liquor world is not immune. For your perusal, Neat Pour assembled a list of some suitably spooky spirits for your ghoulish guests. Mind you, these picks are based on fright factor, not flavor.
Ghost Tequila – What happens when Chris Moran, a Boston bartender with an encyclopedic tequila knowledge teams up with Richard Alexander Pomes, the original National Brand Ambassador for Fireball Tequila? Exactly what you’d expect. Ghost is an 80 proof tequila infused with spicy ghost pepper that will haunt your tastebuds. The company tout applications in a peppery Margarita or Bloody Mary riff, but the liquor is clearly targeting the bar shot market.
Evil Spirit Gin – Honestly, we haven’t actually tasted this product, but their marketing materials alone earn them a mention. “Each bottle has been individually ‘cursed’ by professional witch, Ms. Julianne White,” the distillers explained. “A bespoke blessing was cast over the gin during October’s full moon to enhance the effect of her unique spell.” If that was not enough, the florals and botanicals infused into the gin are handpicked in some very haunted spots. For example, “apples are plucked from Pluckley, which is England’s most haunted village according to Guinness World Records.”
Deadhead Rum – Deadhead’s appeal is all about the packaging. (Really. We’ve tried it and—let’s just say the flavor is appropriately scary.) But! Deadhead comes package in crazy shrunken head bottles complete with decorative pieces of straw. (These heads are actually called “tsantsa,” by Jivaro tribes of Ecuador and Peru, who collected the heads of their defeated enemies in this fashion.) However, the rum, available in flavors including chocolate, is produced in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Oh–also, the company bills their website as “the eighth wonder of the world.”
Crystal Head Vodka – Crystal Head is quadruple distilled and filtered seven times, including three runs through Herkimer diamond filters. There are no additives which means glycerol and sugar free. But, what’s really important is the cool glass skull bottle designed by Southern artist John Alexander. Alexander co-owns Crystal Skull along with Dan Akroyd of Ghostbusters fame.
Vampyre Vodka – According to Vampyre, vampires once haunted London pubs at night where they would feast on guests unless presented with suitable cocktails. “Only the finest spirits would work to please the palate of their distinguished guests” according to the company. “Vampyre Vodka became the choice among these unearthly travelers.” Perhaps, the vampires like this vodka because it is available in a blood red colored variety in addition to the traditional clear option. (Otherwise, the flavor is not bad–on par with an Absolut.) If you can’t make it to one of these bloodsucking bars of London, you can check out Vampire’s own lounge in Beverley Hills.
Redrum – If you’re still thirsting for blood colored spirits, this The Shining inspired liquor is for you. The rum is made with Virgin Island sugar cane and infused with mango, pineapple, coconut and berries. If that’s not enough for you, the distiller also offers a spiced Voodoo rum. As for taste–let’s just say that it’s perfect for mixing… in a Cuba Libre… with extra coke.