Liquid news: Devilishly good drinks for the Halloween party
WITH Halloween falling on a Saturday and the witching hour set to cast its spell on partygoers, here's a crafty cocktail and wicked wines...
With a measure of intrigue, try mixing Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur (£15, sainsburys) with a smooth tequila. Ingredients: 30ml Disaronno, 20ml tequila, 5ml agave, 25ml lime juice, grenadine, 3 red chillies. Muddle one red chilli at the bottom of the glass, then add in the Disaronno, tequila, agave, grenadine and lime juice. Lace with grenadine and garnish the side of the glass with the two remaining chillies (so they look like devil's horns).
If you are more of a wine fan try the Co-op Truly Irresistible Greco 2014, Italy (£6.99, The Co-op) – kitted out for Halloween in a cartoon ‘Grecula' label, this fun white from the Campania region in south-west Italy boasts lovely aromatics with delicate apricot and pear flavours, a textured mouthfeel and fresh acidity. Perfect with all your party dips and crisps.
The haughty flamenco dancer on the front of Wine Atlas Bobal, Spain (£4.37 from £4.97, now until December 28, Asda) will chime with anything spicy such as a big bowl chili con carne. Medium-bodied with a deep red and purple rim. An intense red fruits fragrance in the nose with rich strawberry followed by spicy notes, mainly of black pepper and liquorice – it's a terrific wine for the price.
Wine of the Week
Brancott Estate celebrates 40th anniversary... One of New Zealand's original wineries, Brancott Estate has released its latest vintage and Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.99, supermarkets) is a delicious sauvignon blanc with zesty notes of gooseberry and citrus. With bags of flavour and hints of ripe tropical fruits, it pairs well with Asian food or spicy fish dishes.