Debbie’s Halloween Picks

Halloween Wine Pick

Raven Deep Dark Red VQA

Raven Deep Dark Red is a blend of Niagara’s best grapes crafted into a deep, dark and delicious wine.

The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. VQA on the bottle refers to The Vinters Quality Alliance. It is a regulatory and appellation system that guarantees the quality and authenticity of wines produced in Canada.

Raven Deep Dark Red is deep purple in colour. The nose is both aromatic and spicy with raspberry and blueberry notes. The palate is medium dry with balanced acidity and soft tannins.

Raven Deep Dark Red is a great pairing with beef stews, lamb kabobs and hard cheese. Try the Raven Deep Dark with the Comfort Cabin Stew recipe which is featured in our e-flyer this month

Medium bodied wines are great complements to fall harvest foods where both sweet and savoury components are featured. This blended wine is fruit forward and very approachable. It’s a great crowd pleasing wine and a great addition to any gathering, especially your upcoming Halloween Party!

Halloween Beer Pick

Gahan Pumpkin Ale

Gahan Pumpkin Ale is a seasonal beverage produced by the PEI Brewing Company using locally sourced pumpkins.

It is brewed with premium malts, Pumpkin flesh, fresh ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves with a touch of brown sugar. Aromas of spice, sweet toasty malts and pumpkin open on the nose. The flavour is slightly sweet, medium to full bodied with a medium bitterness. The Gahan Ale is more restrained in its approach and a great introduction to Pumpkin style beer.

The Pumpkin Ale is a beverage that can transition easily from appetizers to main course and desserts. It’s a great pairing with Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Pumpkin with honey and feta as a fall side dish and desserts that highlight Carmel and chocolate. Try the Gahan Pumpkin beer with our Honey Roasted Root Vegetables recipe and brown rice for a hearty fall meal.

The Gahan Pumpkin Ale brings a little warmth to the cool autumn evenings. It is a great beverage to share with friends and celebrate the beginning of Fall. The brunt orange color of the Ale is a great drop back to any Halloween party.

Phantom Pumpkin Spiced Ale: Debbie’s Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 bottle of Gahan Pumpkin Ale
  • ½ cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Dash of Ground Cinnamon
  • Orange Wedge


  • Stir beer and apple cider with cinnamon stick.
  • Pour into 2 glassed.
  • Sprinkle with Cinnamon.
  • Garnish with orange wedge and cinnamon stick.

Halloween Spirit Pick

The Kraken Spiced Rum

The Kraken is a Caribbean black spiced rum distilled using naturally sweet molasses from locally grown sugar cane.

There are over 11 different spices used in the blend including ginger, clove and cinnamon. The Kraken is strong, rich and spicy. Cloves, plum preserves and cinnamon are revealed on the nose. Hints of chocolate, molasses and vanilla show on the palate. The finish is smooth and lingering.

This Dark rich rum is ideal with dishes containing ginger, pepper and sweet spice. Try it with BBQ meats, Jerk Chicken or flambé desserts featuring bananas.

Unleash the Kraken at any Halloween party! This spiced rum is ideal for making a variety of drinks from a Dark and Stormy, Black Magic Mojito or to finish the night with a Spooky Spiced Rum Coffee.

Black Magic Mojito: Debbie’s Cocktail Recipe


  • 2oz Kraken Spiced Rum
  • 8 Mint Leaves
  • ½ Lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar (to taste)
  • Soda Water
  • Ice


  • In a sturdy glass add the mint leaves and 2 lime wedges.
  • Muddle to release the oils.
  • Add sugar & remaining lime; muddle ingredients (do not strain).
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add Rum top with soda.
  • Garnish with lime wedge and sprig of mint.