Debbie’s Halloween Picks

Blue Lobster Vodka


“Prized as a rare Blue Lobster just easier to find,” is the tag line of this award winning vodka from Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In 2016 this little home town vodka beat out 1500 competitors from 60 countries to bring home a gold medal from the San Francisco Spirit Competition.

This small batch vodka is a 100% grain based spirit. It is slightly sweet, very clean and has an incredibly neutral flavor profile.

Vodka may be primarily thought of as a base for cocktails but it has great potential as a food pairing beverage choice. Smoked salmon, pickled and cured dishes are some favored pairings. The clean, fresh quality of vodka brings out the subtle nuances in mellow and creamy cheese.

For more extravagant indulgence toss a bottle of Blue Lobster Vodka in the freezer and shuck up a plate of fresh PEI Oysters. To the plate, add some lemons, grated horseradish and cocktail sauce. All that’s left to do is pour a shot of vodka and enjoy the clean and refreshing flavors of both the vodka and the oysters.

For a quick and easy Halloween drink try experimenting with a few pitcher drinks. These can be made the night before and when the guests arrive your focus will be on mingling not mixing!


Pitcher of Bloody Marys

Makes 8-10 servings.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 L Tomato Juice
  • 2.5 cups of Blue Lobster Vodka
  • ¼ cup of grated horseradish
  • ¼ plus 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh grated onion
  • Celery sticks and cucumber for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients in pitcher
  • Cover and place in fridge
  • When ready to serve, stir all ingredients
  • Rim glasses with coarse salt, add ice, and garnish.

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 .

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!

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

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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


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

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.