Halloween Cocktails in Nottingham

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to grab your mates and zombie march into Nottingham centre for some deathly delicious drinks. We have compiled a list of the best places to get your dose of everything that’s boozy and goes bump in the night.

Revolution – Cornerhouse Nottingham, NG1 4DB

This season, Revolution has got an entire menu dedicated to tricks and treats guaranteed to suit everyone’s taste.

Dracula’s Kiss – £8.75

A rum-based concoction with hints of cherry and lime, served in a magical light-up cup. It is a little style over substance with this one, since the overwhelming flavour is lemonade, but a good choice if you do not want to go too experimental with your spooky cocktail night.

Spookiness: 8/10

Taste: 5/10

Value for money: 5/10

Overall rating: 6/10

Poison Apple Punch – £8.95 à white rum, Midori, green apple syrup, grenadine, apple juice and lime.

Served in a cut-glass chalice, this sweeter than life cocktail has different layers of flavour that range from sweet to tangy to boozy. My favourite discovery of the night!

Spookiness: 6/10

Taste: 9/10

Value for money: 7/10

Overall rating: 7.3/10

Bartender recommends: Poison apple punch & Smashed Pumpkin from Revolution’s ‘Release the Bat’ menu.

Market Square Pop-Up Bar

If shaken or stirred is not your style then why not venture out to the pop-up Halloween market happening in Market Square this week?

I recommend the warm spiced toffee apple cider from Brother’s. It will warm you right to the core on these chilling October nights with that classically Halloween toffee apple flavour. Despite the sweet Halloween taste, the scariest thing about this drink is the price – at £5 for one small cup.

Spookiness: 4/10

Taste: 7/10

Value for money: 2/10

Overall rating: 4.3/10

Bierkeller – Friar Lane, NG1 6DA

Bierkeller’s gothic addition to the Bavarian menu centres around – get ready for the pun of the Season – ‘The FrankenSTEIN’. This monster creation features vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, orange lemonade and a black vodka top, served in a Frankenstein’s Monster glass. For those of you with a devilish sweet tooth there is nothing better, but be prepared for the intense sugar rush that will have you dancing on the tables. For just a fiver this cocktail is looking to be a firm favourite among students, but get in quick because this monster’s only around until Wednesday.

Spookiness: 9/10

Taste: 6/10

Value for money: 10/10

Overall rating: 8.3/10

Bartender says: Bonus points for the Instagram potential on this one.

If you are planning on celebrating Halloween at home this year, Aldi is selling a Halloween themed beer called ‘Dunkel Fester’ – a “disturbingly dark beer” with notes of coffee and roasted nuts for £1.29 a bottle. Enjoy reclining on the sofa, smug with the knowledge that you are not in that horrific Crisis queue.

Ellie Chance

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