A Spooky Soda Folk Halloween...

It’s official, spooky season is upon us and, although we can’t go out and do a good ol’ bit of trick or treating this year, we can still celebrate at home in style.

Before we dive into some inspiration for you all, we wanted to look back on its origins and uncover how it made its way across the pond, just like our beloved American sodas.

Where did it all come from?

Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October which is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the religious calendar dedicated to remembering the dead.

Some people think it originated as a Celtic harvest festival, others believe it started solely as a Christian holiday by the early church.

Whatever your thoughts, it’s a great excuse to have fun and blow away some of those winter blues!

Who started it?

Although it’s not entirely clear who started the mainstream celebrations we see today, we know it originally was brought to America by Irish immigrants in the 19th Century. However, the increase in our own celebrations is arguably down to American influences coming back across the pond.

Some of the most spectacular celebrations can be found in the US, including a display of 7000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns in New York and a 5000 jack-o-lantern strong pumpkin trail in Kentucky. Nice eh?!

A little recipe of spooky joy

We might not be able to throw a big party this year but we sure as hell can have some fun at home.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Little Mercies cocktail bar to put together a terrifyingly delicious cocktail recipe, all with one of your favourite Soda Folk flavours.

‘The Black Widow’ combines the natural flavours of Soda Folk Cherry, with the rich, indulgent flavours of Pinot Noir Red Wine and Vermouth. All quick and easy to make ahead of any home Halloween celebrations.

      Here’s how to make the ‘Black Widow’ cocktail:

      Combine the following ingredients in a shaker:

      • 50ml Quintay Pinot Noir Red Wine
      • 5ml Sugar Syrup
      • 15 ml Cocchi Torini Vermouth
      • 10ml El Gobernador Pisco

      Top with Soda Folk Cherry Soda and pour in a half pint glass with ice.
      Garnish with an orange wedge.

      You can make the sugar syrup from scratch by mixing the following and leaving to cool:

      • 100g Caster Sugar
      • 50g Hot Water

      Share your celebrations with us

      We’d love to see how you’re celebrating Halloween - tag us (@sodafolk) in any cocktail recipes you’ve created, and we can inspire each other to have the best celebrations yet!

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