It’s Bonfire Night! Time for a few whizz bangs and an exciting cocktail recipe naming competition!

Bonfire night may be a little different this year, but we can still have some low-key celebrations with our own households or support bubble.

Before we delve into the delicious treats we typically devour and share with you our new cocktail recipe, we want to take a look back at how it all started.

A history of Bonfire Night

It all began on 5 November 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives that plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords, to blow up the building.

Celebrating that King James I survived the plot to take his life, people lit bonfires around London. The Observance of 5th November Act was then brought in by the government, which enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

We of course still celebrate it to this day, although many may have forgotten the historical significance.

What we like to eat on Bonfire Night

One of the most quintessential and traditional offerings on Bonfire Night is the good old humble toffee apple.

According to some sources it was actually an American named William W. Kolb, who invented the tasty treat by accident in 1908. He was experimenting in his sweet shop and thought to dip an apple into a red cinnamon sugar candy coating, to appeal for Christmas. The product was a roaring success and so he continued selling thousands each year in the run up to the big day.

Other popular savoury dishes include hotdogs and jacket potatoes - all easy to make, no matter the size of your gathering!

New non-alcoholic winter warmer cocktail

In order to give your celebrations a little bit more sparkle this year, we wanted to share with you our tasty new non-alcoholic cocktail, named....... - a true crowd pleaser for the family.

Sweet in taste, this little firecracker delivers a butterscotch punch, with an autumnal cinnamon kick. For extra indulgence, why not serve it with some squirty cream on top.

Here’s how to make enough for 4-6 servings...


  • 4 x cans of Soda Folk Cream Soda
  • 200ml of sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp. of butterscotch syrup
  • 2 x cinnamon sticks
  • Squirty cream, for serving
  • Sprinkles, for serving


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on a hob, heat on medium heat for approx 20 minutes until the mixture is simmering. Remove from heat, and ladle into glasses. Top each glass with squirty cream and colourful sprinkles before serving.

We need your help

As you can see, we’ve got the tasty cocktail recipe, but we desperately need a name for it. Do you have any ideas? Submit them below with your name and if we choose yours, we’ll send you a case of Soda Folk!


Firecracker Float.

Leah Tonna on

Butterbeer Falls

James Cooper on

“Autumn’s Glow”, “Winter Sunset”, “Marigold”

Aulin Barton Brown on

Fire creamer

Cherry on

Whizz, pop, bang

Holly on

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