By Steve Taggart
Halloween is nearly upon us and it really has cemented itself as one of the most exciting social occasions in the calendar. The London Economic doesn’t like to miss out on a party either so we have put together a great selection of places to eat, drink and be spooky this October 31st.
1.Mortos Vivos at Las Iguanas
Las Iguanas, experts in all things Latin American have devised two devilishly delicious cocktails for Halloween. MORTOS VIVOS, served in a fabulous flaming glass skull is made with Las Iguanas very own aged and classic cachaças, amaretto, apricot liqueur, lime, pineapple, fresh passion fruit, overproof rum and finished off with angostura – this is a truly spine-tingling tipple. Or why not try their DAY OF THE LIVING DEAD, made with Olmeca Tequila, Absinthe, Maraschino, agave and lime – this clever concoction is simple but eerily effective.
For guests looking for something to nibble on after a cocktail or two, a must-try for Halloween is Las Iguanas authentic Brazilian CAMARARO DE CALABAZA, a whole butternut squash baked to perfection and stuffed with peeled prawns and melted cheese…
2. Soulful food limited edition SPICED PUMPKIN AND GREEN LENTIL HOTPOT – www.soulfulfood.com
A seasonal spooky special with Cajun bite and Mexican monster corn lurking within. An honest and nutritious one pot, packed full of 2 of your 5 a day and is under 300kcal.
3.Halloween at the Wild Food Market
· On the 25th October you can learn how to be crafty before the Halloween celebrations begin. Activities will include, pumpkin carving, what to cook using Pumpkin and how to make homemade treats and decorations
· On the 1st November there will be a special PRIZE for the best costume!! The market will be holding a special Cooking Master Class to teach you how to make marshmallows and toffee apples…the kind of sweet, sticky fun that kids love to get involved in. Expect sparklers, apple bobbing, mouth-watering nibbles, delicious hot choccy and an alcoholic option for the adults…
Both events will take place at the Wild Food Market, Addison Gardens, Brook Green, W14 0DT.
4.Spooktails at GOAT
Goat will be serving two limited edition ‘spooktails’ to celebrate Halloween in the form of The Doctor’s Special and Zombie Blood! Recipes and ingredients below…
40ml Russian Standard
25ml Coco Lopez
Dash of egg white
Shaken, served in a flamenco glass, with a red cross garnish
Juice of one lime
Tsp raspberry powder
Dsh rhubarb bitters
Dsh egg white
Shaken, served in a flamenco glass
If you are looking for a high-end Halloween haunt, then Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club London offers a stylish place to sip on a selection of spooktails including Salvatore Calabrese’s own take on the classic 1930’s Corpse Reviver – he took the cocktail and he bubbled it up! Then they bottled and sealed it. As Harry Craddock said: “Four of these in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again” Gin. Cointreau, Americano Cocchi, lemon juice, touch of absinthe and bubbles.
No-one quite does Halloween like the Americans and in New Orleans they call it the second Mardi Gras – so for a Halloween celebrations Deep South style, head to The Bayou in Camden who will be hosting its first Halloween party on Friday 31 October. Once you have feasted on some of their classic dishes from gumbo to grits to fried chicken you can party the night away until 4am with a selection of Halloween themed cocktails, live bands and a DJ spinning some spooky disco hits.