Halloween Party Food & Beverage Pairings
Food often takes center-stage at a Halloween party. It's easy and fun to create zombie graveyards out of dips or wrap up hot dogs to make mummies, but what about the beverages? Don't they deserve a chance to be festive as well?
Yes, beverages deserve a bit of the spotlight at your Halloween party or your mini party of handing out candy while children trick-or-treat! So I've picked a few fun dishes and paired them three wines and two cocktails that are ready to come alive, like Frankenstein, at y our next Halloween occasion!
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Veggies Now, Candy Later?
Halloween party food isn't known to be the most healthy, but in my experience there is at LEAST a veggie tray available. I like to start the evening on a high note by snacking on some raw veggies and pretending I won't be hoarding Snickers at midnight when the adult beverages kick my good intentions to the curb.
It makes me happy to see adults having fun with food and decoration at Halloween parties. For many years I hosted elaborate Halloween parties and my favorite part was seeing how creepy I could make the food!
Grab a store-bought veggie tray, a small carved pumpkin, and some ranch dip (like the one in this Pin) to turn carrots, broccoli, and mini tomatoes into something that tricks and treats the senses.
Double, Double My Glass of Bubbles!
As a classic way to start off any evening, Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine made primarily from the Glera grapes) will pair nicely with raw or cooked veggies, those potato chips you really want, or it can simply stand on its own.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and wine should bubble.
Veggies might not delight your inner child (or outward adult self), but they do pair nicely with many still (regular) and sparkling white wines like this Coralba Prosecco DOC by Togni for $10.99 .
Prosecco is a very affordable option (stay within the $7 to $14 budget) but more importantly, it makes people happy. There's a sense of celebration in the air as soon as people hear the "POP" of a a sparkling wine cork.
In my opinion, Prosecco is also one of the most versatile beverages. It's tasty by itself and you can add it to a host of cocktails. Try this Bride of Frankenstein Cocktail – Vanilla Blackberry Champagne Cocktail from Pineapple & Coconut .
What I also love about sparkling wine cocktails is the simple ingredients. A little juice, some spirits, a garnish, and a topper of bubbles and you have a fast, elevated drink for guests (or yourself).
Decorate The Bottle!
Up the scare-factor with some fake 3D bloody hands or a spooky and fun label for all your beverages! This is a fun trick for wine bottles and even soda bottles!
Green Isn't Just For Zombies
I love avocados. I love them with just a pinch of salt and a little lemon, but I especially love them in guacamole!
Dips are by far the easiest dish to make or bring to a party and a good guacamole dip can be a hearty (and vegetarian-friendly) option.
PLUS, the green color is already ghoulishly ready for the occasion!
Some people like their guacamole dip smooth and creamy - I will try hard not to judge those people.
My idea of awesome guacamole dip is chunky and rustic. Instead of a perfectly blended green dip, I WANT to see bits of the red onions, chunks of avocado, and even a few cilantro leaves.
What I also love to see in guacamole dip is pomegranate seeds. I honestly don't know what else to do with pomegranate seed other than to put them in guacamole dip! It sounds like a strange combination, but I think the burst of sweetness that you get from the seed contrasts nicely with the salty, acidic, and often spicy flavors in my guacamole dip.
Willing to give pomegranate seeds a try in your next guacamole dip? I have a a recipe to try from Chili Pepper Madness on this Pinterest Board.
Gucamole Dip & The Monster Mash
Guacamole dip pairs well with many different beverages from crisp, white wine to its obvious partner, margaritas (and yes, there are even Halloween inspired margaritas - keep reading).
He drank the mash.
He drank the monster mash.
The monster mash.
It was a vineyard smash.
Personally, I've paired guacamole with some of the worst drinks possible in my youth. That includes Bud Light and worst yet, what I call the Monster Mash at Halloween parties. HINT: Don't drink the mash, even if the monsters say it "tastes just like fruit punch".
What is "The Monster Mash"? It's the mystery punch at a Halloween party. The adult version of the Monster Mash usually consists of some clear spirits (vodka or rum), a lot of red wine, fruit (or fruit juice), more wine, more spirits, and sometimes a little soda.
Instead, I recommend removing the mystery and just sticking with a solid pairing of red wine like the 2015 Gotin del Risc Mencía at $14.99. This Spanish red wine made from the Mencía grape will give you all of the joy of the sangria without the additional sugar. At 13% ABV, this red wine will keep you warm whether the party is indoors or outdoors.
And if you're willing to try my idea of the pomegranate seed addition to the guacamole dip, the earthiness of the 2015 Gotin is greatly complimented by the sweet pop of pomegranate seeds.
Try The Wines!
Thanks to Wines 'Til Sold Out (WTSO) you can try the wines I paired in this article for Halloween. Order today and get free shipping, making this one less thing you need to worry about before the party kicks-off or the trick-or-treating starts!
What would a guacamole pairing be without its classic partner, the margarita?
HINT: You can use the back of the spoon to "float" the red wine on top of the margarita to give it the devilish look.
Brains, The Fresher, The Sweeter
No monkey brains or cannibal jokes needed for this tasty brain dessert made from red velvet cake! Just like so many fun Halloween dishes that look like one thing, and taste like something else. Get over the confusion because this brain cake does not disappoint.
While the creation of this cake isn't for the frail of mind, there are so many fun possibilities beyond eating the cake waiting to emerge. Imagine placing some fake rats around this cake or placing the cake in a skull serving bowl. Gather all the zombies and "brain out" for a fun and festive photo too!
Don't Lose Your Head Over This Pairing
I recently tested this pairing and to my delight, it was better than I expected. While my piece of red velvet cake was not shaped like a brain, it was one of the most delicious cakes I've ever had!
My good friends Allison & Kyle (@SpiritedBeard) recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary. They received a small version of their original wedding cake in celebration. I got to celebrate too!
This is Hallowine, this is Hallowine.
Pumpkins scream when the bottle's dry.
Red velvet cake is rich but not overly sweet and a true cream cheese frosting makes my mouth water just thinking about the combination. Because I think red velvet cake is decedent and refined, I paired it with an equally bold and refined red wine; the 2014 Napa Underground priced just under $20. This Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec was a powerful pairing to this cake. It matched the rich notes of the cake with a dark, smooth flavor. I am not too proud to say I closed my eyes to better enjoy the pairing. #MiniFoodgasm
Share Your Halloween Favorites!
Whether it's food or a beverage, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you purchase any of the wines and give my suggestions a try, please let me know.
Above all else, have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween!