Thirsty Thursday: The Best Bottles We Drank This Week, Halloween Edition
For this week's Thirsty Thursday, we're celebrating our second favorite pumpkin-based holiday—the first is an industry secret—and featuring the finest bottles of booze that'll get you all jazzed up to accept candy from strangers. Don't worry, we're not about to bombard you with awful Halloween puns or old Casper references...though that young ghost was just a little too damn friendly.
You can thank Johnny Depp for making pirates popular again. Bombo Rum is a hearty and sweet 40-proof spirit that's legitimately inspired by an 18th Century pirate recipe. It uses coconuts, caramel, spices, fruit, and ground-up parrot to get the taste just right. Wait. What's that? Sources now confirm Bombo Rum is devoid of parrot.
This is the ultimate horror beer, simply because it takes its name after the ultimate horror movie scream. Magic Hat delivers a 5.4% ABV Pumpkin Ale that's way less scary on the outside than it is on the inside. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and—naturally—pumpkin gives this malty brew its seasonal steez.
Oh look, another bottle you could find under Johnny Depp's massive pirate hat. This 42.6% ABV Caribbean rum comes wrapped in brown paper and is sealed with twine and wax for a creepy old-timey Halloween vibe. Hints of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom hit your mouth with every sip (or swig) of this vanilla and orange-infused, full-bodied spirit.
Wynkoop Pumpkin Ale—$Varied
Three—yes, three—preparations of pumpkins are added to the mash of this 5.5% ABV English-style brown ale. What is it about Halloween that makes a huge orange poor man's gourd actually palatable? Nevertheless, the people who can turn bull testicles into beer have our undivided attention.
Espolón Tequila Blanco—$22.99
That whole "don't judge a book by its cover" saying goes out the window once you wrap your hands around Espolón's spooky bottle. Besides, the content of this book will make you feel spooky-cool the minute you open it. This 80-proof tequila is a Halloween must—or Christmas must...or New Year's must. Does pretty well at funerals, too. The skulls, the intrigue, the unadulterated sexy-fear. Mmm yeah, Halloween.