Can you quite believe it’s October? It feels like only yesterday that we were making August Bank Holiday plans, yet here we are, two months from the end of the year.
Temperatures may be dipping and we’ll see the clocks go back at the end of the month, but we’re not ready to hunker down and hibernate just yet. Not when there’s so much catching up to do.
Last year, the majority of the country was forced to turn to Zoom for their spooky Halloween get-togethers. Now, with London back open and ready for business, we’re getting ready to celebrate IRL. Whether you’re off to a fancy dress party or hosting one of your own, we have plenty of delicious poisons to whet your whistle: think rum and whisky to warm your wicked punches, and plenty of caramel flavours to amp up the cosy vibes.
Oktoberfest offers an excuse to indulge in some craft and flavoured beers, while London Cocktail Week means a chance to try something new, or master your favourites at home - check out our deals on spirits towards the end of this page.
Elsewhere there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate with a glass of something special. From celebratory bottles of bubbles, plentiful plonk, and classic cocktail spirits like gin, whisky and vodka, we’ve found the offers galore that need adding straight to basket.
Practising mindful drinking? Sober October is the perfect chance to moderate your boozing. Whether you plan to abstain completely or you’re looking for new options to try, there are plenty of low and no-alcohol concoctions to discover. See our dedicated roundup just for the category.
See our favourite October bargains on booze below
Best beer, cider and ale deals
Crack open a cold one this October with the best offers on hops, cider and more.
Guinness Draught 15x440ml - was: £17, now: £13.50
Budweiser 15x300ml - was: £12, now: £10
Birra Moretti Lager Beer Bottles 12x330ml - was: £14, now: £11
Craft Beer Party Pack - was: £24, now: £21.39
Beer Hawk Mexican World Lager Beer Hawk Mixed Pack - was: £36.95, now: £33.25
Badger Brewery Adventurers Beer Set - was: £9.50, now: £8
Kopparberg Premium Cider with Strawberry & Lime, 10 x 330ml - was: £12.50, now: £9.97
Love it or hate it?: Camden Marmite Ale launches
Beer for breakfast is rarely a good idea (holidays exempt, of course), but it turns out a breakfast staple-flavoured beer has legs - or so the tastemakers at Camden Town Brewery reckon. They’ve spiked their latest limited edition ale with the world’s most controversial toast topper, Marmite. Considering it’s already a byproduct of beer, we’re into this inspired version of recycling - but the question is, will the ale be the best thing since sliced bread? Race you to the bar to find out.
Best wine deals: white, red, rose, Prosecco and Champagne
Put the sparkle back into the month with fizz and vino for less.
Norton Coleccion Malbec 75cl - was: £10.49, now: £6.99
Secret Cellar Shiraz Grenache South Africa 75cl - was: £8.99, now: £5.99
Cockburn's Special Reserve Port 1L - was: £15, now: £11
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne NV - was: £62, now: £49.60
Mabis La Carezza Pinot Nero - was: £10.99, now: £7.99
Lidl offers supersize wine at mini prices
Big (volumes of) wine at tiny prices are the sort of news we love, especially on a Friday night when the weekend properly begins. That's why we're thrilled to hear Lidl's award-winning Spanish Baturrica Gran Reserva now comes in an XL size bottle (1.5L) for less than a tenner. There's also Heredad Ducel Tempranillo, same size, same price. Staying in just got that much more enticing.
Best offers on spirits: gin, vodka, whisky and more
Whether you fancy a cocktail or prefer a something neat on the rocks, these discounts will get you in the spirit.
Baileys Original Irish Cream 70cl - was: £15, now: £10
Glenmorangie The Original Single Malt Whisky 70cl - was: £37, now: £27
Jack Daniel's Whiskey 1L - was: £30, now: £20
Talisker Skye Single Malt Whisky 70cl - was: £35, now: £25
Cointreau 50cl - was: £16, now: £13
When life gives you lemons... Bombay Sapphire makes great gin
The world's leading gin brand Bombay Sapphire is doing its best to keep Club Med daydreams alive, even as we head into winter. The brand has launched Premier Cru Murcian Lemon in honour of the Spanish region of Murcia and the citrus fruits its famous for. Using lemons picked during the late harvest (so they can soak up as many rays as possible), it's mixed with 11 other botanicals that, once sipped, will transport you to southern Spain. Uplifting and delightful.
Chivas Regal x Balmain create a drop of something stylish
French fashion A-lister Balmain has put its stylish head together with the folks at Chivas Regal to create a super exclusive collection designed to bring serious glamour to your drinks cabinet this autumn. The 15-year-old Scotch, which will come in a choice of two limited edition bottles dressed in headturning Balmain style, will be finished in Cognac casks to give it its rich and distinctive flavour. If you want one, you’d better get your skates on - there will only be 200 available in the UK.
Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino Tequila launches
In Mexico, Halloween is celebrated as Day of the Dead, when those who have left this world are celebrated - and tequila is a festive fixture. What better time then, to taste Tiempo Tequila's first batch of Reposado Cristalino Tequila, six years in the making. The limited edition run will consist of 1,320 bottles containing 2,555 days of meticulous work and patience. Sip, don't slam.
The taste of Italy through your letterbox
Gin cocktails falling from our letterbox sounds like a flashback to one of our nicer dreams, but it’s a reality these days thanks to NIO Cocktail. The flat-pack booze brand has teamed up with Portofino Dry Gin for a limited edition collection that aims to transport you to the dramatic Ligurian Riviera. There are four cocktails to try: Gimlet Portofino, Caffe In Piazza, Negroni Portofino and a Bramble, all wrapped in Portofino’s signature illustrations. Simply tear open the packet and add ice. Saluti!
The summer never ends with BACARDÍ’s new collab
Rum brand BACARDÍ has partnered with Juici Jerk, an award-winning Caribbean meal kit delivery service to create a ready-to-grill Latin-Caribbean inspired BBQ Kit. On a mission to keep summer going for as long as possible, each kit comes with the necessities including plenty of bottles and ingredients to create cocktails like BACARDÍ Grilled Pineapple Swizzle cocktails at home.