If you're anything like us, Halloween is one of your favorite times of year, and the end of the month can't come quick enough. While we were fantasizing about the big day (ONLY EIGHT DAYS AWAY, BY THE WAY!!), we decided to write about some of the best Halloween-based libations the city has to offer, as well as some recipes for awesome D.I.Y. Halloween drinks if you happen to be hosting at home.
When you think of Halloween tastes, sake might not immediately come to mind, but The Witch’s Eye at Zengo is definitely worth checking out. The sparking Sake is muddled with Pisco and fresh grapes, while the garnish--a frozen grape, meant to look like a witch’s eye---gives this Asian-inspired cocktail it’s scare factor.
622 Third Ave, New York, NY
2. Maya As part of it's Dia de los Muertos celebration (we'll have more on Mexican-inspired Halloween traditions later), Maya is offering a Blood Orange Habanero Margarita, channeling the dark red fruit's spooky potential. Chef Richard Sandoval uses a Habanero Blood Orange Syrup (which uses an entire Habanero pepper) and a mole negro sauce garnish to give a spicy Mexican kick to the sweetness of the orange. As an added bonus, he Margarita will be available for Happy Hour price ($6) all day long. 1191 First Avenue, Between 64th & 65th, New York, NY
Countdown to Halloween: 1.5 weeks.
With the goriest of holidays right around the corner, it's no surprise that Halloween is one of the best excuses to get drinking. Whether you hail from Texas, Florida, Boston, or beyond, we've got a round-up of the best cross-country spots to imbibe, as well as recipes you can whip up yourself in case you are too much of a zombie to leave the house!
Corpse Reviver #2 (Served at Peche, Austin, TX)
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau
Calling all ghouls and gremlins...Halloween season is here and it's time to celebrate the best way we know how - with drinks! There are plenty of fun and fiendish recipes for you to test out before All Hallow's Eve arrives. And for you New Yorkers, there's a couple of spots serving spooking servings of devilishly delicious concoctions.
Pumkin Patch (Served at 230 Fifth)
1 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice
½ oz. coffee liqueur
Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
Scrap the vodka cran this year and whip up some of your own chillingly delicious cocktails, all suited to the costume of your choice this Hallow's Eve. Even if you aren't a cocktail guru, no need to scream...just head to one of the hot spots listed below to try some of these dangerous concoctions.
The Bloody Shine
2 oz Original Moonshine
3 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon
3 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 drops tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and shake. Pour into glass and add ice if you prefer. For all you victims of foul play this Halloween, this will be the perfect pre-game cocktail to try out with your deadly friends. You might not see it on the menu, but you can ask for this hauntingly delicious drink at Lure, Hill Country, Macalleria and Cafe Luxembourg.
Want to give an awesome toast this Halloween? This drink will help. Pay attention now, because this might be by far the most difficult drink you’ll ever prepare.
Prosecco or Champagne
Maraschino Cherry (those that come in a jar full of red sugary liquid)
Ready for this?
Ok so, take your champagne glasses and carefully, slowly, pour in the cold bubbly of your choice.
Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry, or a bat's eyeball.
Difficult huh? Don't worry, you did a great job!
The highlight of any worthwhile Halloween bash is a signature cocktail. There are plenty of options but one of the best is the Sleepy Hollow Fizz, a pumpkin drink accredited to Brian Miller of New York hotspot Death & Co. In other words, it’s the ideal quaff for your upcoming ghoulish celebration.
1 ½ oz Flor de Cana rum
½ oz El Dorado 151 proof Demerara rum
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz maple syrup
2 barspoons pumpkin puree (see below)
1 egg yolk
The last time I drank punch, it was served in a mini swimming pool at a college party. You can do better than that. This Halloween, take a jab at this Dragon’s Blood Punch. And if you meet someone who tells you that you have dragon’s breath, say thanks and tell them, “Unlike that animated movie, this dragon can’t be tamed.”
1 750ml bottle vodka
1/2 cup orange liqueur
6 cups (48oz.) red fruit punch
6 cups apple juice
6 cups cranberry juice
2 liters ginger ale
Chill all ingredients the day before. An hour before serving, combine everything in a punch bowl. A large soup pot will do in a pinch. Stir well and add ice. We recommend using a block of ice as it will melt slower than cubes. Serve in punch cups. (FYI: Six cups is approximately one bottle of juice)
Haven't you always wondered how to keep the ghouls away from your Halloween party? Well with this drink, you'll be able to capture the ghouls and save your party. This delicious, but heavy, chocolate liquored martini is the perfect addition to any mischief night.
Just remember to keep your drink in your hand, you don't want the ghosts slipping out with it when your back is turned.
The White Ghost
1 1/2oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
1/4oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/4oz. Simple Syrup
1/4oz. Shavings of White Chocolate
Fill your shaker up, add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, Half-and-Half and simple syrup then SHAKE! Rim your martini glass with the shavings of white chocolate and strain the mixture in. It is simply boo-tiful.
16 oz tequila
8 oz orange liqueur
1 fresh jalapeno
1 handful of celery leaves
6 oz fresh lime juice
Spoonful of confectioners' sugar
You'll need a blender for this drink so you can either splurge or do like we students do and borrow our parents.(magic bullets work well too!) Pulse a thin slice of jalapeno, handful of celery leaves, 6 oz of lime juice and confectioners' sugar in the blender. Mix in the tequila and orange liquor, throw in a pitcher and chill.
You can serve this on the rocks or blend in 2-3 cups of ice and make a slushie-style margarita. Either way, this treat will send you to another plane.
When you tinker with a classic, you risk winding up with something truly horrifying. In this case, that’s the idea. Take the classic martini, give it a punch, and you’ll wind up with a real slash, er, smash. Don’t worry, it’s not going to take your blood, sweat, and tears to concoct this creepy cocktail.
The Chef Stacey Leeds of Speak
Servings One Drink
Ingredients Fresh limes
2 ounces fresh squeezed beet juice
2 ounces of orange juice
1 ounce of vodka
Triple Sec to taste
Slash open a lime and run it around the rim of a martini glass. Squeeze the excess juice into a shaker. Add vodka, orange juice, and beet juice. Depending on the sweetness of the beet juice, add Triple Sec (if the juice is very sweet, omit Triple Sec). Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with fresh lime or get creative with a pair of wax teeth or candy eyeball.