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.
Pumpkin Shandy (Courtesy of Kyle Ford)
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 barspoon pumpkin butter
4-5 oz. Pumpkin Ale
Add Cointreau, lemon juice, pumpkin butter and ice to a mixing glass. Shake and fine-strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with beer and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry spiced rum
1 oz. Domaine de canton ginger liqueur
1 oz. apple cider
½ oz. cinnamon syrup
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. sparkling wine
Add ingredients directly to a brandy snifter or pilsner glass with ice and stir well. Garnish with an apple slice, a dusting of cinnamon and candied ginger.
Candy Corn Cooler (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
2 oz. Skyy Infusions Pineapple
1 ½ oz. orange sherbet, softened
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. milk
1 oz. simple syrup
Combine Skyy Infusions Pineapple and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. Combine softened orange sherbet and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strai n and pour over bar spoon to layer in the rocks glass. Combine simple syrup and milk in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Layer milk mixture on top of sherbet mixture.
Partida Pumpkin Margarita
2 oz. Partida Reposado Tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Splash of pumpkin puree
Rim cocktail glass with lime juice and sesame seeds. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Jack-O’-Lantern Cocktail (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
1 oz. Cognac
½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 ½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. Ginger Ale
Orange wheel and lime twist
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange and lime ‘pumpkin top.’
1 ½ oz. Caliche Rum
¾ oz. port wine
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. Triple Sec
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into an ice-filled tall coupe. Grate cinnamon on top and garnish with cinnamon stick.
All Hallow’s Punch (Courtesy of Kyle Ford)
1 750mL bottle of Mount Gay Black
8 oz. Cointreau
8 oz. water
Peel and juice of 8 lemons
Peel of 2 oranges
½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Food-grade dry ice
Add the sugar and citrus peels to a punch bowl, muddle and let sit for 3 hours. Add the rum, Cointreau, water and lemon juice. When ready to serve, place a pound of dry ice in the punch. Garnish with lemon wheel and fresh grated cinnamon. *Note: Dry ice must not be eaten or swallowed. Handle only with insulated glove or tongs.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
2 cups vanilla ice cream
½ cup milk
¼ cup cream or Half and Half
1 tbs. vanilla extract
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
½ tbs. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2-3 oz. bourbon
Frosting and sprinkles
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until combined. Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles. Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Not into mixing drinks yourself? Being someone lazy for Halloween this year? We aren't judging. Just here to help. Try the Caramel Apple Martini at Carmine's for just $12. It's made with Buttershots Liqueur, Laird's Applejack Brandy, Sour Apple Pucker and cranberry juice. Or opt for the Jack-O-Lantern at Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel, made with vanilla vodka, apple cider, lemon juice, and pumpkin spice.