From hue-shifting cocktails to tipples inspired by the scariest of flicks, there are plenty of spirited ways to get into the mood for one of our favorite unofficial holidays. Check out this sampling of Halloween cocktails being served ahead of the 31st.
Pazzo, Portland, Oregon
With color-changing superpowers and blood orange syrup to boot, the Hocus Pocus has holiday spirit in spades. Bartender Cody Blaylock’s concoction of blood orange liqueur, citric acid, and pisco is strained into a mini decanter, and when presented to guests, pea syrup and a cherry are added separately — a clear solution yielding colorful results. Make a reservation at Pazzo.
Shaker + Spear, Seattle, Washington
What could be scarier than fire? Bartender Karen Johnson’s Tales from the Thai-Light Zone takes sweet vanilla syrup, spices it up, and adds vodka, Thai tea, and half-and-half for a drink sure to spark some flames. Presented in a Collins glass, the beverage is garnished with a flaming anise star for a dramatic presentation not unlike unveiling your Halloween costume. Make a reservation at Shaker + Spear.
Colletta, Alpharetta, Georgia
In the pantheon of misfit families, it’s doubtful the Addams Family’s Uncle Fester would have known there’d be toasts made with a purple and posh treat named after him. Colletta’s is dark and stormy — sans the ginger beer — a cosmopolitan fashioned in a rich hue, and served with a flourish when it comes out enveloped in steam from dry ice. Make a reservation at Colletta.
Outlier, Seattle, Washington
Bartender John Walter’s All Hallow’s Eve drink of choice may be named for an It character, but the Georgie isn’t clowning around. Featuring pineapple rum, orange juice, and pineapple juice poured over shaved ice with nutmeg, it’s just as sweet as anything you’d find in a trick-or-treat basket but definitely for adults only. Make a reservation at Outlier.