There is only one antidote for an overdose of Halloween candy and jack-o-lanterns — and that’s a drink or two. Tricks are for kids; treat yourself to one of these Halloween and Day of the Dead cocktails to get in the spirit of things.
Bleu Boheme, San Diego, California
Creatures of the night will be reaching for the new Sleepy Hollow cocktail just in time for Halloween. Made with mescal, allspice Dram liqueur, and an absinthe rinse, this creation is garnished with toasted rosemary. Wisps of smoke emanating from it resemble an eerie fog. Make a reservation at Bleu Boheme.
Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida
The Witches Brew is a rich concoction of Absolut Elyx, Cointreau, POM Blueberry juice, and a hint of sweet and sour. Some dry ice and a black sugar rim give this fruity cocktail a sinister look and feel to get you in the mood. Make a reservation at Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton.
Holsteins-The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
Holsteins Shakes and Buns will offer the Graveyard Bam-BOOzled shake from through Halloween. This seasonal shake is created with vanilla ice cream and cherry vodka and is garnished with a graveyard made from Oreos, cherry sauce, a gummy skull, a mummy lollipop, a marshmallow Peep tombstone, bloody bones hard candy, and whipped cream finished with a candy corn-frosted rim. Get your drink and your candy fix all in one! Make a reservation at Holsteins-The Cosmopolitan.
Rosa Mexicano-Tribeca, New York, New York
To celebrate Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos, certified mezcalier Courtenay Greenleaf created the Rising of the Dead cocktail. It’s a spicy margarita with pineapple and basil, playfully garnished with two red chiles de arbol standing upright to resemble someone rising from the grave. Every sip is equal parts mysterious and spicy. Make a reservation at Rosa Mexicano.
Calavera, Oakland, California
At this Mexican restaurant in uptown Oakland, you’ll find the Ancient Corn Old Fashioned just in time for the Day of the Dead and Halloween. It combines Mezcal Vago ‘Elote’ harvest mezcal, bourbon, housemade pumpkin-spiced bitters, carved rock, and a homemade spiced caramel lollipop – the best flavors of fall in a single glass. Make a reservation at Calavera.
River Roast, Chicago, Illinois
Situated on the iconic Chicago River, River Roast offers up one of the finest ways to enjoy pumpkin on Halloween. Their cocktail named Marty and the Polaroid is pumpkin-infused Old Overholt rye along with cinnamon and nutmeg demerara syrup, and cherry vanilla bark bitters. It’s finished with a garnish of orange peel and roasted marshmallow. Make a reservation at River Roast.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, Las Vegas, Nevada
In time for both Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, The Resurrection cocktail will be served from October 28 through November1. It’s handcrafted with Revel Stoke roasted pecan whiskey, amaretto, Stoli vanilla vodka, and cream soda. Toasty and sweet with a slightly salty finish, it’s served on the rocks in a highball glass and rimmed with crushed pretzels. Make a reservation at Cabo Wabo Cantina.
Pancho’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
For Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, Pancho’s has concocted an enchanting potion — the Witch’s Brewtini. It’s made with Ketel One vodka, triple sec, blue curacao, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry. A black sugar rim lends a cool but creepy look to the dark blue brew. Make a reservation at Pancho’s.
HEXX Kitchen + Bar, Las Vegas, Nevada
Get in the spooky spirit with a festive Witch’s Brew cocktail throughout Halloween weekend, which is being served from October 28th through the 31st. The designed-for-sharing pitcher is filled with a blend of Absolut Berri Açaí, Kinky Blue, Stoli Razberi, blueberry schnapps, and berry puree. Make a reservation at HEXX Kitchen + Bar.
Kettner Exchange, San Diego, California
Even better than bobbing for apples is the Candy Apple Daiquiri, a blend of 4yr. Blanco Rum, Jamaican Rum, Falernum, lime, fuji apple syrup, caramel, and salt. It’s sweet and tangy but with a seductive kick. Make a reservation at Kettner Exchange.
Vinatería, New York, New York
A just-debuted fall cocktail with a spooky name in time for Halloween. Vinatería is serving The Thriller with Breckenridge Vodka, pumpkin spice purée infused with vanilla, Kerry Gold Irish cream liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and Basement Bitters. Now just try and get the Michael Jackson video out of your head. Make a reservation at Vinatería.
Harvest by Kelly Liken, Vail, Colorado
Up in Smoke is a reflection of the Autumn sunset — smoky, smooth, and spicy, with a hint of orange. It’s made with 100% blue agave tequila, Leopold Bros. American orange liqueur, a fresh orange, and muddled jalapeño, freshly squeezed lime juice, a splash of mezcal, and agave nectar. Make a reservation at Harvest by Kelly Liken.
Trace, Seattle, Washington
In a town famous for coffee, the pumpkin spice latte turns into a martini. The drink combines pumpkin puree, cinnamon, clove, vodka, vermouth, and half and half with espresso, espresso liqueur, and two espresso beans. Coffee never had it so good. Make a reservation at Trace.
Amy Sherman is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, blogger, and cookbook author. She is the publisher of the food blog Cooking with Amy. She currently contributes to numerous online publications including Food Network, Fodor’s and Refinery 29 and never says no to a warm donut. Follow her @cookingwithamy.