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.
Barton G. The Restaurant, Miami Beach, Florida
Bowie’s death led to more than a few Starchild costumes, so why not dress up a Prince-themed tribute and conjure up his spirit with Blood in the Sky? Created with lemon juice, sugar cane nectar, egg whites, and blackberry juice for just the right pop of purple, Barton G. shakes it up with egg whites and a nitrogenized gin-infused popsicle. It’s presented tableside with true flair — Prince-inspired boots and a guitar. Make a reservation at Barton G. The Restaurant.
Ledger Restaurant & Bar, Salem, Massachusetts
Of course, any bar in Salem, Massachusetts — which touts itself as Witch City — would have a Bloody Mary on the menu, that cocktail named for the folklore spirit who can be conjured by calling her names three times and peering into a mirror. But the drinks menu here is much less hocus pocus, with a focus on local lore like the Great Revere Trainwreck of 1871, a tragedy that took about 30 lives. The tipple isn’t as dark as the tale, with delicate flavors of Macchu Pisco, peach, Amaro Nonino, lemon, and bitters all dancing lightly on the palate. Make a reservation at Ledger Restaurant & Bar.
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Carley Thornell is a travel writer whose experiences eating street food in Japan, English peas in the UK, free-range steak in Argentina, and Brussels sprouts at Estragon tapas in her hometown of Boston have provided unforgettable culinary inspiration. Shout out at email@example.com.