Get into the Halloween spirit with a different sort of spirit . . . kick the fun factor up a notch with some of these festive and tasty cocktails that no ghost or ghoul could resist:
Stop by Valentino at the Hotel Derek and meet mad scientist William Rivera, who has come up with his own version of the Pumpkin Spice Martini. Grown-up goblins will enjoy this creation made with 1.25 ounces of Ketel One Orange, .75 ounces of Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, half an ounce of simple syrup, a quarter ounce of half and half, half an ounce of orange juice and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
The witching hour at RA Sushi starts at 8 p.m. on Monday with several "Potent Potions," such as Manic Mango, Grape Ghoulade, and Sinner Sangria. Manic Mango is a combination Absolut Mango, Bols Pumpkin Smash liqueur, Mango Schnapps, orange juice, grenadine and a splash of soda. You will taste the mango in this brew, plus a hint of pumpkin.
For another spine-chilling option, order the Grape Ghoulade, which is composed of Three Olives Grape Vodka, lychee juice, Blue Curacao, cranberry juice and a squeeze of lemon.
Or try the Sinner Sangria made with 3 ounces of Merlot, a quarter ounce of Raspberry Mathilde Liqueur, half ounces of triple sec, Blackberry Brandy and simple syrup, 1.25 ounces of Sake and a splash of lemon-lime soda.
Looking for Halloween Bash-worthy drinks to serve at home? Liven up your party with one of these easy-to-make libations. Use lychees or beets as an eerie eyeball garnish for an extra haunting effect.
- Iceberg Vodka’s Halloween-themed drink, The Blood Shot, is one part Iceberg Vodka, one part Peach Schnapps, one part Jagermeister and one part cranberry juice. Mix, pour over ice and serve.
- Belvedere Vodka’s Halloween creations are based on the HBO vampire series True Blood. Drink recipes include Faeries’ Nectar and Belvedere After Dark. To make the Faeries’ Nectar, mix 1.5 ounces Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, 3 ounces grapefruit juice and a dash of lime juice. Add ice and top with 3 ounces Tru Blood Beverage. For the Belvedere After Dark, pour Tru Blood over ice and add 1.5 ounces Belvedere Vodka, half an ounce of ginger syrup and half an ounce of lemon juice.
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