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Scary good drinks: The best Halloween cocktails — and how to make them for your party

Scary good drinks: The best Halloween cocktails — and how to make them for your party

Marcy, Halloween cocktails, Pirate's Punch, III Forks, October 2012
Pirate's Punch at III Forks Courtesy Photo
Marcy, Halloween cocktails, drinks, October 2012, Pumpkin Martini at Kiran's
Kiran's Pumpkin Martini Photo by Todd Gregory
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Dracula's Kiss at Sullivan's
Dracula's Kiss at Sullivan's Steakhouse Photo courtesy of Sullivan's Steakhouse
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Honey + Venom, Phil's Wine Lounge
Honey + Venom at Phil's Wine Lounge Photo by Karl Heim/KH Studio
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Candy Apple Martini at Sullivan's
Sullivan's Candy Apple Martini Photo courtesy of Sullivan's Steakhouse
Marcy, Halloween cocktails, drinks, October 2012, Reserve 101 Bloody Hatchet
Reserve 101's Bloody Hatchet Courtesy Photo
Marcy, Halloween cocktails, Pirate's Punch, III Forks, October 2012
Marcy, Halloween cocktails, drinks, October 2012, Pumpkin Martini at Kiran's
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Dracula's Kiss at Sullivan's
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Honey + Venom, Phil's Wine Lounge
Marcy, Halloween coctails, drinks, October 2012, Candy Apple Martini at Sullivan's
Marcy, Halloween cocktails, drinks, October 2012, Reserve 101 Bloody Hatchet

Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky sips. These frighteningly delicious libations are more treat than trick, and are sure to summon your spirits.

Devilishly delicious, the Honey & Venom cocktail at Phil’s Wine Lounge (the rebranded, revamped first floor at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge) is a festive potion comprised of rosemary-infused gin, Riesling liqueur, lemon juice, and a splash of orange blossom water. Come in with a costume on Halloween night from 5 to 11 p.m. and get a free Honey & Venom.

Honey & Venom
Combine and shake the following in a martini shaker:
• 1 oz. rosemary-infused gin                                                 
• 1 oz. Riesling Liqueur*
• ½ oz. lemon juice
Strain over fresh ice and add a splash of orange blossom water. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
*To make the Riesling Liqueur simply reduce one bottle of German Riesling over low flame and combine with 1/2 cup brandy.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse's drink menu features several sinister beverages in honor of All Hallows Eve. Satisfy your thirst for blood with Dracula’s Kiss, a wicked libation made with Grenadine, Effen Black Cherry Vodka and Coke.

Forego the candy for the sweet Candy Apple Martini. It's a mix of Skyy Vodka, sour apple schnapps, butterscotch schnapps and cranberry juice.

Candy Apple Martini
• 1 oz.  Skyy Vodka
• 1 oz. sour apple schnapps
• 1 oz.  butterscotch schnapps
• 1 oz. cranberry juice
Shake all the ingredients in a Boston shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or apple slice.

Dracula’s Kiss
• ½ oz. grenadine
• 1.5 oz. Effen Black Cherry Vodka
• Fill with Coke
In a highball glass add grenadine then ice, vodka and coke in that order to create a distinct red layer at the bottom of the glass

Ghoulishly good, Reserve 101's Bloody Hatchet packs a bite. It's a combination of Buried Hatchet Stout and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. Reserve 101 serves it with a bacon salt rim. This haunting drink is normally priced at $10, but you can order one up during happy hour for only six bucks.

Halloween is a real treat at III Forks. The Pirate's Punch cocktail is a potent concoction. Make by simply pouring Blue Curacao and pineapple juice over an island of Blueberry Boba and then topping off with Kraken Spiced Rum. You'll be hooked.

This month's signature ingredient, pumpkin, is front and center in Kiran’s Pumpkin Martini. A brew of Stoli Vanilla, pumpkin butter, cinnamon simple syrup, fresh orange juice and fresh apple juice, it's sure to cast a spell.

Pumpkin Martini
• 3 oz. Stoli Vanilla
• 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin butter
• 1/2 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
• 1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
• 1/2 oz. fresh apple juice
Fill a mixing glass with ice. Combine ingredients, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

Also pumpkin flavored and jack-o'-lantern orange is Branch Water Tavern’s elixir, the Pumpkin Flip. Chef Grossman's recipe combines an egg with pumpkin spice infused syrup, cream, allspice dram, Old Monk rum infused with dehydrated pumpkin, and Angostura bitters. Careful not to have too many or your frightful night will turn into an equally frightful morning.

Pumpkin Flip
Combine and serve in martini glass:
• One whole egg
• 2 oz. cream
•.75 oz. pumpkin spice infused syrup
•.25 oz. allspice dram
• 2 oz. Old Monk rum infused with dehydrated pumpkin Misto with angostura

Cheers and Happy Halloween from CultureMap!