With Halloween around the corner, your Twitter stream may be flowin’ with spooky buzz, and Instagram’s on fire with orange #CandyGrams. But if you want to bring your drinking up a notch, here are the best spots this Halloween season to get your tricked-out sips.
1. La Calaver Catarina (Dapper Skeleton) | The ART Hotel, Denver, Colo.
Ghosts, beware: Special for fall and the Halloween holiday season, the ART Hotel is putting a spin on the traditional hot toddy with their spooky La Calaver Catarina (Dapper Skeleton) cocktail. Kyle Wollenhaupt, head mixologist of the newly opened ART Hotel’s signature FIRE Restaurant, Terrace & Lounge, whipped up the smoky cocktail based off of Day of the Dead Skulls, and infuses vita mezcal, rum, orange juice, lemon juice, all spice dram, angostura bitters, cinnamon simple syrup, toasted marshmallow, chocolate syrup, poured over dry ice.
2. Blood and Sand | Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk, N.Y.
Ever since your Netflix addiction to Royal Pains commenced (Or okay, your obsession with the foxy Jill), you’ve known the Hamptons and mayhem go hand in hand. At Gurney’s Montauk, guests can indulge in the “Blood and Sand” cocktail at The Regent Cocktail Club at Gurney’s Montauk during their “Monster Mash” Halloween party on Saturday, October 31. The Blood and Sand is made with Chivas Regal, muddled filthy cherries, orange bitters, blood orange, and Antica Formula vermouth, and rimmed with sugar, cinnamon and ginger.
3. Hudson Creature | 2West at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, N.Y.
Get toasted with some ghost-y cocktails at 2West restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, which is located on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, complete with stunning views over New York Harbor, Ellis Island, and the monumental Statue of Liberty. The “Hudson Creature” libation is an orange beverage complete with an assortment of candies to create a monstrous face.
4. Pumpkin Pie Bam-Boozled Shake | Holstein’s Shakes and Buns Orange County, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Vampires, zombies, and witches will want to ditch the candy bag this Halloween and grab a Pumpkin Pie Bam-Boozled Shake from Holstein’s Orange County. Ice cream shakes don’t require much convincing but this spirited rendition is sure to make like a jack-o’-lantern grin grace your face with chilled, homemade pumpkin pie mingling with dollop of whipped cream on top. A sweet mix of pumpkin pie filling, ice cream, and graham cracker crumble with a spirited lift from Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka, get your monster-worthy beverage at Holsteins Orange County or Holstein’s flagship location inside The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.
5. Crime Scene | Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Greater San Diego, Calif.
You might want to bounce from most crime scenes, but not this one. Raise your glass to all the goblins in your life this Halloween at Harrah’s Resort Southern California newest ultra-lounge, Spiked Lounge. Rounding out the Crime Scene’s spectacular mix is Absolut Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate Liqueur, and Baileys, served with a coffee ice sphere and a dash of peychaud’s bitters dropped in the cocktail directly in front of guests to create a rippling red accent enough to frighten any kind of drinker. You can also seduce your inner ghost with The Count cocktail. With an alluring mix of Hamilton 151 Rum, Brancamenta, and Averna Amaro served up as a shooter, you and your dressed-up posse might just have a hard time saying no to seconds.
6. La Doña | Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
In celebration of the Day of the Dead (which is November 1), Fairmont Mayakoba is serving up an oh-so-scary La Doña libation for guests to enjoy at the recently renovated La Laguna. The La Doña is brimming with Tequila Herradura Añejo, liqueur Ancho Reyes, agave nectar, lemon juice, and topped with marron chile.
7. White Russian Zombie | The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami, Fla.
Who doesn’t love a White Russian? You might just reserve it for cruise ship indulgences, but this White Russian Zombie at The Bistro Bal Harbour is the perfect riff on the classic cocktail to sling back this fall. With just a hint of grenadine and vodka and coffee liqueur-infused goodness, you’ll feel your ghosts flying away in no time.
8. Frankenstein cocktail | The Front Yard at The Garland, Hollywood, Calif.
9. Smashing Pumpkin | Grant Grill, San Diego, Calif.
Known for shaking up some of the nation’s best cocktails, Grant Grill at THE US GRANT offers an enticing and seasonal fall favorite, the Smashing Pumpkin cocktail. Just in time for Thanksgiving, this pumpkin-rum cocktail provides all of the flavors of fall, spiked with warmth and sweetness from the pumpkin and star anise-infused rum, Grand Marnier, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Saffron syrup, cardamom bitters, and fresh Meyer lemon.
10. Ghouls Night Out | The Nantucket Hotel, Nantucket, Mass.
11. Eye See You | 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, Pa.
12. The Spook Alarm | FIREHOUSE American Eatery & Lounge, San Diego CA
The Spook Alarm cocktail from FIREHOUSE American Eatery & Lounge, is a drink you’re surely want to muster up the guts to try, available for one frightful day only, October 31. With a Halloween-themed twist on the restaurant’s most popular craft cocktail, the Smoke Alarm — a smoky mezcal and Tequila cocktail featuring Xicaru mezcal, Tequila Peligroso Reposado, lemon blood orange, cinnamon, and peach bitters and is garnished with worms (Don’t worry, just the gummy species!). Did we mention tequila and mezcal? Your kid-at-heart will be grateful for the boozy perk.