Spooky Sips: New York City's Best Halloween Cocktails
You've carved the pumpkins and stocked up on candy. Now, hit the liquor store. Hotels across the U.S. are preparing for Halloween with signature cocktails that are the perfect adult treat. We've rounded up the best from bar-epicenter, New York City. Make the trip or concoct your own for a party at home.
Coco's Black Widow (pictured above) - From Avenue's mixologists and available at Marquee and Avenue during the month of October, this finicky drink is a visual stunner. Since the must-have ingredient, Blavod Black Vodka, may be difficult to find, it's best to go to the bars themselves.
¼ cup ice
¼ cup orange or tangerine juice
¼ Cup Vita Coco Tangerine
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for garnish
Place ice in a highball glass. Pour juice and Vita Coco into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice. Slice ends off a licorice twist and use as a straw.
Hocus Pocus - Served up at the new Forty Four at the Royalton Hotel, this upscale cocktail is best served by one of the hotel bar's skilled mixologists, or at least someone in a mixologist costume (send us those photos please!).
1 3/4 oz Beefeater Gin
1/2 oz Combier
1/2 oz Carpano Antica
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
L'Orange Pumpkin Carver (above) - Created at the Paramount Hotel, this meal-in-a-glass kind of drink has a whole day's worth of carbs. Just save room for candy corn.
1 ½ parts Grey Goose L'Orange Flavored Vodka
¾ part maple syrup
½ part Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 tsp pumpkin butter
1 part fresh lemon juice
Garnish with apple chips
In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients. Add ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into martini glass and add apple chip garnish.
Pumpkin Punch - At Kastel in Trump Soho, Halloween revelers can sip on this orange elixer that's the color of some (*cough*) celebrity skin-tones.
2.5 ounces of Bacardi eight-year aged rum
1 ounce of pineapple juice
3/4 ounce of lemon juice
3/4 ounce of orange juice
.5 ounce of spiced pumpkin puree
.5 ounce of date molasses
1 dash of Fee brothers original bitter
Shake really hard over ice and garnish with nutmeg
Charlotte Savino is Travel + Leisure's Listings Editor.
Photos courtesy of Avenue Hotel and Paramount Hotel.