Who says you can't start celebrating Halloween a tad early? Sip and treat your way through the following "scary good" cocktails crafted by Westchester mixologists.
From bewitching martinis to recipes straight from the pumpkin patch, you're sure to find the perfect drink for your monster bash.
- Candy Corn Margarita, Blockheads, White Plains: Relive the childhood taste of candy corn in this adult-version made with tequila, lemon juice and yes, melted candy corn. Dress in costume Saturday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 and receive a $5 off coupon for your next meal.
- Creepy Old Fashioned, The Zombie, Dead Man Walking, Corpse Reviver #13, City Perch, Dobbs Ferry: Mixologist Adam Seger is crafting a host of specialty Halloween cocktails while Chef Sherry Yard offers a spooky, Halloween themed food menu.
- Revived Corpse, Pour, Mount Kisco: This cocktail comes courtesy of Stamford, Conn. -based Gin Lane 1751. It's a play on the famous drink Corpse Reviver that is best for hangovers. Expect bold juniper with hints of licorice thanks to star anise, as well as citrus botanicals.The secret blend to all this? The standout gin.
- Dark and Spooky, Moderne Barne, Armonk: This "scary" cocktail, made for dark nights, contains Goslings Rum and ginger beer and is garnished with lychees stuffed with cherries (to resemble eyes).
- Forbidden Forest, The Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, White Plains: Made with Tito’s vodka, blackberries, lime juice and rosemary this cocktail will surprise you with how ghoulishly good it is. Sit next to the Lounge's dancing fireplace and you're guaranteed for a "hot" night.
- Pumpkin Spice Martini Recipe, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains: Enjoy the taste of fall with this spiced up libation, perfect for gearing up for the little monsters that may be coming your way on Oct. 31.
- Pumpkin Mojito, Winston Restaurant, Mount Kisco : Scare up your tastebuds with the flavor of pumpkin mixed into a classic mojito.
Want to try these spooky concoctions at home? Here are a few recipes.
Candy Corn Margarita (courtesy of Blockheads)
- 3 oz tequila
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz melted candy corn
The Creepy Old Fashioned (courtesy of City Perch Kitchen & Bar)
Includes Heizenberg Fig and Black Walnut Rye, Maple, Hand Stabbed Ice, Grasshopper Bitters
- Chill a rocks glass with ice.
- Discard ice and put as large an ice cube(s) as possible
- Add 2oz Infused Rye
- Add 2 bar spoons (1 tsp) Maple Syrup
- Stir a dozen times
- Finish with 5 drops Critter Bitters
Pumpkin Spice Martini Recipe (courtesy of The Crowne Plaza)
- 1oz Kettle One
- 1.5 oz. Baileys Almond
- .5 oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Shake and strain into a martini glass with a cinnamon sugar rim.
Pumpkin Mojito (courtesy of Winston Restaurant)
- 4 lime wedges
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/2 oz agave nectar
- 1 oz pumpkin purée
- 2 oz rum
- In a shaker glass, muddle lime wedges and mint leaves with agave nectar.
- Add one moderate scoop of ice along with pumpkin purée and rum.
- Thoroughly shake and empty contents into a tall high ball glass.
- Finish with a splash of sparkling water.
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