It’s fun to get in the mood for Halloween with decorations, costume shopping, and, for adults, themed cocktails.
Some of these are classic drinks with scary-sounding names. Others are creative libations dreamed up by Valley bartenders. Whatever the case, get in the spirit and enjoy one of these creepy cocktails:
This tropical cocktail was named for the way it’s said to make the imbiber feel. Invented in the 1930s by Donn Beach of the Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Hollywood, the drink features rums, liqueurs and fruit juices. At Crudo, Micah Olson created his version ($10) with four kinds of rum, absinthe, sweet falernum syrup, Don’s Mix (a grapefruit and cinnamon syrup made for tiki drinks), Angostura bitters, grenadine and lime.
Details: Crudo, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-358-8666, crudoaz.com.
This New Age cocktail is similar to a Bloody Mary, but with a twist. The bartenders at Clever Koi made their version ($10) from tomato, orange and lime juices; tequila; hibiscus and ginger syrup; and Bittermens Hellfire bitters. The drink is $10.
Details: Clever Koi, 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-222-3474, thecleverkoi.com.
Bacon Bloody Mary
There are many theories for how this popular drink got its name. The most well-known is that it was named after Queen Mary I of England. The icy queen was nicknamed “Bloody Mary” because of her order to execute Protestants. No matter the name, the drink is delicious with brunch. Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Bacon Blood Mary cocktail is made with spiced tomato mix, bacon vodka, cracked pepper and Worcestershire sauce. The cocktail is $9 at Culinary Dropout and $7 at Zinburger.
Details: Locations Valley-wide. foxrc.com.
Corpse Reviver No. Blue
Although it sounds like it’s named for a zombie apocalypse, the Corpse Reviver family of cocktails is actually intended as “hair of the dog” hangover cures. Each version has different ingredients. The most popular is the No. 2, made with gin, lemon juice, triple sec, lillet and a dash of absinthe. Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted created this No. Blue version ($10), a mix of gin, blue curacao, lillet blanc, lemon juice and a touch of absinthe.
Details: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com.
The bartending staff at Blue Hound created several Halloween cocktails, including El Diablo. The drink ($10) features hibiscus-infused tequila, creme de cassis and lime juice, shaken over ice, then topped with ginger beer and garnished with a lime wheel.
Details: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-258-1231, bluehoundkitchen.com.
Vampire Bite and Vesper the Mansion Ghost
Mixologist Charlie Zeiler is scaring up guests with his spooky concoctions. The Vampire Bite features Old Tom Gin, Campari, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, an egg white and Peychaud’s bitters, shaken over ice and strained into a coupe glass. Vesper the Mansion Ghost is a mix of gin, vodka and lillet blanc, mixed with ice and strained into a coupe.
Details: Mix It Up Bar and T. Cook’s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-840-3610, royalpalmshotel.com.
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