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NYC’s 5 Best Halloween And ‘Day Of The Dead’ Cocktails

October 24, 2011 2:11 PM

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Planning to hit the town this Halloween for adult-style treats? Try these spooky sips served at NYC bars when you are out past the witching hour. Keep the spirited celebration going with Day of the Dead (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) cocktails as well. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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Jack O’ Lantern at the Empire Hotel

44 W. 63rd St.
New York, NY
(212) 265-7400

The Empire Hotel’s Lobby Bar has whipped up a seasonal concoction, the Jack O’ Lantern (Jack Daniels, Lucid Absinthe, orange bitters and two sugar cubes), available for $15. While bourbon and absinthe make for a potent mix, it’s the carved orange peel garnish that really lights us up.

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Witch’s Eye at ZENGO

622 3rd Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 808-8110

At ZENGO on Monday, Oct. 31, guests in costume will receive a complimentary Witch’s Eye (sparkling sake, pisco and muddled grapes with a frozen grape garnish) at the bar. In the dining room, play trick or treat by choosing from either a guaranteed treat or risking your luck with a bag of tricks which includes items such as a free margarita, a $100 gift card, a $200 gift card, or–boo–nothing at all.

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Swamp Thing at 508 Gastrobrewery

508 Greenwich St.
New York, NY
(212) 219-2444

508 Gastrobrewery, known for its selection of craft beer, has created a monster mash-up of a cocktail for Halloween called the Swamp Thing (light rum, absinthe, lime juice, cucumber and black tapioca). It’s green, murky and bound to give you a killer buzz.

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The Afterlife at Ofrenda

113 7th Ave. South
New York, NY
(212) 924-2305

Ofrenda is serving a special Day of the Dead cocktail, The Afterlife (Espolon Tequila Reposado, Frangelico, lemon juice, chile piquin-cinnamon syrup and two dashes of wormwood bitters). Created by Jorge Guzman, the drink is a celebration of life and death, with both spicy and sweet flavors to represent the dark and light moments of existence.

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Margarita del Diablo (Devil’s Margarita) at Maya

1191 1st Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 585-1818

Raise a glass to the dearly departed with the Margarita del Diablo (Devil’s Margarita), being served at Maya in honor of Day of the Dead. Made with Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila, blood orange puree, sour mix and a mole rim, this refreshing drink should rattle your bones.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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