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NYC’s 7 Best Halloween Cocktails

October 25, 2011 2:35 PM

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Whether you’ll be attending a costume party or planning a themed dinner out with friends, Halloween is a fun time to celebrate with both sweet treats and festive cocktails. From candy corn to caramel apples, mixologists across the city are finding ways to infuse their cocktails with spooky sweetness. Enjoy these frighteningly delicious libations as you cheers to Halloween this year in NYC. By Sarah Shaker.

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Spice Pumpkin Milkshake, Sugar and Plumm

377 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
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This dessert cocktail is as sweet as the name of the Upper West Side boutique bistro where it’s served. Pumpkin and vanilla ice cream is shaken with ginger molasses cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple pecan butter infused rum. For a pumpkin delight without the buzz, try the Pumpkin Cheesecake Sundae: Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream, Cheesecake pieces, gingersnap and graham cracker cookie crumbs, salted caramel, sauce, whipped cream.

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CandycornTini, SideBAR

118. E. 15th St.
New York , NY
(212) 677-2900

Haven’t gotten your fix of candy corn yet this Halloween season? Find more at SideBAR, the post-grad hot spot in Union Square. Candy-Corn-Infused Vision Vodka is mixed with pineapple juice and garnished with extra candy corn, to satisfy your sweetest Halloween sweet tooth. For more indulgent drinks like this one, check out our roundup of NYC’s best chocolate cocktails.

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The Dark and Spooky, NOIR

151 East 50th Street
New York, NY
(212) 753-1144

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This Halloween you’ll find a spooky cocktail at NOIR, a date night destination in Midtown. Muddled Mango is mixed with freshly squeezed lime and orange juices, Marie Brizard Orange Liqueur and cranberry juice. Served on the rocks, this cocktail is then finished with Black Strap Rum for an eerily delicious look.

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Caramel Apple Martini, Virgil's Real Barbecue

152 West 44th Street
New York, NY

In honor of Halloween, Virgil’s Real Barbecue has created a Caramel Apple Martini, made with Buttershots Liqueur, loaded with butter and brown sugar, Laird’s Applejack Brandy, Sour Apple Pucker and cranberry juice, served over ice. This sweet Halloween cocktail packs a punch for adult trick-or-treaters looking for a boozy treat.

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Coney Island Freaktober Beer, MexiBBQ

37-11 30th Ave
Astoria, NY
(718) 626-0333

Halloween cocktails are fun, but for beer lovers, MexiBBQ should be your go-to bar for Halloween-themed brews and pumpkin beers. Coney Island Freaktober Beer is available this month, as well as a long list of pumpkin suds. And while you’re imbibing by their bar, keep with the holiday theme by trying their Pumpkin Crème Brulee or Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Apple Cider Donuts.

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Witches Brew, 40/40 Club

6 W 25th St
New York, NY
(646) 410-0887

In the mood for some hocus pocus? Order a Witches Brew (Malibu, melon liquer, blbue curacao, mango oasis, pineapple juice) at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club this Halloween. And while you’re already in the spooky holiday spirit, you should also try out the Bloody-tini (bloody mary mix, stoli vodka) or Vampire’s Kiss (goldschalger, strawberry schnapps, grenadine, cranberry juice).

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The Witch's Eye, Zengo

622 Third Ave
New York, NY

Muddled fresh grapes are toped with Pisco and Sparkling Sake for an Asian twist on traditional Halloween cocktails. A frozen grape is dropped in as garnish, to represent a spooky witch’s eye, and it just so happens to make for a cool sweet treat to enjoy when your cup is eerily empty.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.

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