Eat and Drink Halloween cocktails in NYC: Spooky sips around the city By Nicole Levy email@example.com Updated October 28, 2017 12:39 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email You may not be trick-or-treating for candy anymore, but you can definitely go pub-crawling for cocktails this Halloween. Bartenders around the city are taking the autumnal holiday as an excuse to invent new beverages that channel its macabre spirit. This month, trade in your red Solo cup of Pabst at a house party for a glass of one of the specialty drinks below: Midnights' Basic Witch Photo Credit: Midnights This pun-tastic frozen cocktail on Midnights' fall menu puts a boozy spin on the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte. It's made with vodka, coconut milk, fresh pumpkin, ginger and other spices, and espresso. According to the Williamsburg bar and restaurant's menu, a portion of the proceeds from the spirit used in this drink, Simple Vodka, goes toward national hunger relief programs. ($15 for a cup, $25 for a two-person serving, 149 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, 718-384-6961, midnightsbk.com) Tuck Room's Creepy Olde Fashioned Photo Credit: Tuck Room This drink is made with a fig and black walnut-infused rye, maple syrup, ice and bitters made from toasted crickets. The speakeasy is serving it at its Halloween party on Tuesday, Oct. 31. ($65 for an event ticket, 11 Fulton St., South Street Seaport, 212-776-8273, thetuckroom.com) The Crown's Frankenstein Photo Credit: The Crown This monstrous cocktail is prepared with white rum, Thai basil, pineapple and Pernod (an anise-flavored liquor). Its foamy top is garnished with orange stitches. Hotel 50 Bowery's rooftop bar will be serving it in a Champagne glass from Oct. 26 through Oct. 31. ($16, 50 Bowery, Chinatown, 212-508-8000, thecrownnyc.com) Hard Rock Cafe's Evil Eye Cocktail Photo Credit: Hard Rock Cafe Who doesn't love an eyeball in their Mason jar drink? (Especially when it's made from a lychee and a blueberry!) This one is a blend of muddled fall fruits and white and spice rums, topped with pineapple and Angostura bitters. It's on the menu at the rock and roll-themed restaurant from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. (1501 Broadway, Times Square, 212-343-3355, hardrock.com) Graffiti Earth's Blood Roots Tequila Photo Credit: Graffiti Earth This blood-red cocktail at chef Jehangir Mehta's vegetable-focused restaurant is, not surprisingly, garnished with pickled carrots, turnips and Thai chili -- all skewered on a knife. The drink combines tequila, lime juice, jalapeño slices, pomegranate juice and Sprite. Go ahead and pretend you're Bunnicula while sipping from your champagne flute. ($14, 190 Church St., TriBeCa, 212-542-9440, graffitiearthny.com) Industry Kitchen's Crazy Clown Photo Credit: Industry Kitchen Pegged to the release of "It," the horror film based on the Stephen King novel, this cocktail is equal parts rum and peach schnapps. The mixologists at Industry Kitchen are adding orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and grenadine (a reddish pomegranate syrup) to give their clownish concoction bite and color. ($14, 70 South St., at Maiden Lane, South Street Seaport, 212-487-9600, industry-kitchen.com) Bistro Chat Noir's Haunted Townhouse Photo Credit: Hernan Valle The landmark townhouse-turned-French-bistro is serving a signature sip made with Kahlua, vodka and the "ghost of a vanilla bean." Floating on the surface is an edible image of the restaurant's logo. ($18, 22 E. 66th St., Upper East Side, 212-794-2428, bistrochatnoir.com) Slowly Shirley's Perla Negra Photo Credit: Nick Vorderman This jet-black drink for two is made with activated charcoal, a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust processed at very high temperatures. Used as a poison antidote since the early 1800s, the ingredient is combined at Slowly Shirley with Santa Teresa 1796 rum, kalamansi juice, orange juice, honey, ginger and arrack (a South Asian spirit) and topped off with sorrel. The subterranean cocktail lounge serves it in a skull bowl. ($39, 121 W. 10th St., West Village, 212-243-2827, slowlyshirley.com) The Club Car's Inferno Photo Credit: Conor Harrigan Like the Perla Negra, this somber cocktail gets its color from activated charcoal. Bartenders at The Club Car, a supper club at the McKittrick Hotel, stir the powder into bourbon before adding other spirits, like cacao liqueur, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. They top the beverage off with edible glitter, so your tongue can sparkle the whole night through. ($17, 530 W. 27th St., Chelsea, 212-564-1662, mckittrickhotel.com) Eli's Night Shift's The Murderino Photo Credit: Eli's Night Shift This near-black cocktail made with activated charcoal takes its name from the popular true crime podcast "My Favorite Murder." Its creator, barman Nathan Gurr, mixes the charcoal with whiskey, Campari, vermouth and Bonal, an herby aperitif. He tops it with a frothy egg whites, then swirls a maraschino cherry around the glass to make it look as if it were bleeding, skewers the fruit with a toothpick and balances it on top. The drink is on Eli's regular evening menu. ($14, 189 E. 79th St., Upper East Side, 212-879-7160, elizabar.com/nightshift) Gallow Green's Witches' Brew Photo Credit: Conor Harrigan This poisonous-looking concoction at McKittrick Hotel's rooftop bar and restaurant gets its greenish hue from green tea matcha syrup and Midori, a melon liqueur. Japanese whisky is the foundation for a cocktail that gets some bite from yuzu juice and Thai bitters. Witches' Brew is garnished with a couple of Maraschino cherries. ($17, 542 W. 27th St., Chelsea, 212-564-1662, mckittrickhotel.com) Mr Chow's Fare Thee Well Photo Credit: Mr Chow Floating blood cherries and a dehydrated orange wheel amp the spook factor of this otherwise tame bourbon and lemon cocktail at the upscale Chinese restaurant chain specializing in Beijing cuisine. The drink is finished off with a touch of apricot brandy. (324 E. 57th St., Upper East Side and 121 Hudson St., TriBeCa, mrchow.com) aRoqa's Through My Sails Photo Credit: Evan Sung Served in a black cauldron befitting a potion, this cocktail blends rum, pineapple-lemongrass puree, sherry and almonds. It arrives at your table, along with your contemporary Indian meal, topped with a lime soaked in highly ignitable overproof rum (a run with an alcohol content of greater than 57 percent) and lit aflame. ($14, 206 Ninth Ave., Chelsea, 646-678-5471, aroqanyc.com) Mr. Jones' The Other Side Photo Credit: Mr. Jones Cross over to the afterlife when you order this vodka-and-beer cocktail with a color gradient. You'll get some kick from the cinnamon lime syrup and the Worcestershire sauce when you sip your drink at a bar that celebrates the jet-setting lifestyle of wealthy Americans in the '60s. The Other Side is available starting Oct. 16. ($18 every night except Oct. 26, the night of a "Hudson Scare" bar crawl, when it's $6; 246 Spring St., Hudson Square, 212-842-4566, mrjonesnyc.com) Union Bar and Kitchen's Skeleton Lake Photo Credit: Union Bar and Kitchen This is one eye-opening drink. Garnished with a fake eyeball (we have yet to determine what it's made of and whether it's edible), Skeleton Lake is prepared with chamomile-infused bourbon, oleo saccharum (a syrup packed with citrus essential oils) grapefruit and fall spice. Like The Other Side, this cocktail is available starting Oct. 16. (300 Spring St., Hudson Square, 646-791-0005, unionbarandkitchen.com) Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC's Dragon's Blood Photo Credit: Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Beets are the starring ingredient in this maroon-colored, rye-based drink, served at the hotel's Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge. Apple cider and star anise syrup add additional flavor. Bartenders garnish the cocktail with pint leaves and the cutest dragon figurines. ($18, 18 Ninth Ave., Meatpacking District, 212-206-6700, gansevoorthotelgroup.com) Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC's Black Widow Photo Credit: Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC Like the black widow spider, this drink bites. Available at the hotel's Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge, the martini contains a basil and strawberry puree, lime juice, simple syrup, jalapeño-infused vodka and a "mystery ingredient" (which we all know, by this point, is activated charcoal). With your cocktail comes a piece of holiday-themed jewelry: a spider ring that strikes us as something Morticia Addams would flaunt on her finger. ($15, 420 Park Ave. South, Kips Bay, 212-317-2900, gansevoorthotelgroup.com) By Nicole Levy firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.