The older I’ve gotten, the more selective my sweet tooth has gotten. Gone are the days when I can plunder an overflowing candy bowl with the reckless abandon of Charlie Sheen in a hot tub full of hotties. Don’t get me wrong. I still like a treat every now and again. This Halloween I’ll opt for Halloween Cocktails.
Grab your trick-or-treat sack and traipse around Austin’s to try out some spooky libations at the bars that are in the ghoulish spirit. Let’s start our do it yourself haunted bar hop downtown.
Our first stop is Péché on West Fourth St. for a classic cocktail that is rumored to have the ability to bring the dead (or at least the hungover zombies) back to life.
Corpse Reviver #2
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash absinthe
- ice cubes
- Shake all ingredients in a shaker, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Next we’ll walk around the corner to Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Colorado St. for a vampire drink that doesn’t suck.
- .5 ounce Grenadine
- 1.5 ounce Effen Black Cherry Vodka
- Fill with Coke
- In a highball glass add grenadine then ice, vodka and Coke in order to create a distinct red layer at the bottom of the glass
Down the street, Joyce Garrison at W Austin Hotel just released her new fall cocktail menu with updates on classics and a little something that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
- 1.5 ounce vanilla vodka
- .5 ounce Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
- .5 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
- .5 ounce pumpkin spice liqueur
- 1 tsp vodka whipped cream
Now we’re going to walk a little bit east to try another jack-o-lantern-inspired cocktail at HandleBar on Fifth St.
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
- House-made simple syrup — made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar and vanilla extract
- Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine, a corn-based, un-aged whiskey with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon
Let’s continue heading east to Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street for a completely adult approach to candy.
Infused Candy Corn
- A shot of vodka (or mixed with club soda) infused with house-made candy corn
We’ll end the night at North Loop’s drink.well. with a devilish nightcap.
The Devil’s Tritone
Named for an unstable musical interval between two pitches that is a full three “whole tones” apart, this cocktail mixed by Michael Sanders is alchemy of smoke, sweet, spice flavors.
- 2 ounce Balcones Brimstone Smoked TX whiskey
- 1 ounce Jester King Black Metal syrup fortified with mezcal
- 1 dash Bitterman’s Hellfire Bitters
- This bad boy is set on fire with a spray of Bad Dog Fire and Brimstone bitters, Lemonhart 151 and an orange twist.
Despite being far too old to actually go trick-or-treating, you now have a viable Halloween treat option. Whether or not you wear a sexy costume is totally up to you.
A version of this story previously appeared on CultureMap.