Halloween Cocktails Come Knocking From Honolulu to Vegas
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- No tricks, only treats for the adults this Halloween. Restaurants and bars everywhere are offering specialty cocktails this month designed with the holiday in mind. From scary elixirs to spooky spirits, the month's signature ingredient of pumpkin pops up all over town. TravelsinTaste scouted out in advance where you can have your sinfully fun soiree (witches and bats extra).
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Like a refined taste of the islands to add to your Halloween delight? Try the Morimoto 1972 Aged Sake at the acclaimed Morimoto Waikiki in Honolulu. It has spiced pumpkin and citrus oil aromas complete with a lingering tropical fruit finish.
Staying on the mainland and looking for a pumpkin with a punch? The Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel, brings you the Smashing Pumpkin Martini. With ingredients such as pumpkin- and star anise-infused 10 Cane Rum, Grand Marnier, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Saffron syrup, cardamom bitters and fresh Meyer lemon and mixed in a martini glass garnished with a spicy rim and a wooden pumpkin-like ornament,this beverage is sure to hit the spot.For a truly spooky experience, try The Femur Shot at celebrity chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Created by the innovative mixologists of Pick & Rock's Cocktails, The Femur Shot is served in steer femur bones and designed to be sucked out, bone marrow style. (The steer femur bones are cleaned and boiled, then stuffed with coconut, lime and vodka.) San Diego's Whiskey Girl pays homage to the haunts of Halloween with a host of haunted cocktails. Guests can choose from the Wolfman, a chocolate martini with vanilla vodka, the Frankenstein, with Malibu, melon, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and whipped cream, and the Dracula, served with a single shot of Rumplemintz, a splash of cream and grenadine. What about the werewolf, you ask? Donovan's Prime Seafood, also in downtown San Diego, will make sure to bring out your inner werewolf with the Full Moon cocktail. This intense concoction includes Double Cross Vodka, Valrhona white chocolate, vanilla-infused pisco and Sal de Camargue. In La Jolla's Bird Rock community, Beaumont's Eatery has a unique Jack-O-Lantern -- one made with Jack Daniels, pumpkin spice liquor, fresh mandarin and a dusting of cinnamon. A floating eyeball and creepy spider create a polished finish. Always looking to create sexy shakes, Holsteins Shakes and Buns at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel offers the Pumpkin Pie Bamboozled Shake. This adult spin on a classic treat is made with sapling liquor, pumpkin pie filling, graham crumble, cinnamon syrup and pepitas brittle -- the perfect liquid pumpkin pie. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino boutique nightclub, Tabu, is offering specialty cocktails including the Devil's Reject, Gravedigger and Black Magic Martini. Although the devil might have sent the Devil's Reject back to the bar, you won't dare send back this concoction of Ambhar tequila, Grand Marnier, lemon, lime, pineapple and pomegranate juice. Ginger ale completes the froth level. The Gravedigger provides the perfect combination of Bacardi Orange Rum, Malibu Rum, Myers Dark Rum, orange, lemon and pomegranate juice. Meanwhile the Black Magic Martini with its coffee-flavored tequila, will keep the night owls up through the eerie hours after the sun goes down. Tanque Verde Ranch, hidden in the rocky mountains of Arizona, has concocted a chilling cocktail with a haunting taste bound to scare even the toughest cowboy: the Prickly Scare Margarita, made with reposado tequila, Cointreau, Drambuie, bitters, freshly picked prickly pear juice from an on-property harvest, agave nectar and lemon and garnished with a lime ring.
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