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Trick-or-treat for adults: The spookiest Halloween cocktails in Austin

Trick-or-treat for adults: The spookiest Halloween cocktails in Austin

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Infused Candy Corn at Icenhauer’s. Courtesy of Icenhauer's
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The Devil’s Tritone at drink.well. Courtesy of Drink.Well
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Pumpkin Spice Martini at W Austin Hotel. Courtesy of W Austin Hotel
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Dracula’s Kiss from Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Courtesy of Sullivan's Steakhouse
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Corpse Reviver #2 at Péché. Courtesy of Peche
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Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie at HandleBar. Courtesy of HandleBar
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Despite being far too old to actually go trick-or-treating, we have a viable Halloween treat option for you.

This All Hallows Eve, put down the bowl of candy and opt for Halloween cocktails. Grab your trick-or-treat sack and traipse around Austin’s to try spooky libations at the bars that are in the ghoulish spirit. We'll start this Halloween-themed bar hop downtown — whether or not you wear a sexy costume is totally up to you.

Péché: Corpse Reviver #2

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.

Sullivan's Steakhouse: Dracula's Kiss

Next we’ll walk around the corner to Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Colorado St. for a vampire drink that doesn’t suck.

Dracula’s Kiss  

  • .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

W Austin: Pumpkin Spice Martini

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

HandleBar's Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

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

Icenhauer's: Infused Candy Corn

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

drink.well.: The Devils Tritone

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 Jessica 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.
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