Time to dust off the broomstick for Halloween. Sure, the supermarket is lined with bags of candy for trick-or-treaters, but don't let that stop you from enjoying a little adult entertainment. The holiday also offers ghoulishly fun drinks. Here are some of the best cocktails for Halloween:
Barton G. the Restaurant. Miami Beach's most whimsical restaurant serves six liquid nitrogen cocktails that transform your drink into a smoldering, mysterious creation. Each cocktail is served with a boozy popsicle frozen to -350 degrees to keep the drink cold, provide flavor instead of watering it down, and add a high-octane shot of alcohol. Try the Blood in the Sky, made with gin, blackberry purée, lemon, sugarcane nectar, and egg white and served with a gin nitro pop. The cocktail is a tribute to Prince and is presented with a tiny purple guitar and glitter boots. Or indulge in the Buddhalicious, containing pear-infused vodka, lychee, cranberry juice, and a nitro pear vodka pop. 1427 W. Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-8881; bartong.com.
Basement Miami. Zip around on skates at this underground nightclub/rink/bowling alley. In honor of All Hallows Eve, Basement will offer orange and black slushies ($10). The orange contains rum, OJ, simple syrup, peach schnapps, and cranberry, and the black is made with rum, OJ, simple syrup, peach schnapps, and cranberry. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com.
Cantina la Veinte. Saturday, October 28, Cantina la Veinte will transform into the "Haunted Hotel," with a live DJ, eerie decorations, and the Love Potion ($15), made with mezcal, lime juice, crème de violette, and house-made butterfly pea flower syrup. The special cocktail will be available that Saturday through Halloween. Guests are encouraged to wear their best and scariest costumes for a chance to win prizes at the Saturday-night party. 495 Brickell Ave., Miami; 786-623-6135; cantinala20.com.
Dôa. Arjun Waney's Peruvian and pan-Asian restaurant will add a specialty drink October 31 to go along with its fusion cuisine. Into the Fog ($15) blends Altos tequila, grapefruit and lime juices, cinnamon syrup, and allspice dram. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-587-2000; doacantina.com.
Gili's Beach Club. On Halloween, try a glass of Hollo-Wine sangria ($10), made with white wine and muddled apples, or the Shrunken Skull ($16), a cocktail spiked with gold Puerto Rican rum, Meyer's spiced rum, and Bacardi and served in a skull glass large enough for two people to share. 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-692-5777; trumpmiami.com.
L Bar. The lobby bar at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will serve the Harley Quinn ($12) October 30 through November 6. The drink is made with Luna Azul tequila, lime juice, pomegranate syrup, and simple syrup and garnished with a black-sugar rim. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-327-7625; seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
Meat Market. The Pumpkin Spice Smash ($14) — Four Roses bourbon shaken with a house-made pumpkin-spice reduction, fresh Florida citrus, and mint — will be available for Halloween. 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-532-0088; meatmarket.net
Tanuki. Dine at Tanuki in costume October 31 and be treated to a complimentary Halloween cocktail, the Kabocha, made with Kikori Japanese whiskey, Tio Pepe sherry, house-made pumpkin purée, nutmeg syrup, fermented kombucha, and citric acid. 1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-615-1055; tanukimiami.com
Faena. The Living Room will serve cocktails like the Let There Be Lips! ($18), made with Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, and "zombie mix" — a blend of fresh fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums. Designated drivers will enjoy the mocktail Janet's a Virgin ($10), containing lime juice, a Bing cherry juice float, and a filthy cherry garnish. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-655-5600; [email protected].