Halloween is almost here, and it's time to break out our killer clowns, vampires, and superheroes.
The best part of this holiday is that it brings out everyone's inner child. But while kids have to settle for dumping out their trick-or-treat bags hoping for the "good" candy, we grownups can indulge in treats of the boozy kind.
With that in mind, here are our favorite Halloween cocktails served at Miami restaurants and a recipe for your costume party at home.
5. Sleepy Hollow
This cocktail, named for the Headless Horseman's hood, is made with Belvedere Grapefruit, Jägermeister, Midori, and pineapple juice. It's garnished with a gummy worm. $18 at Hyde Beach.
4. VooDoo Magic
Hyde Beach's cocktail will cast a spell on you with its blend of Belvedere Mango, Grand Marnier, muddled oranges, and lime juice. Candy corn has found its purpose in life -- as a garnish ($18).
3. Candy Corn Martini
TK's at the Villa Mayfair makes the sweet stuff into something delicious in this candy corn martini with premium vodka. Cost is $8, or show up in costume Halloween night and your first one is on the (haunted) house. Did we mention TK's also offers a pumpkin spice mojito for $10? The perfect Miami Halloween cocktail.
2. Pumpkin Coffee Cocktail
Tongue & Cheek bartender Ericka Fernandez created the ultimate pumpkin coffee drink. Made with Tito's Vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico, espresso, and pumpkin and then finished off with a pumpkin whipped cream and candied pepitas, this after-dinner drink kicks Starbucks' PSL to the curb ($15).
1. Smoked Pumpkin Caipirinha
SushiSamba makes for great Halloween parade watching, with its special salute to cosplay, DJs, and innovative cocktails. This smoked pumpkin caipirinha melds seasonal flavors with the smokiness of mezcal and then gives it a distinct Brazilian vibe. Try one at the restaurant this Halloween, or make it at home with this recipe:
Smoked Pumpkin Caipirinha
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- 1 1/2 oz cachaça
- 1/2 oz. mezcal
- 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin purée
- 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
Muddle limes, add other ingredients, and churn with ice.