Cocktails & Spirits

Miami's Seven Best Halloween Cocktails

Lollipop Brew
Lollipop Brew Courtesy of Sugar Factory
Halloween is only weeks away, and there's no better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year than with a few boo-zy cocktails. From stunning pumpkin libations to movie-inspired drinks, Miami purveyors are pulling out all the tricks and treats. Go ahead and pick your poison, because it's going to be one hell of a night.
click to enlarge Bloody Mojito - COURTESY OF HAVANA 1957
Bloody Mojito
Courtesy of Havana 1957
1. Bloody Mojito at Havana 1957.  This blood-red mojito will no doubt get you in the Halloween mood. The Bloody Mojito ($13.95) consists of vibrant red rum muddled with fresh mint, sugar, and lime, topped with a syringe of fruity goodness. If rum is not your thing, opt for the Vampisol ($8.50), made with chilled beer, fresh lime juice, and Clamato juice. 405 Española Way, Miami Beach, 305-503-3828;
click to enlarge Diablo Margarita - COURTESY OF THE DANA AGENCY
Diablo Margarita
Courtesy of The Dana Agency
2. Diablo Margarita at La Cerveceria de Barrio. This nefarious margarita is a mélange of both spicy and sweet flavors. Melting beneath two chili horns, the creamy strawberry purée melds with jalepeño-infused tequila and triple sec, rimmed with taijin. ($14). 836 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-604-9060;
click to enlarge Lollipop Brew - COURTESY OF SUGAR FACTORY
Lollipop Brew
Courtesy of Sugar Factory
3. Lollipop Brew at Sugar Factory. Nothing says Halloween like a smoking witch's brew brimming with candy. Indulge your inner child with this outrageous goblet filled with citrus vodka, coconut, melon syrup, pineapple juice, sour mix, gummy snakes, and gummy brains ($29; serves two). 1144 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-604-0323;
click to enlarge Smashing Pumpkins - COURTESY OF SEASPICE
Smashing Pumpkins
Courtesy of Seaspice
4. Smashing Pumpkins at Seaspice. If you're a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, you'll adore Seaspice's Smashing Pumpkins. Ron Barcelo Añejo rum, pumpkin purée, allspice, and a dash of nutmeg are shaken to fashion this medley of autumn flavors ($15). 422 NW River Dr., Miami; 305-440-4200;
click to enlarge Smoke & Fire - COURTESY OF BOULUD SUD
Smoke & Fire
Courtesy of Boulud Sud
5. Smoke & Fire at Boulud Sud Miami. Thee mixologists at Boulud Sud have concocted a spicy tipple of Vida mezcal, cayenne pepper, paprika, and citrus with a spiced rim ($15). 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800;
click to enlarge The "Beet"lejuice - COURTESY OF DOC B'S IN CORAL GABLES
The "Beet"lejuice
Courtesy of Doc B's in Coral Gables
6. The Beetlejuice at Doc B's. The beet-forward libation containing CH Gin, all-organic beet juice, mint, and lemon is a stunning interpretation of the beloved Halloween film ($13). 301 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 786-864-1220;
click to enlarge The Great Pumpkin - COURTESY OF NO. 3 SOCIAL
The Great Pumpkin
Courtesy of No. 3 Social
7. The Great Pumpkin at No. 3 Social. This drink hits all the right seasonal notes with a recipe of pumpkin purée, star anise, nutmeg syrup, bourbon, and peach bitters ($14). The chilled concoction provides the warmth of fall without the heat, the perfect compromise for Miami's perpetually warm nights. 50 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-748-4540;
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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