Picking your poison on the spookiest day of the year can be a captivating adventure thanks to the creative mixologists in and around Boston. They’ve gone all out, concocting some positively potent potions from Witches Brew to Kelp Juice. Imbiber be warned: some of these glorious beverages are only available for a limited time (or at specific events), so get all dressed up and head out on the town for a cocktail crawl you won’t forget.
A4CADE – KELP JUICE
Grab your besties (or your best frenemies) and get to Cambridge for A4Cade‘s Unsung Heroes Halloween Party, a tribute to underappreciated superheroes, on Saturday, October 30th. There’ll be prizes for best costume, tunes from DJ l’Duke and specialty cocktails like Kelp Juice. Inspired by the Best Frenemies episode of SpongeBob (IYKYK), this combination of Bacardi Silver, Midori, shiso, simple syrup, yuzu and tarragon seaweed definitely won’t leave you covered in green fuzz. Get all the party deets here.
BAMBARA – THE GREAT PUMPKIN
Pop over to Bambara over Halloween weekend to catch a spooky (yet also kinda kid-friendly) flick in their courtyard patio or just belly up to the bar to try The Great Pumpkin cocktail. Made with pumpkin, pumpkin spice and vodka, and topped with bubbles it’s the perfect sparkling, seasonal sipper with which to start (or finish) your evening.
CAPO – VOODOO JUICE
Get your crew of warlocks and witches together and head over to Capo‘s Super Spooky Supper Club Scarefest to experience (if you dare) their Voodoo Juice. This brew is a mixture of: tears of a ghost (spicy Ghost tequila), blood of a child (grenadine), 1 kiss of death (passion fruit purée), and a squeeze of witches wart (lemon). After just one sip you’ll be bewitched into having more. Get all the eerie details here for a night full of magic and bones.
CITRUS & SALT – GRAVE DIGGER
The always-Insta-ready folks at Citrus & Salt are gearing up for Halloween with specialty cocktails like the Grave Digger, a potent combination of vanilla vodka, coffee liquor and Giffard creme de cacao. Topped with whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbs, it’s a picture perfect way to raise a glass to the scariest of holidays – and it’s available at both Citrus & Salt and Buttermilk & Bourbon so you’ll have double the chances to check it out for yourself.
COPPERSMITH – PICK YOUR POISON & SPIDER BITE SHOTS
Join Coppersmith for their Nightmare on West 3rd Street event and try some of their creepy cocktails like the Pick your Poison composed of silver tequila, amaretto, pineapple juice and blue curaçao or the Spider Bite shot made with rum, blackberry liqueur, cranberry and blue curaçao. Stop in for a night full of spooky fun decked out in your best costume (get all the event deets here).
ELM STREET TAP ROOM – LOOKIN’ HOT
Dying to have some fun? Head to Davis Square for Elm Street Tap Room‘s Nightmare at Elm Street party on Saturday, October 30th and have an evening filled with costumes, giveaways and spooky cocktails like this Lookin’ Hot – made with lychee, elderflower and Ghost Tequila, and garnished with a lychee/cherry eyeball. Peep their Instagram for additional Halloween-themed bevvies and keep an eye out more event details.
NAUTILUS PIER 4 – MONSTRO MARG & DIA DE LOS NAUTILUS
The seafood-focused folks at Nautilus Pier 4 have planned an Under-the-Sea-themed Halloween party for Saturday, October 30th. Get on your best seafaring costume and make for the Seaport to get in on the good times and to get your mitts on their whimsical (and Insta-ready) bevvies. There’s the Monstro Marg, a mix of tequila, lime, Cointreau and blue curaçao with a cranberry float served in a fishbowl with a gummy shark garnish, as well as the Dia de Los Nautilus, a potent brew made with tequila, hibiscus and lemon served in the Nautilus shell glass.
KING’S – GHOSTBUSTER & WITCHES BREW
They’ve got a whole week of festivities planned at King’s in honor of the creepiest holiday (Halloweek deets here) but if you’re in it just for the scary-good drinks, head over on Friday to try the Ghostbuster (Hendrick’s Gin, muddled cucumber, lime, mint and soda water) or the Witches Brew (Stoli Blueberi, blue curaçao, lemonade, fresh lemon and blueberries) to get into the spirit of the season.
NEW CITY MICROCREAMERY – BRANDY APPLE CRISP
The confectionery crew at New City Microcreamery are making Halloween into an ice cream party bash with their Boos & Booze costume event, featuring this delicious number. Make your cocktail into a milkshake treat with the Brandy Apple Crisp, with apple crisp ice cream, apple brandy and caramel. this crummy frozen sip is only available at the event, so get your tickets here and don’t miss trying this scream worthy ice cream.
OFFSUIT – BOOZY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Barman Ryan Polhemus puts a spooky spin on a classic for guests at OffSuit, the swanky little speakeasy adjacent to Troquet on South. He’s taken the Pumpkin Spice Latte but made it boozy. His version, which includes Teeling Irish Whiskey, Plantation OFTD, Amaro Nonino, Gracenote cold brew, sweet potato, all of the spices, Angostura whipped cream and grated nutmeg, is anything but basic.
RAIL TRAIL FLATBREAD CO. – MEDUSA WITCHFINDER GENERAL BEER FLOAT
Take your childhood tastes to the next level with Rail Trail Flatbread Co.’s Medusa’s Witchfinder General Beer Float. This beautiful concoction is made with New City Microcreamery’s Witchfinder ice cream topped with Medusa Brewing Company’s Witchfinder General Smoked Pumpkin Stout – satisfying all your creamy, pumpkin-y, barley malt beer dreams. Only available during the spooky weekend so make sure to head over to Hudson for this special brew.
SONSIE – ECTO COOLER
Leave the ghost busting to the professionals and get over to Sonsie for drinks instead – the popular Newbury Street spot is featuring a special Halloween-inspired sipper to fuel all your ghoulish seasonal festivities. Pop in to try the Ecto Cooler, made with aperol, Deep Eddy vodka, ginger beer, lemon, lime and Midori.
STILLWATER – GRAVEYARD SMASH
Just ’cause you’re old enough to drink, doesn’t mean you have to forgo all trick-or-treating fun. Get yourself to Stillwater for the Graveyard Smash to enjoy this combo of Dead Rabbits Whiskey, Montenegro, sweet vermouth, lemon and simple syrup. The Fluff and Butterfinger rim will give you all the nostalgic feels and a bit of a buzz, if you’re doing it right.
SUMMER SHACK – HOCUS POCUS
The team at the Summer Shack channeled all its witchy energies into conjuring up the Hocus Pocus for your Halloween sipping enjoyment. This enchanting beverage features gin, chambord, lime juice, simple and butterfly pea extract. Get to either location of the citified clam shack – Cambridge or the Back Bay – and let it cast a spell on you.
TOWN MEETING BISTRO – LA CATRINA FASHIONED
In honor of their Coco-movie-themed Halloween weekend tea, the culinary crew at Town Meeting Bistro at Lexington’s Inn at Hastings Park have rolled out a treat for their 21+ patrons. La Catrina Fashioned, a mezcal twist on an Old Fashioned, will get you into the holiday spirit, and possibly help you feel more connected to your ancestors.
URBAN HEARTH – VERTIGO
Spooky season sips get a sophisticated twist at Urban Hearth where they’ve added some Alfred Hitchcock-inspired cocktails to their offerings. Try the thrilling Vertigo, which features nocino (made in-house using the team’s own foraged walnuts), Bully Boy bourbon, amontillado sherry, and orange bitters. Bring a dining companion to try this and other bevvies inspired by the famous director ‘cause you know what they say, “Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.”
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