Cocktails for an Adult Halloween

Get spooked with some candy-inspired drinks

After years of research, we’ve found that Halloween cocktail recipes are usually more of a trick than a treat, packing sugary sweetness that rivals a handful of candy corn. And don’t even get us started on the names…

But we still love the holiday and made it our mission to find some tasty concoctions that you might actually fix when you’re not in costume. So we asked a pair of talented New York mixologists to each create a balanced tipple inspired by their favorite candy.

When it comes to sweets, bar consultant and advisory board member Aisha Sharpe is old-school, favoring the intensely chocolaty Tootsie Roll. She reimagined the confection as a simple stirred drink (pictured above) calling for spicy rye whiskey, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and a large dose of chocolate bitters.

If you’re finished carving pumpkins and are up for a project, try Jason Littrell’s Snicker Flip. The bar consultant at JBird Cocktails makes a nod to each element of a Snickers bar with this sophisticated elixir: There’s a splash of crème de cacao, a peanut-infused bourbon, and a homemade caramel syrup spiked with spices.

No matter what you decide to serve, happy Halloween!

Click here for recipes for the Tootsie Roll and Snicker Flip. 

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