Halloween Special: 10 Frighteningly Named Cocktails Around NYC
Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, Deadly Sin--these eerily-dubbed cocktails sound like they were made for Halloween, even if they carry tame origins (take, for example, the inspiration of Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand for the name of the classic Scotch and orange juice libation). Today, bartenders across town are still finding ways to mix spook with spirits--and they aren't afraid to have a little bit of fun while they're at it. In honor of All Hallows Eve--and the celebrating you'll no doubt begin doing this weekend--we present 10 frighteningly named cocktails in NYC.
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10. The Deadly Hallows, The Smith, 55 Third Avenue
Comfort food is delivered in a multitude of shapes and sizes at this crowd-gathering locale, where nine-to-fivers and cafe commuters alike can take solace in progression, from roasted tomato soup to fried chicken. Seasonality extends to the bar, where mixologists took autumnal-focused cues from the Corpse Reviver's apple brandy base for The Deadly Hallows ($13): a shaken apple brandy and black walnut liqueur concoction, served up and topped with baked apple bitters.
9. The Sleepy Hollow, Jane, 100 West Houston Street
If The Smith is the kid who opted for the Clash concert in lieu of making curfew, sister restaurant Jane was at home, acoustically strumming along to Nina Simone. The Greenwich Village eatery serves approachable, seasonally-driven American fare and cocktails with a "look or you'll miss it" hint of refinement. The Sleepy Hollow ($13), an amber and maple rum-focused potion with a pumpkin cider floater, is no exception.
8. Spider, The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street
Given the gravity found in the establishment's title, it's no surprise that the team here is just as serious about their beverage program. The first floor's Taproom serves up craft beer, bottled punch, and a comprehensive selection of whiskeys, and things only get boozier upstairs, where communal punch bowls and a list of nearly 75 cocktails welcome patrons. This Halloween, try the absinthe-dashed Spider ($14), a nutmeg-garnished carbonated medley of gin, mace tincture, and lemon sherbet.