Food & Drink

Hey, Witches, It's Happy Hour

Cocktail recipes that'll have Elphaba and Glinda schmoozing

cinebistro pumpkin cocktail!

’Tis time for boos and booze. Bring out the dead with witchy brews from local haunts that are anything but toil and trouble.

Potion: Pumpkin Punch
Brewer: CinéBistro (available through November 4).
Victims: Eight unpretentious scarecrows who prefer gourds to glasses.
Formula: Hollow out eight small pumpkins or one large pumpkin. Combine 8 oz. Myers’s dark rum, 8 oz. Bacardi light rum, 4 oz. sour mix, and 16 oz. pineapple juice over ice in a container. Empty mixture into pumpkin(s), top with 1½ tsp. grenadine per serving (2 oz. total), replace pumpkin lid(s), and serve.

Potion: Vampire Kiss Martini
Brewer: STK (hosting Stake at STK, a free, vampire-themed bash, on Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m.).
Victims: Your True Blood-obsessed cronies and the guy you want to bump fangs with.
Formula: Rim a martini glass with red sugar (use food coloring). Pour 1½ oz. chilled vodka (Grey Goose is preferred) and ½ oz. Chambord black raspberry liqueur into the glass. Top with 1½ oz. of champagne, and lightly pour another ½ oz. Chambord for a layered effect.

Potion: The Lightning Bolt
Brewers: Available at North Highland Pub, Charlie G’s, and The Bucket Shop Cafe.
Victims: Pals who need a jolt.
Formula: Mix two parts Whynatte latte, two parts RumChata, and one part Myers’s dark rum. Serve over ice or as a shot.

Potion: Headless Horseman
Brewers: Stuart White and Vincent Landi at Miller Union (available through November 4).
Victims: Legendary party people.
Formula: Build 2 oz. Laird’s AppleJack, 1 oz. pumpkin ginger puree, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, ¾ oz. ginger liqueur, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters in a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with a few toasted, salted pumpkin seeds.

Photo: Courtesy of CinéBistro

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