Eat, Drink and be Scary! Sassy Spirits and Ghoulish Grub for an Adult Halloween

Catherine L. Kaufman
Catherine L. Kaufman

I’m shellacking my nails black and stirring my caldron bubbling over with Beluga and blinis and pumpkin martinis for a grown-up Halloween hoopla. All Hallow’s Eve, an ancient Catholic custom honoring saints, has morphed into a $3 billion-a-year trick-or-treating candy orgy. But big kids can have fun, too.

• Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey will be shakin’ things up at his downtown Searsucker with some bone chilling cocktails like the

Femur Shot

— an actual steer femur bone, cleaned, boiled and stuffed with a concoction of coconut, lime and vodka.

• For a sweet and seasonal refresher, The Grant Grill on Broadway will offer its famous

Smashing Pumpkin

that appeared on The Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”  This glorious gourd cocktail blends pumpkin, star anise, rum, Grand Marnier, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, aromatic saffron syrup, cardamom bitters and a squirt of fresh Meyer lemon.

• For howling werewolfs, Donovan’s Prime Seafood will be pouring

The Full Moon,

a lunar libation of Double Cross Vodka, Valrhona white chocolate, vanilla infused pisco, and Sal de Camargue.

• And for pure insanity, chug down the

Mental Ward 10

of high west “bourye” bourbon, pomegranate, molasses, lime and sugar at Hotel Palomar’s new Saltbox Dining and Drinking.

• Visit the Rancho Bernardo Inn for a

Ghoulish Grog

of Bacardi light, gold and dark rums, Grand Marnier and grapefruit, orange and pineapple juices served in a Mason jar with a glow stick garnish.

Playing armchair mixologist, may I make some eerie recommendations so you can shake, rattle and roll in your own home? This

Black Cat

is one you definitely want to cross paths with on Halloween – an icy Blavod Black Vodka blended with a raspberry-flavored Chambord garnished with fresh raspberries. Or a

Bloody Brew

, a twist on the classic Bloody Mary which adds a splash of beer to the mix to make it sizzle and foam at the mug.

To shock the senses, (and your guests) try a

Brain Hemorrhage

that truly resembles gray matter in a glass. This cocktail layers Peach Schnapps and Irish Cream with a finishing drizzle of Grenadine over the top, giving the libation its signature color. And for that sweet caffeine jolt, do a

Cookie Monster Cocktail

that makes a liquid cookie sandwiching Irish Cream between Kahlua and Peppermint Schnapps.

Whip up some fun Halloween eats to accompany these drinks. Kick off the festivities with an

Eyeball Antipasto

making a platter of your favs including artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and giant green olives stuffed with pimentos, cut in half and strategically placed with toothpicks on small, fresh mozzarella balls to resemble orbs.


Pirate Pizzas

with plenty of red sauce, orange peppers and black olives, serve sushi with splashes of orange roe and smoked salmon, and other finger foods such as crispy spring rolls, turkey meatballs, or chicken and veggie skewers with a sweet, sour and sassy dipping sauce that mocks clotted blood made of grape jelly, ketchup, French dressing and dash of Tabasco.

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