Sinfully Sweet Treats

When planning a successful Halloween promotion, a savvy operator will lay the groundwork early in preparation for one of busiest bar and club days of the year. If you don’t have something in the works or you’re just beginning to plan for the holiday, start small by creating a special menu that includes some of these spooky and ghoulishly delicious drinks. Guests will reward your cleverness by making your spot their Halloween destination for years to come.

Vampire CrushVampire Crush
Courtesy of Liquid Architect’s Owner Kim Haasarud for Vampyre Vodka.

1½ oz. Vampyre Vodka, red
3 ripe strawberries, hulled (plus one for garnish)
1 oz. lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar or 1 oz. simple syrup
Splash of club soda
Strawberry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar (or simple syrup). Add the Vampyre Vodka. Add about a cup of ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents into Collins glass (or a goblet). Top with a splash of club soda and stir. Garnish with additional strawberry and serve.

On the menu at Chicago q restaurant in Chicago.

1½ oz. Maker’s Mark
2 oz. apple cider
1½ oz. ginger ale
Gummy worm, for garnish

Stir ingredients together, pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a gummy worm.

Courtesy of RedRum.

1½ oz. RedRum
3 oz. pineapple juice
Cherry, for garnish

Mix over ice in a tall glass. Float ½ ounce of melon liqueur, and garnish with a cherry.

“Sangre de Vampiro”
On the menu at T&T (Tacos and Tequila) at Luxor in Las Vegas.

1½ oz. blood orange concentrate
¾ oz. agave nectar
1 oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. orange Curaçao
1½ oz. Hornitos Plata Tequila
¼ jalapeno (stem and seeds removed), for garnish

Shake to perfection with ice, then strain into a glass with a fresh jalapeno spear for garnish.

TY KUBloody Geisha
Courtesy of TY KU.

3 oz. tomato juice
1½ oz. TY KU Sake
Pinch of wasabi
Dash of soy sauce
Squeeze of lime
Celery stalk, for garnish

Shake ingredients hard over ice. Garnish with a celery stalk.

Sour WitchSour Witch
Courtesy of Lucid Absinthe.

1½ oz. Lucid Absinthe
¾ oz. almond syrup a


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