Spooky Spirit Halloween Cocktails

Dark Side of The Moon at 20|Twenty
Dark Side of The Moon at 20|Twenty (courtesy photo)

Halloween is a time for nightmarish excitement, eerie stories, and wouldn’t be complete without a thrill themed cocktail to complement these peculiar nights. Mixed in a season that celebrates superstitions, the afterlife, and enchantment, the cocktails below are sure to frighten your taste buds this haunting season.

20|Twenty Beverage Director Stephen George invites you to try the Dark Side of the Moon while you’re out seeking a fright in Carlsbad this Halloween season. This concoction features Nolet’s Gin, lemon juice, a pinch of butterfly pea flower powder, lavender-infused syrup and is topped with sparkling wine, a dusting of activated charcoal and a small piece of dry ice. This lunar inspired cocktail is so eerie, it will have you howling at the moon.

Havana 1920, GBOD Hospitality Group’s intimate Cuban restaurant located at 548 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will offer a Halloween cocktail inspired by the season’s tricks and treats, Truco o Trato. The cocktail, made with Havana Club añejo rum, fresh lime juice, fresh sugarcane syrup and passion fruit, will be available for $12.  More information and reservations are available by calling 619.369.1920 or online at www.havana1920.com. Available exclusively on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Mezé Greek Fusion, located at 345 Sixth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will brew up a bone-chilling cocktail, To Die For, with a combination of Dobel Diamanta GBOD single-barrel tequila, mango purée, Ancho Reyes verde, fresh lime and R&D fire bitters, priced at $13. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.550.1600 or online at www.gaslampmeze.com. Available exclusively on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s underground speakeasy located at 548 Fifth Ave., will concoct a special potion for Halloween: the Witching Sour, a spooky twist on a whisky sour with a splash of red wine, priced at $14. Prohibition will also hold a “Star Wars”-themed party and costume contest on Thursday, Oct. 31. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best saga-inspired attire, with the best costumes winning prizes ranging from gift cards to a signed single barrel bottle of bourbon hand-selected by GBOD Hospitality Group’s Beverage Director, Ryan Andrews. More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.prohibitionsd.com. Available exclusively on Thursday, Oct. 31.

El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass” Mexican restaurant located at 560 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will haunt and scare with its holiday cocktail: Madero de Muerto, a combination of Azuñia Blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and Tajín, priced at $12. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.elchingon.com. Available exclusively on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Despite the wariness one may have about Halloween’s iconic felines, The Westgate Hotel serves a Black Cat Martini ($14) that’s free of superstition. This enchanting martini is mixed with Blue Ice vodka, pomegranate liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, and is topped with one small cube of dry ice to awaken the “spirits”. Take a seat at the Plaza Bar this witching season to enjoy local jazz music while sipping on this alluring mix.

Spooky tip: Wear your best witch costume and join The Westgate Hotel for their first-ever Witches of Westgate Tea on Saturday, October 19.

After an exhilarating scare at the Haunted Trail near Balboa Park, The Corner Drafthouse offers a less-than-frightening cocktail to sip as you calm your nerves. The Spookytini ($9) features Pumpkin Bailey’s Irish Cream and Captain Morgan, while sweet caramel drips from the rim.

Spooky tip: Wear your costume to The Corner Drafthouse October 25 – 31 for $5 select beers and $5 brats.