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Three Halloween-Inspired Cocktails

From one of New York’s best spots. Consider this our first treat to you.

Three Halloween-Inspired Cocktails
Alec Kugler
We don’t mind admitting we’re down for a pumpkin spice whatever with apple anything on the side. Cue eye rolls and accusations of being basic, we don’t care, that shit is delicious! But sometimes you want something fall-feeling that’s a little on the stronger side—especially with our favorite non-holiday, Halloween, looming on the horizon. So we turned to Miri Kolici at Upstairs at The Kimberly’s year-round rooftop bar to show us how to do All Hallows Eve drinking in a not-so-predictable way. If your Halloween night is looking more “sophisticated elegance” than “cat woman gone wild” (or, hey, both), give one of these a whirl—or, if you’re hosting a costume non-optional party at your place, mix up a batch of any of these to keep things “festive” all night.

Make one (or three), and snap us a pic of how they turn out.



A few too many of these, and you might as well forget Halloween ever happened.


1 oz. vodka
1 oz. vanilla vodka
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. apple cider
pinch of pumpkin spice


1. Shake vodka, lemon juice, & apple cider in shaker with ice.

2. Strain into glass.

3. Dust a pinch of pumpkin spice on top.

4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or apple peel.

The Mistress

For when you’re feeling more “treat” than trick.


1.5 oz. pizco (or vodka)
.5 oz. St. Germaine
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 fresh grapefruit slices
lemon peel


1. Muddle grapefruit slices.

2. Shake pizco or vodka, St. Germaine, muddled grapefruit, & lemon juice in shaker with ice.

3. Strain into glass.

4. Garnish with lemon peel.

The Midtown

Trust us. Midtown Manhattan is actually terrifying.

1.5 oz. bourbon
2 oz. chamomile tea syrup
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
6 fresh raspberries


1. Muddle raspberries.

2. Shake bourbon, chamomile syrup, muddled raspberries, & lemon juice in shaker with ice.

3. Strain into glass.

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