Get shaken & stirred this Halloween

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Want your trick-or-treating loot in a cocktail glass instead of a bag?  Metro has you covered!  Here are creepy cocktails to put a spooky spin on any party.

Bobbing for Apples Time Martini

Ingredients:
2 oz. Absolut vodka
2 oz. apple juice
½ oz. simple syrup
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 large green apple, peeled  and made into spheres with a melon baller
4 sprigs fresh thyme (for garnish, optional)

How to prepare:
Place vodka, syrup, apple juice and thyme into cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake it. Strain into cocktail glass; add three apple balls and garnish with thyme sprigs if you’d like.
—Created by Sara Legenhausen

Ghost Buster

Ingredients:
1¼ oz. Karma tequila
1 oz. fresh pear nectar
½ oz. homemade sweet and sour
¼ oz. H. Walker pear Schnapps
1 lime wedge (squeezed)
1 dash Amoretti pumpkin spice edible perfume

Garnish:
Bosc pear, hand-carved (see photo)
Cinnamon powder 
White sugar

How to prepare: In the mixing glass, pour Karma Tequila and pear nectar (make sure you are using pear nectar and not pear juice — otherwise your drink will be runny and flavorless instead of smooth and slick). Next, add the homemade sweet and sour (mix 16 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice with 16 ounces of simple syrup). Finish by adding the pear Schnapps, Amoretti and a squeeze of a lime wedge (plus the lime) in the mixing glass. Fill the shaker with ice, pour the mix from the mixing glass into the shaker and shake your Ghost Buster. Pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar, and then garnish with a carved pear.

—Created by Karma Tequila


The Witch’s Eye

Ingredients:
3-4 fresh grapes
1½ oz. Pisco
Sparkling sake
1 frozen whole grape (garnish)

How to prepare: Muddle the grapes; add in Pisco, and strain contents into flute glass. Top with sparkling sake and add a frozen whole grape as a garnish.
— Created by Zengo

Spider’s Kiss



Ingredients:

1 oz. Absolut vodka
1 oz. Midori liquor
½ oz. lemon syrup
Chocolate syrup
Grenadine
Chocolate covered orange for garnish (optional)

How to prepare
: Use chocolate syrup to draw a Web in the martini glass and chill. Mix all ingredients together and strain into glass. Drizzle Grenadine down the side of the glass for blood effect.

—Sabina and Lorraine Belkin

Smashing Pumpkin

Ingredients:
1½ oz. Svedka Vanilla
¾ oz. whole milk
¼ oz. simple sugar syrup
1 tsp. pumpkin pie syrup
¼ tbsp. fig jam

How to prepare: Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with ground nutmeg on top.  
— Created by 1OAK


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