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Spirits of Halloween: 4 scary good cocktails around NYC

Halloween is a gift for grown-ups as much as kids, with a thousand ways to get into the holiday. We rounded up some of the most hair-raising creations from bartenders around the city that are sure to get your blood pumping.

Green Ghost
Eben Klemm,W New York – Downtown

This pale green mix of white tequila, chartreuse and absinthe will chill you with each sip. Hang in there — the cocktail also gets a creamy note of chocolate at the end to bring you back to life.

The Girl with the Mermaid Hair
Niccole Trzaska,The Liberty

The “mermaid hair” is actually cotton candy, but that doesn't detract from this Ursula-worthy cocktail of coconut rum, butterscotch schnapps and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Haunted Hacienda
John Henderson,Roof at Park South

This is the Jekyll and Hyde of cocktails: As it melts, the Campari skull cube transforms this Pisco Porton riff on a Manhattan into a Negroni.

Potion de Muerto
Christian Sanders,EvelynDrinkery

This cocktail looks so creepy, it might get you the side-eye from fellow patrons. Hornitos Black Barrel tequila brings the fun; beet juice brings the spook factor. The Potion is not on the regular bar menu, but ask for it from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31. Or make it for yourself:

Ingredients:

2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel tequila
3/4 part orange juice
3/4 part lemon juice
3/4 part chipotle agave or agave nectar
2 dashes orange bitters
1/2 part beet juice

Directions:

Serve in a tall glass over crushed ice with a beet juice float – the beet juice will slowly float down the glass through the crushed ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

 
 
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