While kids are all about eating their weight in Halloween candy, grownups prefer to sip on cocktails that taste like it. With the colder weather setting in, cocktails in the Philadelphia region have become a little more seasonal and a little more indulgent. From smoky concoctions to over-the-top pumpkin pie sweetness, here are our top picks for the best fall cocktails in and around town.
237 S. 18th St.
Does your after work cocktail need a dose of the dramatic and spooky? Keep it classy at Barclay Prime with the Manhattan Project. Made from Makers Mark Starr Private Select, Graham’s 30-year-old Tawny porto, plum bitters, smoked Amarena cherry, this Manhattan with a twist comes in a Martini glass.
120 S. 17th St.
If the cocktail bears the name of the establishment, you know it’s going to be good. Enjoy pear-infused vodka, lemon, St. Germain and sparkling wine with the Liberte cocktail at Liberte Lounge in the Sofitel Philadelphia. There’s even a fireplace where you can get extra cozy.
The Art Bar
The Great Pumpkin Martini
Who says you need to wait until Thanksgiving to have pumpkin pie? Sip on one at Art Bar, located inside of the Sonesta Philadelphia. Made with Absolut vanilla, pumpkin pie simple syrup, orange juice, ginger, cinnamon and topped with caramel sauce, your taste buds won’t believe you’re not eating a blended up slice of pumpkin pie.
Hard Rock Cafe
1113-31 Market St.
Mule Over Rosemary
Given that the weather is a bit unpredictable, it’s quite possible we’ll see more unseasonably warm weather this fall, which makes the Hard Rock Cafe’s Mule Over Rosemary a fantastic find. Made with Hendricks gin, lime juice, watermelon puree, rosemary sprig and ginger beer, its emphasis on herbs combined with a little taste of summer watermelon, gives cocktail lovers the best of both worlds.
Continental Atlantic City
1 Atlantic Ocean
Another Manhattan-styled cocktail with fall flare is the Nucky’s Manhattan at Continental (located at Caesar’s) in Atlantic City. Highwest double rye, vino amaro, ruby port and cherry bark vanilla bitters combine to give off an aroma of cocoa and almonds. There’s no better way to warm up from a walk along the beach.
Tango’s Atlantic City
Did someone say chocolate in a cocktail? Sign us up! Sip your calories in style with the Chocolate Raspberr-tini at Tango’s in the Tropicana. It’s made with vanilla vodka, dark chocolate godiva liqueur, Chambord and half & half in a glass covered in chocolate swirls and fresh raspberries.