Cocktails to Celebrate the Spirits, Ghosts & Goblins this Day of the Dead

Since we’ll be celebrating all things spooky until the Day of the Dead, we thought we’d share a few more cocktails to celebrate the spirits, ghosts & goblins this Day of the Dead (and of course our birthday), from some of our favorite spirits, like Basil Hayden, Cruzan Rum, DeLeon Tequila, and Milagro Tequila. What good is celebrating the day of the dead without an ongoing supply of delicious cocktails to enjoy. So please open u your home bars and whip u a few or all of these delicioou cocktails.

Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

(Created by Larry Piaskowy San Francisco, CA)
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2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar
¾ part Pumpkin Puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Cruzan® Dark as Night

Cruzan Dark as Night

1 part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
1/4 part Falernum Syrup
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
6 parts Cider
Combine Black Strap, falernum syrup and fresh lime juice in a mixing glass. Pour cider into a rocks glass and slowly float mixture over top of the cider. Finish with fresh grated nutmeg and a lime or orange peel.

Cruzan® Dead Man’s Mai Tai


1 part Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
1/2 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
1 1/2 part Fresh Sour Mix
1/4 part Orgeat Syrup
Dash of Orange Bitters
Float of Cruzan® Black Strap Rum + Lime Squeeze
Combine the Aged Light Rum, Mango Rum, triple sec, fresh sour, orgeat syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into iced 14 oz glass. Top with a lime squeeze and a float of Black Strap Rum and garnish with a cherry.

Evil Vibrations

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1.5 oz DeLeon™ Platinum Tequila
.5oz Lime Juice
1oz Grapefruit Juice
.75oz Honey Syrup
Muddle ingredients in martini shaker. Strain into collins glass over ice. Garnish with Lime Wedge. Serve in a Collins glass

The Devil’s Beso

Devils Beso_White

1.5 oz DeLeon™ Platinum Tequila
.75oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Simple Syrup
Dry shake ingredients in a martini glass. Add ice, shake. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Float red wine on top. Garnish with Orange Wedge. Serve in a Rocks glass

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
¾ part agave nectar
¾ part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with orange and lime wheels.

Paloma Negra


2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Ruby Red Grapefruit (FRESH)
0.75 part Agave Nectar
0.5 part Fresh Lime Juice
1 Capsule Activated Charcoal
Top with 3 parts Club Soda
Garnish with Grapefruit Peel & Charcoal and kosher salt rim



Trick or Drinks: Celebrating Halloween with Fun Cocktails

This is our favorite time of the year, and not just because our birthday is merely two days away….okay, maybe a little. We also love this time because we get to indulge in trying out creative Halloween cocktails. While we usually get to do this at home, we had the pleasure of enjoying two days of Halloween cocktail goodness with the wonderful Bar 52, located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Times Square Hotel, and Dina Rata Bar & Bistro at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel. Surrounded by wonderful city views and perfect mood lighting, we jumped right into celebrating Halloween with fun cocktails.

Bar 52 at the Hyatt Times Square Hotel

With the NYC skyline as in the background at the tallest rooftop in NYC, we enjoyed a wonderful assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres and the following must-have cocktails- Slimer’s Revenge, The Corpse Reviver, and The Doctors Note. we’re usually very careful not to partake in too many Gin based cocktails, but we fell in love ith The Corpse Reviver and couldn’t help wanting more. Our second favorite was The Doctor’s Note, a cocktail we recommend for everyone. These Halloween concoctions were the perfect start to our tasting adventure. Get to know these amazing cocktails and stop by Bar 52 to indulge.

Slimer’s Revenge

Slimers Revenge
1.25oz Chartruse Green
.5oz Falernum
1oz Pineapple
.75 Lime
Splash Blue Curacao
Shaken and fine strained over crushed ice. Served in a pilsner glass with a burnt lemon half.

Corpse Reviver 

Corpse Reviver
1oz Gin
1oz Lilet
1oz Cointreau
1oz Lemon
Splash Absinth
Shaken. Served in a coupe with 2 cherries.

Doctor’s Note

The Doctor's Note
1.5 Jameson
.5 Dem Syrup
1Ž2 Egg White
.75 Lemon
Bar Spoon Maple Syrup
Muddled clove and sage
Shaken and strained over cold draft ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with sage.

Dina Rata at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel

Nestled in the hustle and money-making bustle of Wall Street, we couldn’t wait to begin our second round of Halloween cocktail fun at the Dina Rata Bar & Bistro, located at Andaz Wall Street. On this night, we were treated to the Van Gogh, A Clockwork Orange, and Horny Devil (a fourth cocktail, The Redeye, is not pictured). Out of the three drinks we sampled, we loved the Van Gogh the most. This bright-hued drink, which reminded us of  the colors from The Day of the Dead, had a delightfully sweet taste that made it go down pretty quickly (making it a dangerously delicious cocktail….we highly recommend it). feast you eyes and hopefully tastebuds, on the cocktails below:

Van Gogh
Spray of Pernod Absinth
2 oz Kettle One
Blue Curacao
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 Orange Juice
2 oz Lime

A Clockwork Orange
Blue Point Pumpkin Ale
1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Southern Comfort
0.25 oz maple syrup
0.75 oz lemon

Horny Devil
2 oz Hendricks Gin
0.5 oz Aperol
0.75 oz Lemon
1 oz Blood orange juice
Garnish with baby chilis

Additionally, if you’re celebrating Halloween around Times Square, the HYATT Times Square invites you to enter their Halloween Costume Contest. On Saturday, October 31, Bar 54 team will choose the most creative costume from the night’s revelers, with the winner receiving a complimentary night at the famed hotel, to be redeemed at a later date of their choosing. we had a great time at both locations and look forward to returning for more more cocktail fun. Happy Halloween!