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The Taffy Appletini at Hot Chocolate
The Taffy Appletini at Hot Chocolate
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11 Candy-Themed Cocktails to Sip on This Halloween Weekend

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The Taffy Appletini at Hot Chocolate
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Halloween trick-or-treating isn't just for kids. Candy-loving adults are in luck, as Chicago restaurants and bars are mixing up plenty of adult beverages to satisfy that insatiable sweet tooth. Odds are you'll end the evening with more than just a sugar buzz after trying these 11. Presented in alphabetical order.

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1. 25 Degrees

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736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-9700
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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned milkshake? A spiked milkshake is even better. The "Salty Carmel Milkshake" [$12] is a decadent way to celebrate Halloween this season. A combination of ice cream, Maker’s Mark and butterscotch, topped with whipped cream and Hawaiian red sea salt.

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2. 312 Chicago

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171 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 696-2420
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Inspired by a popular Halloween treat, the "Mounds Over Apennine" [$13] is a mix of Lustau Oloroso Sherry, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, Bicerin chocolate liqueur and Amaro Averna.

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3. Bernard's Bar

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11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 646-1300
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Keep on sucking while sipping on a grown up version of one of America’s favorite candies, Jolly Rancher. The "Sweet Sucker Sipper" [$14] is a fruity vodka cocktail with Lillet Rouge, Luxardo cherry liquor, lemon cordial and a giant ice cube infused with a Jolly Rancher.

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4. C Chicago

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20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-8882
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With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time for a hot beverage. Sommelier Tony Rossi created the "Apple Cannon" [$14], a take on a Calydos Toddy using local brandy from Rhine Hall Distillery, cider from Jonamac Apple Orchard and a house made apple syrup.

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5. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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Have an insatiable pumpkin craving? Chop Shop’s "Pumpkin Head Cocktail" [$12] will do the trick. Tito's vanilla vodka, Frangelico, house made fall syrup, Bols pumpkin, Bols yogurt, pumpkin purée, and a flamed marshmallow garnish. Marshmallows are basically candy, right?

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6. Elixir Lounge

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1509 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 975-9244
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Get your trick and treat fix with Elixir’s cotton candy martini [$10] Ford's London Dry Gin, St. George Raspberry, lemon and vanilla poured over cotton candy.

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7. M Lounge

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1520 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 447-0201
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Piggy backing on the drunken gummy bear trend, The Yummy Bear Martini [$10] is a great way to get an intoxicating sugar fix. Pear vodka swirled with Peach Schnapps, peach and a touch of grenadine and you guessed it, gummy bears, make up this sweet concoction.

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8. Marion Street Cheese Market

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100 S Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-7200
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Oak Park is getting in on the candied cocktail action with their "Pumpkin Thriller Cocktail" [$9] featuring a house-made candied pepita garnish, pumpkin puree, honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and Angostura 7 yr. aged rum, topped with a splash of ginger beer. It’s fall in a glass.

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9. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

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1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1747
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Remember those giant taffy apples you used to eat as a kid? Now you can drink a boozy version created by Mindy Segal’s head bartender, Mike Anthony. His "Taffy Appletini" [$10] combines Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey with Mindy’s caramel sauce, house made apple shrub and hazelnut liqueur.

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10. State and Lake Chicago Tavern

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201 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601

This weekend, sample a craft beer flight featuring “witches brews” from Revolution, paired with your favorite “goblin treats” for $10. Pairing #1 Cross of Gold Golden Ale and Butterfinger, Pairing #2 Coup D’Etat Saison and Starburst, Pairing #3 Double Fist Pale Ale with Hot Tamales, Pairing #4 Eugene Porter with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.

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11. Yard House

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1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 951-7317
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Shaken or stirred, the Sweet Tart Martini [$10.95] at New City’s Yard House will transport you right back to your youth, and possibly leave you with that same blue tongue. Svedka raspberry vodka, Dekuyper sour apple pucker & island punch and citrus agave.

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1. 25 Degrees

736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned milkshake? A spiked milkshake is even better. The "Salty Carmel Milkshake" [$12] is a decadent way to celebrate Halloween this season. A combination of ice cream, Maker’s Mark and butterscotch, topped with whipped cream and Hawaiian red sea salt.

736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. 312 Chicago

171 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Inspired by a popular Halloween treat, the "Mounds Over Apennine" [$13] is a mix of Lustau Oloroso Sherry, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, Bicerin chocolate liqueur and Amaro Averna.

171 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

3. Bernard's Bar

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
Courtesy of Bernard's Bar

Keep on sucking while sipping on a grown up version of one of America’s favorite candies, Jolly Rancher. The "Sweet Sucker Sipper" [$14] is a fruity vodka cocktail with Lillet Rouge, Luxardo cherry liquor, lemon cordial and a giant ice cube infused with a Jolly Rancher.

11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. C Chicago

20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time for a hot beverage. Sommelier Tony Rossi created the "Apple Cannon" [$14], a take on a Calydos Toddy using local brandy from Rhine Hall Distillery, cider from Jonamac Apple Orchard and a house made apple syrup.

20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Dan De Los Monteros

Have an insatiable pumpkin craving? Chop Shop’s "Pumpkin Head Cocktail" [$12] will do the trick. Tito's vanilla vodka, Frangelico, house made fall syrup, Bols pumpkin, Bols yogurt, pumpkin purée, and a flamed marshmallow garnish. Marshmallows are basically candy, right?

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Elixir Lounge

1509 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
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Get your trick and treat fix with Elixir’s cotton candy martini [$10] Ford's London Dry Gin, St. George Raspberry, lemon and vanilla poured over cotton candy.

1509 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

7. M Lounge

1520 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Courtesy of M Lounge

Piggy backing on the drunken gummy bear trend, The Yummy Bear Martini [$10] is a great way to get an intoxicating sugar fix. Pear vodka swirled with Peach Schnapps, peach and a touch of grenadine and you guessed it, gummy bears, make up this sweet concoction.

1520 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

8. Marion Street Cheese Market

100 S Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Oak Park is getting in on the candied cocktail action with their "Pumpkin Thriller Cocktail" [$9] featuring a house-made candied pepita garnish, pumpkin puree, honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and Angostura 7 yr. aged rum, topped with a splash of ginger beer. It’s fall in a glass.

100 S Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60302

9. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Courtesy of Hot Chocolate

Remember those giant taffy apples you used to eat as a kid? Now you can drink a boozy version created by Mindy Segal’s head bartender, Mike Anthony. His "Taffy Appletini" [$10] combines Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey with Mindy’s caramel sauce, house made apple shrub and hazelnut liqueur.

1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. State and Lake Chicago Tavern

201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
Courtesy of State and Lake

This weekend, sample a craft beer flight featuring “witches brews” from Revolution, paired with your favorite “goblin treats” for $10. Pairing #1 Cross of Gold Golden Ale and Butterfinger, Pairing #2 Coup D’Etat Saison and Starburst, Pairing #3 Double Fist Pale Ale with Hot Tamales, Pairing #4 Eugene Porter with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.

201 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601

11. Yard House

1500 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Courtesy of Yard House

Shaken or stirred, the Sweet Tart Martini [$10.95] at New City’s Yard House will transport you right back to your youth, and possibly leave you with that same blue tongue. Svedka raspberry vodka, Dekuyper sour apple pucker & island punch and citrus agave.

1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

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