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.Read More
11 Candy-Themed Cocktails to Sip on This Halloween Weekend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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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.
Marion Street Cheese Market
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.
Mindy's 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.
State and Lake Chicago Tavern
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.
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.