As the weather is cooling down, Manhattan’s cocktail scene is heating up. Warm up this fall and get in the Halloween spirit at some of the city’s swankiest bars with some of the season’s best libations.
Headless Horseman, TY Bar
Lose your head at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel New York’s TY Bar with the Headless Horseman, a cocktail showcasing local ingredients produced in New York. (Heck, even the name is inspired by the famous Sleepy Hollow story that takes place in the Hudson Valley.) The drink’s central ingredients — Captain Lawrence pumpkin ale, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Crown maple syrup and ginger gelato — are all produced in the Hudson Valley region. In fact, the bourbon is a special blend selected specifically for TY Bar by chef John Johnson from numerous barrels at the Tuthilltown Spirits distillery. The flavor profile captures the essence of the season and tastes like fall in a glass.
A Clockwork Orange, Dina Rata
If you find yourself downtown, head to Forbes Travel Guide Recommended’s ANdAZ Wall Street’s Dina Rata, which is serving up artisan fall cocktails like A Clockwork Orange, which is made with Bluepoint Pumpkin, Bulleit bourbon, Southern Comfort, maple syrup and lemon. Unwind in this sleek bar and restaurant that is simply pouring with old-school sensibilities. Dina Rata will prepare A Clockwork Orange and a full menu of handcrafted Halloween-inspired drinks made with house-made sodas and syrups through October 31.
Corpse Reviver and Slimer’s Revenge, Bar 54
Visit Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square New York, the highest rooftop lounge in the city. Sitting 54 stories high, it offers sweeping panoramic views and delicious cocktails by the renowned Julie Reiner. During Halloween week (October 24 to 31), imbibe the Corpse Reviver (a classic gin cocktail) or Slimer’s Revenge (a fruity and colorful homage to the Ghostbusters character) for a haunting take on the holiday. Bring your costume A-game on October 31 when the staff hosts a Polaroid contest for the best outfit — the winner will receive a complimentary night at the hotel.
The Autumn Moon, Triomphe
The mixology team at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Iroquois New York’s French-American restaurant, Triomphe, has rolled out a unique libation inspired by the cool, crisp fall air. The Autumn Moon is made with Laird’s 100-proof apple brandy, pumpkin puree, spicy ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice, and is served in a martini glass with cinnamon, clove and sugar rim. Put all those seasonal elements together and you have a cocktail that resembles a huge piece of candy corn. What could possibly be more fall than that?