Mixed Drinks for the Spooky Season


Halloween is right around the corner and there’s plenty of “boos” and cocktails that you can enjoy to celebrate all October long! Some of our favorite restaurants are willing to share their favorite mixed drinks with Men’s Best Guide . Let us know if you use these great formulas to put your party over the top:



1121 E. Washington Street in the Copper & Kings distillery

The Corpse Reviver cocktail originated in the 1930s and Copper & Kings is the only distillery that produces all three base spirits used in the traditional variations. Or, try a darker spin on the margarita that’s smoky, easy to drink and will keep you awake to watch out for clowns and chainsaws thanks to coffee liqueur. 

Corpse Reviver No. 1

1 oz Copper & Kings Floodwall American Apple Brandy

1 oz Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy

1 oz sweet vermouth

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled coupe.


Corpse Reviver No. 2

1 oz Copper & Kings American Dry Gin

1 oz Destillare Orange Curaco

1 oz Lillet Blanc

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 dash Copper & Kings Blanche absinthe

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.


Savoy Corpse Reviver

1 oz Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy

1 oz Fernet Branca

1 oz white Crème de Menthe

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.





Margarita Negra

1 oz Copper & Kings Destillaré Café

1 oz Mezcal

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

3/4 oz Mexican Coca-Cola syrup reduction

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with spicy, salted, brandied cherry. (Make the syrup by bringing a bottle of Mexican Coca-Cola to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium and let simmer for 20-25 minutes.)


Pizza LUPO

1540 Frankfort Ave.

Pizza Lupo is one of our favorites!

Sip on a New FANGled while you’re pasing out candy. Pizza LUPO’s Italian-focused bar features more than 35 amaro selections, so it’s no surprise this Old Fashioned riff incorporates Cynar 70 with notes of savory herbs and caramel. 


New FANGled

1.5 oz Old Forester Signature

1/2 oz Cynar 70

2 dashes angostura bitters

Stir all ingredients together, strain into a tumbler with rocks and garnish with an orange peel.


Bourbon Women Association

Mixologist Heather Wibbels takes the Manhattan in a spooky direction with The Dark Side, incorporating another bitter amaro with some autumnal bitters. 


The Dark Side

2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey (95-110 proof)

1/4 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

3/4 oz Amaro Averna

8 drops Woodford’s Sorghum and Sassafras bitters

4 drops Bittermans Elamakule Tiki bitters

Lemon peel and cocktail cherry, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry (or two) and a lemon peel.



Beverage manager Davy Butterworth combines rye and rum with a citrusy syrup recipe for a spicy, sweet and spooky concoction perfect for frightful occasions.


Red Rum

1 oz Ron Zacapa

.5 oz Rittenhouse House Rye

.75 oz lemon juice

.5 oz Averna amaro

.5 oz house-made orange Demerara syrup

Directions: combine all ingredients and shake. Serve straight up in a glass of your choice.


*Syrup Recipe

1 cup hot water

2 cups Demerara sugar

1 orange

Zest the skin off the orange and combine it with sugar and water. Cook on the stove for 15 minutes. Let cool and store in the fridge.


Firefly Spirits

The spirits are among us and the Firefly Spirits Pumpkin Spice Latte is no exception! Spice up your pumpkin latte with a sweet tea twist you won’t want to miss.

Pumpkin Spiked Latte:

1 cup English Breakfast tea
1 tbsp. pumpkin syrup
1.5 oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
Milk or cream
Whipped cream

Brew the tea. Add pumpkin syrup, Firefly vodka and milk to the mug. Top with whipped cream.