Ten Tasty Halloween Cocktails

From spooky sippers to the wildly eccentric batch potions

For a night of spooks, intrigue and costumes, there’s nothing better than out-of-the-ordinary cocktails. The following 10 appeal to our palates, keep us visually pleased and all contain a little of the unexpected. Some are easier to make than others, but all of them are worth the time and effort whether you’re entertaining a large group, or just someone close. And while you’ll only find …

Wood-Fired Cocktails from Portland’s Trifecta Tavern

A combination of old and new kitchen technology infuses spirits with smoked flavors and charred ingredients

by Adrienne So Barrel-aged cocktails have quickly become a staple at higher-end cocktail bars. The practice rounds off the hot edge of the alcohol, enriches the cocktail’s flavor and infuses it with the aroma of charred wood. However, it’s difficult to keep adequate supplies of each cocktail on hand and coordinate with seasonal menus, especially when most have to be aged so far in advance. …

Tales of the Cocktail 2015

Our favorite drinks from this year's New Orleans extravaganza, from peppercorn-infused vodka to champagne and gin punch

As far as trade shows go, there’s really nothing quite like Tales of the Cocktail—a week long meetup of almost every major spirits brand internationally. The annual affair takes place in the sweltering summer sun of New Orleans and hydration is the key to survival. But there, one will find the world’s best bartenders concocting truly one-of-a-kind mixed drinks. The following selections, all but one …