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    Hey, Barkeep: Halloween drink concoctions

    Alex Guyton

    At Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company, the resident skeleton’s eyeballs are falling out of his head after enjoying a candy corn Jell-O shot and a pumpkin spice shot on Thursday.

    If you feel you’ve outgrown Halloween over the years, the holiday may yet come back to life if you’re old enough to enjoy Tucson’s expansive bar scene. Here are some creepy concoctions at some local haunts to make your Halloween scary good.

    Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company — This hotspot on University Boulevard will be adding some buzz to two Halloween classics: candy corn and pumpkin spice. Even if you feel you’ve outgrown actual candy corn, give the candy corn shot, a layered Jell-O shot made with Smirnoff Iced Cake vodka, a try. Dump your Starbucks for a pumpkin spice shot, which is your typical blow job shot (Kahlúa and Bailey’s) topped with pumpkin spice whipped cream.

    The Castalian Spring at Espresso Art Cafe — The bar, tucked away inside the quaint cafe on University Boulevard will be serving up the ominous Dark and Stormy, a mixture of ginger beer and Gosling’s dark rum. It will also be holding its third annual Halloween party starting at 8 p.m., so come dressed as your favorite television show character and enjoy some cocktails and caramel apples.

    Elliott’s on Congress — The downtown vodka bar has distilled a quintessential fall dessert into vodka. Pumpkin-pie-infused vodka means your white russian can be a pumpkin russian, or your standard martini can have a pumpkin pie twist. Finally, there’s the mouthful of the Pumpkinpinderaser, a portmanteau of “pumpkin pie” and “mind eraser.” It is a combination of pumpkin pie vodka, Kahlúa and soda water. As one employee said, “You get two straws and suck it down as quickly as you can.”

    Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails — Hi Fi’s Vegas club atmosphere will transform into a sinister dollhouse for the “Night of the Living Dolls” party at 10 p.m. Staff members will shed their standard uniforms and become creepy dolls. On the menu are Jell-O shots with gummy eyeballs staring up at you, along with a Witches Brew Cocktail — a rum cocktail crafted from coconut rum, a variety of juices and a dark rum float.

    Hotel Congress — Resident mixologist David Clark and his bartenders sat down with a Sailor Jerry rep to create not one, not two, but five distinct rum-based drinks for Halloween. The Blood Orange Daiquiri is a classic rum daiquiri with blood orange simple syrup. Black Seas is a take on the Dark and Stormy, and the Phantom Chai is an enticing combination of rum, chai, half-and-half, simple syrup and cherry bitters. There will be a Hurricane shot styled after the New Orleans staple. The final cocktail of the five is the Sailor’s Punch, a typical rum punch made with velvet falernum. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with two stages of music and costume contests.


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