Halloween is one of the biggest parties of the year, so if you’re going to look easy, you might as well drink easy:
A classic cocktail with a painful name, Blood & Sand ($11) at The Atlas Room is cool and gritty with Famous Grouse Scotch whiskey, vermouth, Cherry Heering and fresh orange juice. Shaken and served with an orange zest. 1015 H Street NE, Washington, DC. 202.388.4020.
If your ears are ringing, it might be because Bull Dog Gin, dry and sweet vermouth, a dash of bitters and orange juice make up a powerful shot called “Satan’s Whisper” ($5) at Asia Nine. 915 E Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.629.4355.
On October 31, the devil is alive and well from 5:00-7:30 pm at J&G Steakhouse, with $5 El Diablos–Lunazul Silver tequila, crème de cassis and ginger beer, garnished with a lime wheel. 515 15th Street NW Washington, DC. 202.661.2440.
Bourbon Steak channels Pink Floyd with the Dark Side of the Moon ($14), a creamy blend of sweet Armagnac, Benedictine, dark crème de cacao and half-n-half. Four Seasons Hotel at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.944.2026.
On Halloween night, Restaurant Eve brings back the serial Dexter ($13) a tangy mix of blood oranges, tangelos, pomegranates, Molasses Averna, and 42 Below Vodka. 110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA. 703.706.0450.
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