Boo! Brains, blood, bourbon and beer. Sounds like a perfect Halloween, yes? San Diegans know how to frighten up the holiday with spine-chilling zombie crawls, hair-raising haunted houses, and terrifying trail rides. Make your Halloween devilishly delicious with these spooky offerings from our finest mixologists and brewmasters in the city:
The Beast of Bourbon, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant: This creepy cocktail is the braaaain child of bar manager Kris Rizzato and is made with Rittenhouse rye, bourbon, Grand Poppy Liqueur, Alessio vermouth and whiskey bitters. Their “Hallow-Hour” will extend happy hour for one hour, and is now available from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note that from 6-7 p.m., the Hallow-Hour will apply to Halloween-themed drinks only, including the Beast of Bourbon, at $10; Alesmith Evil Dead Red, at $7; and Almanac Pumpkin Sour, at $17. For wine lovers, Hocus Pocus Syrah will also be available for $1 off per glass and $5 off the bottle.
Pumpkin Spice Slush, Park & Rec: A chilling concoction of spiced rum, pumpkin spice syrup, whole milk and sweetened condensed milk sure to get your bones rattling. Don’t miss their special pumpkin carving session on Oct. 29. Park & Rec will be serving up Pumpkin Spice Slush during the event at 7 p.m. The $25 ticket includes a pumpkin, carving utensils and one cocktail.
Ballast Point Canned Bloody Mary, 10 percent ABV: Let the “blood” run down your chin, with this perfect carry-along pairing to your zombie outfit. Blending Fugu vodka (named for a venomous fish) and their famous mix, it’s all brains and Bloody Mary’s here.
Alesmith Evil Dead Red, 6.66 percent ABV: Speaking of zombies, don’t miss my favorite craft beer of the season. “Deep blood-red in color” as described by Alesmith, this hop and malt masterpiece is a fitting tribute to Sam Raimi and classic zombie horror. Tip: Stock up, this supernatural sipper goes back in the graveyard until next year.
Aztec Noche de los Muertos, 10.2 percent ABV: For you Day of the Dead revelers, this imperial stout with cinnamon is dark as skull’s eyes and will bludgeon you with its ABV. A must have for dead parties and festivities, it’s sure to become an annual Halloween classic.
Council Brewing Pirate’s Breakfast, 8.1 percent ABV: Whether you are dressing up as Captain Hook or Jack Sparrow, start your arrrghrific Halloween with this delicious imperial oatmeal stout. Smooth body with notes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.
Stay safe this Halloween, and please don’t drink and drive. Boo!