Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and drink bubble? Halloween is here and, with it, cocktails that will help you celebrate the spooky, scary side of the famed day. Two particular bars are whipping up macabre concoctions: Bar Du Mon Ami in Alamo Heights, and Piatti at the Eilan Market.
The Dark Arts, the featured cocktail from Bar Du Mon Ami, is a spin on the gimlet. The drink was created by bartender Rachel Mong, who combined gin, lime juice, simple syrup, black dye and edible glitter to make a shiny, black magic tipple perfect for slamming back or sipping — your choice. Mong takes a simple, tart, already well-balanced cocktail (the reason the gimlet is a classic), and adds a fun spin on it. The Dark Arts is available at Bar Du Mon Ami through Halloween or as long as supplies last. Though you could always resort to using a little bit of activated charcoal at home to recreate the same effect.
Piatti’s cocktail, the Count Daiqula, is a combination of silver rum, lime, simple, aquafaba (a vegan-friendly egg white substitute), orange bitters and Peychaud’s bitters. This themed drink was created by bar manager Matthew Collett who says, “I typically come up with a cool or fun seasonal name first, then the recipe grows from that.” The seasonal cocktail this time around is a variation of a sour and a daiquiri. These creations are only available for a short time, though, so make sure you make the trip. The Count Daiqula will be available at the Eilan location through Halloween night.
No matter whether you are in the Alamo Heights area or up north near La Cantera and the Rim, there is a spooky libation out there for you to enjoy. Both the Dark Arts from Mon Ami and the Count Daiqula from Piatti will run you $10 a piece.
Erin Winch writes about boozin’ in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow @drinking.in.SA on Instagram to keep up with the SA drink scene.
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