Spooks and sips, Gaylord Palms mysterious Halloween cocktails

Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails at the Spookeasy, photo by Cristine Struble
Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails at the Spookeasy, photo by Cristine Struble /

With the Goblins and Giggles celebration back at the Gaylord Palms, the spookeasy has reopened its doors and lures guests with mysterious mocktails and harrowing Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails. While the shadows might hold a few ghouls lurking around the corners, these beverages are a reason to raise a toast to the bar program that is head and shoulders above the rest.

As the seasons change, Gaylord Palms re-imagines it specialty cocktails. As the summer of more fades, the spooky season takes over the conversation. Although the kids might be focused on the perfect Halloween costume and the overflowing bag of Halloween candy, the reality is that the adults are looking for another indulgence instead of pumpkin full of sugar.

Luckily, Nicole Cortes Rodriguez has yet again channeled her cocktail creativity for this year’s version of the Spookeasy. With a wide array of cocktails and mocktails, the adults and kids might skip another Reese’s peanut butter cup for one of these devilish drinking delights.

The variety of Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails and mocktails feature both favorite fall flavors and nuanced combinations. It is more than just a cinnamon stick garnish or a dash of pumpkin pie spice. These cocktails beg the drinker to sit a spell, enjoy a conversation with a ghostly apparition and remember what makes the Halloween season so mesmerizing.

Which Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails should you try first?

While last year’s spookeasy cocktails featured some color changing effects, these Halloween cocktails are more about creative garnishes that bring the ghoulish vibe. From skull ice molds to gummy worms, everyone will want to capture the moment before the cocktail disappears between the lips.

For the joker in the group, the Gin Reaper is a must try. With gummy worms on the rim and floating candy eyes, the cocktail is looking back with every raise of the glass. More importantly the combination of gin and Southern Comfort is quite intriguing. With some black cherry juice, the cocktail hits all the flavor notes, sweet, herbaceous, and quite complex. It beckons with its dark color and lures the drinker for another sip.

Since fall is often about all things pumpkin, the Pumpkin Spider Nest is the bourbon lover’s delight. While the pumpkin puree brings that classic fall flavor, the reality is the spice notes in this cocktail makes it special. From the hint of jalapeno to the lingering ginger that brings the warmth, it offers the courage to take brush away that spider and accept the tangled web that it weaved.

For drinkers who prefer some bubbles, the Witches’ Cauldron has conjured a wicked treat that leaves drinkers wanting more. With prosecco topping the tequila-based cocktail, the sense of sparkle has some allure. Even though the color is a little wicked, that witch’s finger is imploring drinkers to take that first sip. It won’t be the last.

Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails
Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails, photo by Cristine Struble /

Since a great cocktail program can inspire some at-home creativity, the Poisoned Apple might not be Snow White’s drink, but drinkers will not be able to take their eyes away from the glass. The ice skulls prove that a simple idea makes a great impression. Using themed ice molds is a simple way to take a regular cocktail and elevate it.

The Poisoned Apple combines Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, apple cider and a touch of pomegranate juice. With the addition of the pomegranate, the flavor isn’t too sweet. Even if you know that you shouldn’t take the bite of the apple, this cocktail makes you feel empowered that you did.

Lastly, the Gaylord Palms spookeasy features a couple mocktails, Worm Attack and Zombie Juice. These mocktails are visually engaging and offer flavors that both young and old will like. After all, the theme of this year’s Halloween event is Ghouls and Giggles. The Halloween season needs a little laughter mixed into the frights.

The Gaylord Palms spookeasy bar is open on Saturday evenings during the Giggles and Ghouls Halloween event. It is located inside the St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos. For more information, check with the hotel website for operating hours.

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Which Gaylord Palms Halloween cocktails have cast a spell on your spooky season? Do you enjoy a little mystery in your glass during the spooky season?