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Cocktails for Your Halloween Bash

Firewater cocktailHalloween’s just around the corner and, if you’re planning a Halloween party, you can take it up a notch with some ‘spooky’ cocktails, courtesy of Libertine, downtown Miami’s newest watering hole.

With an interior harkening back to the glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London, Libertine features eclectic décor like a floor covered in thousands of pennies, easy leather sofas a DJ booth fashioned from a repurposed Baby Grand piano, and an expansive cocktail bar featuring a comprehensive mixology program. You enter Libertine through a long access shaft that feels purposefully hidden, lined in vintage chicken wire, glass and raw steel columns. Turn the corner and behold Libertine – tucked away, dim and at the same time decadent.

Libertine’s bar runs the gamut, from shots and beers, to full-scale mixology and specialty cocktails. Prohibition style cocktails range from The Libertine (Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Elderflower Liqueur, bitters, Cognac) to Firewater (Grey Goose vodka, Bacardi Superior rum, grenadine, sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice), to a barrel of authentic Libertine Moonshine that sits behind the bar.

Here’s a sampling of some of Libertine’s artisan cocktails you can make for the goblins and ghosts who show up at your Halloween celebration.

Recipes and photos courtesy Libertine.

Firewater cocktailFirewater

1 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

1 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum

1 oz. Grenadine
1 tbl. Spoon of sugar

1 oz. Freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange

Directions: Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ maraschino cherries, sliced orange, lemon and lime rounds.

The Libertine

Miami's Libertine evokes the old mystery of a speak-easy.

Miami’s Libertine evokes the old mystery of a speak-easy.

0.75oz. Bulleit Rye

0.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth

0.25 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

1 dash bitters

0.25 oz. Cognac

Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ lemon twist.



Libertine’s Moonshine cocktail features the fresh taste of peaches.

Libertine Moonshine

This one’s an easy crowd pleaser.

1 btl Moonshine

1lb Sugar

106 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches

Mix 1 bottle of Moonshine, 1lb of sugar and 106 oz of Del Monte Sliced Beaches into barrel. Mix. Pour contents into mason jars w/ ice and garnish with a sliced peach.

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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at