The Hudson Valley Sips We’ll Be Seeking This Halloween

The Hudson Valley's spooktacular craft beverages give new meaning to the notion of a spirit guide during the region's most haunted season.

Trick or treat? How about both? Leave the candy to the kids and spoil yourself rotten with these sense-beguiling area spirits. (And if you want to tuck away some candy corn for later, we won’t judge you either.) Whether you sip them in cocktails or savor them straight, you’ll love toasting to the spooky season with these drinks once Halloween arrives.

Stoutridge Distillery & Winery: RYEmpire

Stoutridge’s RYEmpire, a straight rye whiskey, is all about local flavor from the Hudson Valley. While not exactly spooky, this traditional rye produced in Ulster County is deceptively delicious, thanks to a unique aging process that occurs in Hudson Valley-grown white oak barrels for a minimum of three years. It has wonderful notes of cinnamon spice, making it the perfect grown-up alternative to the much-hyped #PSL.

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Albany Distilling Company: Awakened Spirit Vodka

Consider this your ultimate Halloween sip in the Hudson Valley. Distillers at ALB blend Death Wish cold brew coffee — one of the strongest on the market, and headquartered up in Saratoga Springs — with their signature vodka for a seriously unique libation. Just as the spooktacular name of the drink implies, this stuff is strong enough to jolt you out of any ghoulish state.

 

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Harvest Spirits: Cornelius Applejack

The method used to produce this applejack is just short of pure magic — curious, considering the drink emerged during a period of history in which witchy ways were hunted down. To make this Halloween-ready sip, the folks at Harvest Spirits distill their fermented cider twice, then age it for five years in American oak ex-bourbon casks. The result is wicked good: apple-tasting with a hint of vanilla and a clean, spiced finish. It’s just as wonderful on its own as it is mixed into a cocktail.

Related: 3 Delicious Cocktails to Start Your Fall Off Right

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