As a tyke, pre-packaged and store-bought Halloween costumes were banned from my home. While the coolest girls in grade 6 were clad as pink Power Rangers and off begging for candy, I was waddling between houses in a cardboard box fashioned as a TV, or tottering behind my mom’s car as an unwieldy Christmas tree (OK, that was last year). With the exception of the time in college when I was cajoled into dressing as a sexy lighthouse, Halloween has always been about fostering ingenuity.
In keeping with the Halloween tradition of invention, I called upon Jasper Soffee, the lead mixologist at NYC’s Mulberry Project, which is the “it” bar for bespoke, creative cocktails. Bartenders at the Mulberry Project use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to tailor-make drinks for each guest. Essentially, they’re the antidote to the vodka soda (with all due-respect to my gateway drink). For a Hallo-weekend beverage worthy of your bunnies and goblins, Soffee recommends the Jackalope, which combines pumpkin and tequila (yes, tequila). Suspicious? Step out of the shrink-wrapped kitty costume and sip on something a little more daring.
To make the Jackalope, combine 2 ounces of tequila (Soffee recommends Don Julio or Herradura), one ounce of fresh pumpkin, a bar spoon of allspice, a squeeze of lemon, a touch of simple syrup, a pinch of bitters, and an egg white to smoothe out the flavors. Shake it all together and pour. Soffee adds crumbled shortbread to the rim of the glass for a bit of flair, but if you don’t have that handy, graham crackers will do the trick. Happy haunting!