Wed 11/2 – 4-9 PM – $5 special on single pour of ginger brandy or wild cherry – both a pleasant blend of not too sweet nor syrupy with the ginger being delicate and full of ginger flavor and the wild cherry having a nice cherry flavor while not having that “cough syrup” after taste. You will not be disappointed with either selection.
Thurs 11/3 – 4-9 PM – Halloween specials – wear your “after halloween” suit and share our “ghoulish” dry-ice-stirrer that conjures up visions of a witches’ brew. Best costume wins a free cocktail! Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (sow-in) celebrated on their new year of November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, & gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins. The celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems; although it was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. Halloween parties that focused on games, foods and festive costumes for children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide Halloween parties as the featured entertainment. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. Thus, a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
Jack O-lantern – Camus Cognac, Cointreau, orange juice, ginger ale topper; Blood and Sand – Calvados, Cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, orange juice; Vampire Kiss – CB Frost, Chambord, Champagne topper; Skeleton Key – C & K Brandy, St Germaine elderberry liqueur, lemon juice, ginger beer, bitters; Ghost Buster Martini – Peach brandy, Melon liqueur, kalua; 1/2 worldly flight.