To turn an ordinary martini into a dessert-like drink perfect for Halloween, Bart and Urby’s bar manager Carl Achhammer said, he uses creme de cacao liqueur, pumpkin vodka and a dollop of whipped cream on top.
What, no pumpkin puree?
“Actually, pumpkin itself doesn’t have a lot of flavor,” he said, explaining the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg that you put into a pumpkin pie help give it its distinctive taste.
The pumpkin-pie-flavored vodka gives the drink an autumnal appeal as does the mix of sugar and spices Achhammer uses to rim the martini glass. For added Halloween flair at Bart and Urby’s this month, the downtown Wilkes-Barre restaurant might even serve you a drink with a zombie eye glaring at you from the glass.
“I think we’ll call that a zombie-tini,” co-owner Brian Urbanas said.
In honor of the scary season, Bart and Urby’s will be the meeting place Saturday for a Zombie Pub Crawl of downtown Wilkes-Barre. From 6:30 to 7 p.m, zombie fans are invited to meet at Bart and Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., and then crawl, run or stagger haltingly as the case may be to Senunas’ on North Main by 7:30 p.m. and on to Rodano’s on Public Square by 8:30 p.m. Each establishment offers beer and drink specials, and the “afterlife party” will start at 9:30 p.m. back at Bart and Urby’s, with music and prizes for best zombie costumes.
Achhammer, the organizer, asks for a $5 donation to benefit the SPCA of Luzerne County.
And, customers are invited to come back in costume on Nov. 1 for Bart and Urby’s Halloween party.
Here are the ingredients Achhammer puts into a zombie-tini, and they are shaken, not stirred, so James Bond should approve.
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1.5 ounces pumpkin pie-flavored vodka
1.5 ounces creme de cacao liqueur
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
splash of milk
Shake the ingredients in a cocktail mixer over ice until outside of mixer turns cold. Strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with spices and sugar. Add whipped cream to top, just as you would put on a piece of pie. Zombie eyeball is optional.