Is Henry Street Taproom’s ‘Father Karras’ The Next Great Saratoga Cocktail?

The Downtown Saratoga hotspot gets ghoulish with its Halloween-themed Saratoga cocktail entry. 

(Dori Fitzpatrick)

With the fall already in full swing (and Halloween right around the corner!), local hotspot Henry Street Taproom is offering up its Exorcist-themed The Father Karras, its take on the “Next Great Saratoga Cocktail.”

Bar: Henry Street Taproom
Cocktail: The Father Karras
Mixologist: Drew Janik

The Father Karras was inspired by those Saratogians who don’t want to let go of the summer and need a drink strong enough to carry them into the fall—even through Halloween. The cocktail’s name pays homage to Father Damien Karras, one of the lead characters in William Peter Blatty’s classic horror novel—and Oscar-winning screenplay for—The Exorcist. Through this cocktail, help me help you exorcise your summer demons and settle into the fall.

The Father Karras

3oz. Se Busca Mezcal
2oz. Grapefruit juice
1oz. Simple syrup
1/2 tsp. Ghost pepper hot sauce
1/2 Jalapeño pepper

In a shaker, pour mezcal over ice and add grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Add a conservative 1/2 teaspoon of ghost pepper hot sauce. (You can always add more—but you can’t take it out!) Shake and pour into a tulip glass. Garnish with a chiffonade of jalapeños. Enjoy!


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