In honor of Halloween, the Hotel Monteleone’s barkeeps devised a series of cocktails named for their permanent guests. One in particular caught our eye—Solemn John, named for a 192http://1b4 businessman from Tennessee who’s said to still wander the premises. It’s a creamy, whiskey-laced fall libation with a bit of pear liqueur and a touch of cinnamon. It works great with bourbon, or try it with rye for a little extra bite. Either way, it makes a perfect treat for a grown-up Halloween party, even if the only real spirits around are in your glass.


1 ¼ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Mathilde Pear Liqueur
¼ oz. simple syrup
3–4 oz. half and half
Dash of cinnamon

Place all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake until well chilled and blended. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass, and serve with a dusting of cinnamon.