Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Serve It Up Tuesday: Spooky Halloween Drinks

Whether you’re throwing a big bash with all your friends this Halloween, or just spending it with your family, these spooky drink tricks will be a fun treat!

Make It Glow!
Photo courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Add tonic water to your beverages so they’ll glow under the black light!  Simple cocktails like gin or vodka tonics are perfect for this, or for a twist on this traditional drink, try one of these versions, instead:

The Ghost:  Blue Curacao and tonic

Bleeditini:  Vodka, grenadine, lemon juice and tonic

Gravedigger:  Vodka, Kahlua and tonic

For a kid-friendly version, try substituting about a third to half of the water called for in powdered or frozen drink mixes to make them glow, like they did over at ourbestbites.com.  Keep in mind that tonic water does have a bitter taste, so you may want to experiment with the amount you add to make sure you still like the taste in the end.

Add Some Blood!

For a fun twist on any drink, just add blood!  Ew, not your own blood!  Try this instead:

Mix three tablespoons of corn syrup with ¼ teaspoon of red food coloring, or enough to get that “freshly drawn” color.  Dip the rim of each cocktail glass into the mixture, and slowly spin the glass to coat it.  Turn the glass upright and the blood will begin to drip slightly, then set.  The best part is that this trick works on cocktails AND mocktails, so you can use this one for the underage crowd.  Even something as simple as lemon-lime soda will look more creepy if the glass it’s served in is dripping blood.

Play with Color!

There are so many ways color can make your cocktails, but here are just a few examples:

Add Midori or Apple Pucker liqueurs for a green concoction worthy of being called a Witches Brew.

Red sangria is a quick and easy drink that you can make ahead of time, but you can still give it a creepy name… a glass of Organ Donor, anyone?

Black gin and black vodka are a fabulous twist on the traditional.  Cocktails made with these darkened spirits can be served up as Black Magic Martinis.



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