Ghoul Aid Punch
Perhaps the best part of this recipe for kids is the face of ice floating in it!
What you need: For the face, gather a Halloween mask, duct tape and plastic wrap. The punch starts with syrup of ½ cup sugar, zest of an orange, 6 cloves and a cinnamon stick, which you combine with a quart of cranberry juice, 25.4 oz. bottle of sparkling cider and a liter of club soda.
What to do: Seal the eyes and any other holes in the mask with duct tape. Line the inside with plastic wrap, add water and freeze it overnight.
Cook the syrup by combining ½ cup water with the sugar in a saucepan. Add orange zest, cloves and cinnamon stick. Stir to help the sugar dissolve while heating; at a boil, remove it from the heat and let cool at least five minutes. Strain out the solids and chill the syrup thoroughly.
For presentation, combine syrup, cranberry juice, cider and club soda in a punch bowl. Release the ice from the mask and gently float it face up in the punch.
We’ve unearthed a frightfully indulgent ice cream-and-coffee cocktail for you. Halloween only comes once a year, right?
What you need: It will take 2 cups vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup vodka, ¼ cup brewed espresso, and 24 ounces (usually 2 bottles) of an oatmeal stout to conjure up 4 of these delicious drinks.
What to do: Place ½ cup ice cream in each of 4 tall glasses or float mug favors. Add 1 tablespoon of the vodka and espresso to each glass, and finish by carefully pouring 6 ounces of stout over each top.
Speaking of Cauldrons
Create a “mist” to rise from your Halloween punch with dry ice.
For this effect, you’ll need two punch bowls, one larger than the other. Nest the smaller bowl into the larger one, mix your punch ingredients in the smaller, and add dry ice to the larger.
Dry ice can cause burns and other damage. Understand and follow safety recommendations for its use.
Eeek! There’s a Spider in My Martini
We adore using herbs in adult cocktails so were thrilled to come across this cute idea for marrying a rosemary martini (like this one from Martha Stewart) to a spider made of an olive.
Take any olive and use a toothpick to poke 4 holes on either side of it, then stick rosemary leaves into each of the 8 holes as legs. Use another rosemary leaf as a pick to attach a caper to the end of the olive as the head. That’s it!
In addition to swimming in martini glasses, the critters can populate appetizer trays or an antipasto platter.