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Stirrin’ Up Spirits


This time of year, it’s only natural to be stirrin’ up spirits—of course if you’re havin’ a Halloween get-together, you may be stirrin’ up a different kind of spirit! We’ve got a couple of fun and spooky drink ideas that both look and taste frightfully good, and we’re sharin’ how to make them here! Of course, each drink is just as wonderful without the liquor. These recipes may just take you from the Ghostess with the Mostest to the Hallow-Queen!

Witch’s Brew

You’ll need the following:

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 juiced lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 block of dry ice
  • 1 large cast iron Dutch oven
  • 1 large metal bowl, which can easily fit inside the Dutch oven
  • chilled glass mugs
  • Spiced Rum, optional

To make this Witch’s Brew recipe, you’ll need to start by mixing together the apple cider, pomegranate juice, grated ginger, and lemon juice in a pitcher. If you’re looking to kick things up, you can also add the spiced rum to the mix.

While wearing gloves and protective eyewear, you will use a hammer to smash the dry ice into large chunks. Place a few in the bottom of the Dutch oven, and add water to cover it. Place the metal bowl inside the Dutch oven and pour in the brew—the dry ice will escape around the sides of the bowl, creating a spooky effect. Use a ladle to fill the mugs for your guests.

COOKS’ NOTES & SAFETY TIPS: Do not a use a glass bowl—only a metal bowl that fits inside the Dutch oven. Glass can actually shatter from the extreme low temperature of the dry ice, which is a safety hazard for both you and your guests. It is also advisable to wear gloves to protect your hands when using dry ice and protective eyewear for your eyes to avoid injury.


Paula’s Party Potion

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups fruit punch
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  • ¾ cup cream of coconut
  • ice cubes
  • 151 alcohol, optional


In a large pitcher, combine the fruit punch and the pineapple juice before adding a liter of ginger ale and ice cubes. Stir it up to combine and then pour the cream of coconut on top. Serve it up in a punch bowl to up the presentation. This recipe makes ten servings.

For a showy, alcoholic option, also called a scorpion bowl, add 151 alcohol into a cup, float it in the middle, and light it on fire.

Whichever option you choose to serve at your party, we hope your guests find it scary good. Now have a happy Halloween, y’all!

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