Oct 28

Halloween Vampire Punch Recipe with Lime Sherbet



While the stars of the Halloween parties are always the costumes – a skeleton and a werewolf are haunting our house this year – the treats are almost as fun. This year the boys and I made Mummy Cookies, and last year my husband initiated making some decadent Maple-Glazed donuts. The tradition of roasting pumpkin seeds started when I was a kid and each year I look forward to making them just the way my mum still does. Of course, you have to have a drink to wash down the treats. Preferably something sweet, like punch. The creepier the better. If you attract a few vampires to your party, then you have succeeded. Waa-haa-haa-haa (that’s my best spine-tingling laugh).

I got the idea for the blood-red drips from a drink featured on Martha Stewart’s site. They have some fantastic Halloween beverage ideas, so be sure to check it out. The “blood” is a simple concoction of corn syrup and red food coloring. Just dip the edges of your glasses into the mixture and voila, they are Halloween-ready (I suggest dipping less enthusiastically than I did so your glasses aren’t quite as drippy and messy.) The punch is a simple mixture of lime sherbet, pink grapefruit juice and club soda. Many punches with sherbet are too sweet for my taste because they often include some sort of soda in addition to the sherbet and juice. So, I left out the sweet stuff and added in club soda for a little fizz.

This drink was a hit with my kids and I had a hard time resisting gulping down a couple of glasses myself. If you would like to upgrade the drink to adult level, make up a second batch with some shots of vodka included (I’ll leave the amount up to you) and serve the cocktail in a martini glass.

The recipe:
In a shallow dish that is wider that the rim of your glasses, combine corn syrup and red food coloring. Use a toothpick to mix until the corn syrup is completely red.

Vampire Punch Collage

In a blender, combine lime sherbet, pink grapefruit juice and club soda. Add vodka for an adult version. Blend until frothy and fully combined, about 10 seconds.

Vampire Punch Collage 2

Dip the rim of each glass into the red corn syrup. Turn each glass upright and let the corn syrup drip down the sides. You probably want to use a little less than I did so that the sides of your glasses aren’t filled with so many drips and there are more places to hold the glass.


Pour the punch into the prepared glasses and serve.


Other Halloween drinks:
Cupcake Project’s Frozen Pumpkin Mudslide
eCurry’s Witches Brew
Noble Pig’s Blood Red Punch
Talk of Tomatoes’ Black Widow Cocktail
12 Bottle Bar’s Poison Apple Punch

Halloween Vampire Punch with Lime Sherbet
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2-4 drops red food coloring
  • ¾ quart lime sherbet, softened
  • 1½ cups pink grapefruit juice
  • 1½ cups club soda
  • Vodka (optional)
  1. In a shallow dish that is wider that the rim of your glasses, combine corn syrup and red food coloring. Use a toothpick to mix until the corn syrup is completely red.
  2. In a blender, combine lime sherbet, pink grapefruit juice and club soda. Add vodka to taste for an adult version. Blend until frothy and fully combined, about 10 seconds.
  3. Dip the rim of each glass into the red corn syrup. Turn each glass upright and let the corn syrup drip down the sides.
  4. Pour the punch into the prepared glasses and serve.

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1 Mai October 28, 2011 at 2:45 am

Wow, this looks so AWESOME.


2 Katrina October 28, 2011 at 5:46 am

This is so freaky! Love this idea.


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 28, 2011 at 6:03 am

what a fun halloween idea…i love it!


4 Drick October 28, 2011 at 6:24 am

so clever and fun … exciting enough to make headlines today at http://paper.li/drickp/1318084585


5 Belinda @zomppa October 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

Ooooooo I like these! Creepy!


6 Maria October 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

So fun! I bet your boys loved this! Great photos too!


7 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook October 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

Looks like a fun drink. Hope the boys have a fun time trick or treating!


8 Lori @ RecipeGirl October 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

What a fabulous recipe! Love it!


9 Lauren from Lauren's Latest October 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

This idea is genius! Bet your boys loved this!


10 Curt October 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

Creepy creepy, that’s for sure. I’m sure it would be a hit at any Halloween party. For the kids, and for the adults. Especially with the vodka option!


11 cassie//bake your day October 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

This is so fun. Love the colors! I agree with Curt too!


12 Kim Beaulieu October 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

This is so cool.


13 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes October 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

This is such a fun idea!


14 HeatherChristo October 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Awesome! I am having kids over to carve pumpkins tonight and i am going to make these- they will flip for them!


15 Suzie the Foodie October 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

It’s a great and easy Halloween foodie trick isn’t it? I have used it two years in a row now and love it. A true classic!


16 Amy Bellgardt October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am



17 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

super fun! My kids would love these!


18 Shirley @ gfe October 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

Stunning presentation, Dara! Love it! :-)



19 KalynsKitchen October 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Looks pretty and I bet it is very tasty too.


20 Pip October 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Very cool…how badly does it stain your lips? I’m having a halloween party tonight and would like to pre-blood the glasses lol


21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Pip, it will stain your lips a bit, just like if you ate something with red frosting, but it’s worth it for the cool decoration. I don’t recommend doing the PRE-blood treatment on the glasses because the drips will travel all the way to the bottom before you’re ready to serve. Have fun at your Halloween party!


22 Elyse @The Cultural Dish October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This looks awesome! I love syrup dripping down the side too. Great photos!


23 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme October 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

What a cool idea, Dara! Love it!


24 Jeanette October 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Ooh, that is a creepy looking glass, perfect for Halloween.


25 Nichol October 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

How neat, love this idea for a Halloween drink…I think my daughter would freak though because of the blood looks. She freaks with anything blood!


26 marla October 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Dara, I love how you have embraced the true Halloween spirit!! Cute drinks :)


27 Kate@Diethood October 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

This looks WONDERFUL! And, as always, I love love love your photography.


28 C&C Cakery October 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

It’s got that real “gross-out” factor that we all look for in Halloween treats – some are just way too cute for me! I want some blood and guts in my desserts!

Thanks for the wicked idea and recipe!


29 Liz October 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

Oh, this is just the coolest Halloween idea, Dara!


30 MikeVFMK October 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Very cool, Dara! I’m all about cocktail (and drinks) with holiday flare. These look perfectly fit for Halloween. Love the red drip!!


31 Frank October 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

Cute! Like the fact that it’s both fun and actually relatively healthy!


32 themacaronqueen October 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

You made something that looks spooky and yummy at the same time.


33 Tracy October 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

These are so cute; what a fun idea! Perfect drink for Halloween!


34 Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) October 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

These are just too cute! I used to throw halloween parties when I was a teenager, a group of us would decorate one our our basements, bake, make spooky foods…this drink would’ve been a great addition. It’s not too late. ;-).


35 raquel October 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

it’s like blood love that trick =)


36 Jennifer (Delicieux) October 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

LOVE your vampire punch!!!! It’s such a fun idea with the blood trickling down the glass.


37 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

I may be making the “grownup” version later tonight! 😉


38 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

These are so unbelievably fun! I love it!


39 Donna October 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm

LOVE the look! Happy Hauntings to you!


40 Kita November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

In my house the vodka is mandatory 😉 lol. Totally digging these spooky little drinks.


41 Sukaina November 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm

What an appropriate Halloween drink- love the red trickle. BOO!


42 Darla | Bakingdom November 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Eek! Omigosh, these are so much fun! :) Sounds really delicious and what a fun idea.


43 Heidi October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

<3 this!


44 Kim November 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I did wolf bite shooters with the blood drips for a Halloween party. Made the same enthusiastic mistake you did…then learned to do less and put them in the fridge immediately :) They just dripped enough!!! Love the recipe!!


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