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.
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.
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.
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.
Halloween Vampire Punch with Lime Sherbet
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 225kcal Calories from fat 19|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
- 3 tbsp light corn syrup
- 2-4 drops red food coloring
- 3/4 quart lime sherbet, softened
- 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
- 1 1/2 cups club soda
- Vodka (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- Dip the rim of each glass into the red corn syrup. Turn each glass upright and let the corn syrup drip down the sides.
- Pour the punch into the prepared glasses and serve.