halloween punch

We based the theme for our Halloween punch bowl around a clever little widget designed to create mist in reptile cages. Placed in water, it creates a cold mist by vibration, as well as colour changing LED lights. So, we figured if it works in water then it will work in other liquids too. The perfect way to create a spooky punchbowl for Halloween.

We left the punch non-alcoholic, with suitable autumn flavours, and of course blood red (ish). The juice cannot be too viscous as the mister won’t work. If your guests want to add alcohol then they can, by way of the jelly shot syringes. We used red jelly as it was the only one available, but if you can get green jelly then that would be perfect.

If you can get a commercial blackberry flavoured cordial then by all means go for it, but just in case we have created a quick blackberry cordial to make the drink. You can leave out the ginger, or add more if you like.

Obviously, the amounts that you use depend on the number of guests and the size of the bowl that you use.

Recipe/instructions for Halloween punch bowl

For the jelly shots

1 pack jelly

150ml boiling water

100ml cold water

250ml vodka

Syringes

For the blackberry cordial

250g blackberries

100g sugar

30ml water

1 tsp grated ginger

For the punch

1 ltr fresh apple and pear juice

Water to taste

For the fake blood

Glucose syrup

Red food gel

For garnish

Assorted glass clings

1 tin lychees

Blackberries

Mister widget for reptile cages

  1. Make up the jelly. Add the boiling water, stir to melt. Add the cold water and the vodka.
  2. Stir and fill syringes. Place in the fridge to set.
  3. Make up the cordial. Place the blackberries with the water and sugar in a pan. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add the grated ginger, cover, and set aside to cool.
  5. Decorate glasses with glass clings.
  6. To make the fake blood, add red food gel to glucose syrup and stir.
  7. On greaseproof paper, draw around the glasses. Use this to drop the red syrup in a circle. Dip the glasses, rim down, in the syrup and then turn upright again.
  8. Drain the lychees and press a blackberry into each one.
  9. Mix the cooled cordial with the fresh juice. Add water to taste. The more watery the punch, the better the mist will be.
  10. Assemble the punch bowl with the punch and the lychee eyeballs. Drop in the mister widget and plug it in. It does create a slight fountain effect so keep the electric socket well clear of the punch bowl. You may need to fiddle about until the best mist effect is created; just below the surface of the liquid seems to be the way to go.
  11. Ladle out the punch, and add jelly syringes for those who want.