For a frightfully good drink at your Halloween party, consider making “Witches Brew”. Truth be told, nearly any drink can be dubbed Witches Brew – by simply adding dry ice (that has been shaped into the form of hand) into a cauldron and then adding creepy delightfully good treats like gummy worms. This recipe supplied by courtesy of Food Network and Sandra Lee just happens to be excellent – AND – you can make it with or without alcohol so it’s perfect for kids parties too.
Witches Brew – Recipes courtesy Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
* 1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin
* 2 cups boiling water
* 3 cups chilled pineapple juice
* 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale
* 2 cups chilled vodka, optional
* 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores such as Party City located at 38 West 14th Street in Manhattan)
* 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron
* 1 plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water
* 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies)
Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.
Wearing heavy duty gloves or using tongs, place the block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron. (Dry ice will burn skin, so handle it with gloves and tongs and keep it away from kids and pets!)
Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.
Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to “steam.”
Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.
Entrap the sterilized rubber hand between the cauldron and the punch bowl, squeezing it tight so the hand appears to be reaching out of the mist for help. Hot-glue the hand to the cauldron, if necessary, to hold it in place.
Carefully pour the drink mixture into the punch bowl. Slowly add the chilled vodka and lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Stir gently to mix.
Other Halloween Articles from Bobby Leahy (click on the link)
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Planning your adult Halloween Party – Part 1
Planning your adult Halloween Party – Part 2