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Samhain-Halloween Drinks and Punches

by Raven and Crone

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1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
Pinch of salt
3 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chilled whipping cream

Using tip of small knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into processor; reserve bean. Add sugar to processor and blend 10 seconds. Transfer 3 tablespoons vanilla sugar to small bowl and reserve. Transfer remaining vanilla sugar from processor to heavy metal sauce-pan. Add unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup water and salt and whisk until smooth. Whisk over medium heat just until beginning to bubble. Whisk in whole milk and half and half. Add reserved vanilla bean; bring mixture to simmer. Remove from heat; Whisk in vanilla extract. Discard vanilla bean. Beat cream and reserved 3 tablespoons vanilla sugar in medium bowl until medium-firm peaks form. Divide hot chocolate
among 6 mugs; top with whipped cream and serve

Zombie Punch
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 quarts cider or apple juice
3 cups water
1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
In a large pitcher or glass gallon jar; stir lemon juice and ginger until blended. Add cider, water and orange juice concentrate and stir until blended. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Basic Blood Punch
This well-known "blood" mix is a Halloween standard. Take a large punch bowl and fill it half with tomato juice and half with orange juice. Let sit until it reaches room temperature (some prefer it served at body temperature - you could warm it gently by placing the punch bowl atop a warm oven) and serve. To spice things up a bit, use Mott's Spicy Clamato mix instead of tomato juice.
Blood Bath
This very simple recipe mixes sweet tart flavor with bright color and vanilla ice cream to produce a fun and tasty punch. I have seen this served in a new cleaned baby bathtub for a fun effect, but you can serve it in a punch bowl.
64 ounces cran-raspberry cocktail
4 cups apple juice
4 cups vanilla ice cream
Mix together the cran-raspberry cocktail and apple juice and chill. Pour into a punch bowl or other serving container. Scoop the vanilla ice cream into the punch and serve immediately. (from )

Hot Pineapple Orange Toddies
This is an aromatic and luscious drink to savor on a cold fall evening. It has a unique flavor that will be sure to please the children and adults at your next party. For best results, try to peel the orange in one big piece, or else pieces large enough so that they won't end up in individual mugs. If you like, try adding a tablespoon of warmed apricot brandy to each mug before pouring in the pineapple mixture for a great adult drink.
6 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
Peel from 2 oranges
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
additional cinnamon and nutmeg
Mix together the pineapple juice and orange juice in a large soup kettle. Bring to a boil and add the 1/4 cup brown sugar, orange peel, and spices. Simmer for five minutes. Whip the heavy cream with the honey and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Ladle the punch into warmed mugs and top with the whipped cream mixture. Lightly sprinkle the whipped cream with additional cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Day Old Bath Water
12 ounce Can frozen lemonade
2 liters 7-Up
1/2 gallon Rainbow sherbet
Thaw sherbet for approximately 15 minutes and place in a plastic tub. Add lemonade (prepared according to directions) and 7-up. Sherbet will melt and turn mixture day old bathwater grayish-brown. Float a handful of green, yellow and white tiny after-dinner mints (tiny bars of soap) on top of the scummy punch.

Bloody Milkshake
Prep: 10 min.
1 quart plus 2 cups buttermilk
1 quart plus 2 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, stemmed
Combine first 3 ingredients and reserved pineapple juice in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add more ice cream for extra thick drink. Add pineapple for phlegm and cherries for blood clots and blend very briefly until cherries are roughly chopped. Fill glasses and serve.
EZ Cinnamon Cider
4 cups cider or apple juice
1/4 cup cinnamon "Red-Hot" candies

Combine juice and candies in a large pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes until candies are dissolved. Serve hot or cool. Serves 8.

Eerie Witches Brew
4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup chopped candied ginger
3 medium-sized oranges
1 can (12 ounces) thawed frozen apple juice concentrate
2 cups seedless grapes
4 cups water
2 bottles (32 ounces each) ginger ale 

In a 1 to 2-quart pan, bring 1 cup of cranberry juice and candied ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, about 2 minutes; set aside. With a vegetable peeler, pare peel (colored parts only) from orange; cut peel into thin 2-inch long "worms". Add orange peel to cranberry mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or as long as overnight.

Juice oranges: put juice in a 6 to 8-quart pan or heavy bowl. Stir in cranberry-ginger mixture, the 3 cups of cranberry juice, apple juice concentrate, limeade, grapes and water. If made ahead of time, cover and chill up to 2 hours. Add ginger ale and about a one pound piece of dry ice. Ice should smolder at least 30 minutes. Ladle into cups. Add remaining ice when bubbling ceases. Makes 5 quarts

Swamp Punch
Make a nice punch (cranberry juice, frozen orange juice WITH PULP, and ginger ale, or even just plain old orange juice WITH PULP) and then add some green and blue food coloring until it turns a sort of yucky gray color - mmmmm....The PULP is very important 'cause it looks TOTALLY DISGUSTING when it's all gray and that stuff is floating around on top. The kids said, "Do I HAVE to drink that?"

Spooky Punch
This punch relies on classic flavor combinations and food coloring to give it a great flavor and appearance.
8 cups orange juice
4 cups apple cider
6 ounces frozen peach juice concentrate (undiluted and still frozen)
green food coloring
3 cups rainbow sherbet
Mix together the orange juice and apple cider. Add the frozen peach concentrate and swirl in green food coloring to turn the mixture into a murky black color. Add the rainbow sherbet and serve immediately.  (from

Witches Brew Punch
Two jugs of apple cider
1 can of concentrate grape juice
a pint of orange sherbet
a bottle of ginger ale. 
Mix cider and grape juice in large punch bowl. Put in scoops of sherbet and add the ginger ale! Stir until foamy!  (from

Samhain Cider

2 quarts apple cider
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup apricot brandy

In a large pot, combine the apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and sugar. Simmer slowly on low heat for about 15 minutes - do not boil. Add the apricot brandy and serve warm.

Black Halloween Punch

1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale

To make a frozen hand for floating in the punch bowl, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.

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This article was published on Wednesday 18 March, 2009.
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