My neighborhood goes big on Halloween. There are parties, gatherings, parades, and scary-awesome celebrations that go on for weeks. There are kid-friendly festivities and grown-up dinner parties, frightfully fun desserts and kooky-spooky cocktails. It's a blast. But, this year, I won't be sipping on any sinister spiked drinks or wicked wines. No, this Oct. 31st, I'll be trading in the BOO-ze for a mocktail.

It's not like I typically go crazy on Halloween. But with a baby brewing in my belly, that post-trick-or-treating glass of vino is a no-go. (I'll get all the yummy candy, though!) Still, I want to get into the spirit of things--so I'm excited to whip up a batch of witches' brew punch. Lime gelatin mix gives it a tart punch, while cucumber-jalapeño juice kicks things up a notch. Together, the spice, lime, and ginger ale helps this mocktail resemble a margarita--without the tequila, of course. But you could easily add tequila or vodka for those who aren't expecting!

I love that you can serve in a large pitcher for parties--or even a cauldron (insert wicked laugh), if the mood strikes. It's kitschy and fun served in lab beakers, but tastes just as good in a glass. Here's the enchanting recipe...

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Ingredients:

3 oz package of lime gelatin mix

4 cups very warm water (almost boiling)

1 cup sugar

32 oz Cucumber Jalapeño juice, chilled

16 oz (or more to taste) Ginger Ale, chilled

P.S. if you want to make this a cocktail, you can easily add 2 cups of chilled vodka.

Directions:

1. Combine gelatin, warm water and sugar. Stir well to combine.

2. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for several hours.

3. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine gelatin mixture, Cucumber Jalapeno Juice (I like Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co.), and Ginger Ale.

4. Serve in punch glasses or glass lab beakers for a fun Halloween punch.

You can add chilled vodka to make a great cocktail punch, if desired.

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