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.
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Mocktails for Halloween
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...
Witches Brew Punch 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
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P.S. if you want to make this a cocktail, you can easily add 2 cups of chilled vodka.
Witches Brew Punch Directions:
- Combine gelatin, warm water and sugar. Stir well to combine.
- Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for several hours.
- In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine gelatin mixture, Cucumber Jalapeno Juice (I like Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co.), and Ginger Ale.
- 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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