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Halloween Party Cocktail?

I am hosting a dinner party this Saturday night before a big costume party at a neighbor's house. Does anyone have an inventive and very tasty cocktail recommendation? I think it would be fun if the cocktail could be orange or have somekind of festive something-something to it. Please no pumpkin flavored drinks (ick!) Thanks!

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  1. I'm having a Halloween Party and serving Lychee Punch made with Lichido Liqueur, Belvedere Vodka, Orange Juice and Lychee Nuts. The Lichido is the perfect flavor, the OJ adds tang and color, and the lychee nuts simulate eyeballs...perfect for Halloween!! Now if only I didn't have to use the canned ones :-(

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    1. re: liverfail

      What is lichido liqueur? I've never heard of it. Nice idea about the lychee "eyeballs". :)

      1. re: liverfail

        If you stuff the lychees w/ dates, they really look like eyeballs.

      2. I used to make a bubbling cauldron of punch with floating eyeballs in it!

        To make it go a long way, I always used a base of cheap box wine, and then added whatever ingredients I liked, until I got the desired color. Anything fizzy with vodka is good. Add 2x2" dry ice blocks every 20 mins of so and you'll have a fantastic punch!

        TT

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        1. re: TexasToast

          (for some reason I had to reply to last poster rather than in general.)


          Blood orange mimosas.

          I remember seeing something called a black martini somewhere but don't recall what ingredient made it black. perhaps Google knows. I'm not usually crazy about flavored martinis but maybe the idea provides inspiration, anyway.

          I love the cauldron with dry ice idea, creeeeepy! Must add that one sure way for me to remain sober would be to have eyeballs floating in my glass! :0
          actually, might be a brilliant idea, that. ;)

          1. re: ellaj

            I wonder if black vodka was the "special" ingredient? I remember Martha Stewart featured it her magazine a couple of years ago. I just can't put my head around that---black vodka?!? Would that color your mouth and tongue black after drinking it???

          2. re: TexasToast

            If you go w/ dry ice in a cauldron, I read in Martha Stewart's magazine (waiting in the orthdontist office) that you can take a twig wreath (one that the cauldron will fit in the center), lay it flat, add a rope light in the middle, some orange crepe paper on the edges to look like fire, and put the cauldron in the middle. It'll look like it's cooking.

          3. Do either of you know if it's safe to drink liquid with dry ice in it? I did a search and it's only carbon dioxide. So in theory, it should be OK, right? I've always done the punch-bowl within a cauldron thing just to be safe..but I'm curious.

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            1. re: liverfail

              I've had dry ice punch and lived to tell, so it must be okay. It LOOKS really cool, like what the "mad professor" has bubbling away in his laboratory. Haven't got a clue where you'd get it from or how you'd store it.

              1. re: Prawn Cocktail

                It's completely safe - a lot of liquor stores sell it too. All that's happening is it's turning directly from a solid to a gas (a safe one). Doesn't affect the drink at all. Occasionally you have to poke it a little though to get it going, 'cause it tends to develop a layer of frosen punch on the outside of the blocks. You can even put little chips of it in people's drinks!

              2. re: liverfail

                It's safe as long as you're reasonably responsible. Dry ice is cold enough to cause skin burns, so avoid putting chunks of it in people's drinks. Here in Phoenix you can find it in just about every major grocery store.

                1. re: liverfail

                  Dry ice is safe for drinks, but it is not safe to injest so you might want to consider making the pieces of dry ice quite large. Dry ice will sink to the bottom of the glass, but the liquid around it will freeze and eventually that sucker will float to the top because of the ice shell. SOME... especially if your brew is strong, will be tempted to eat the ice. Since that is a no no, it is your judgement call. I think it will burn your stomach if it is swallowed. Someone else could probably tell you if that is the truth. Maybe frost bite? Anyway, that would be an ugly trick... or treat. ; )

                  1. re: Wanda Fuca

                    Yep, I had the dry ice company cut me a block and slice it up into what they called "chips" which were the size of large baby-Lego blocks. When added to the punch, they DID sink and formed a massive clump at the bottom, but, no-body tried to eat it.

                    FYI, the best way to store it, is as a block, double brown-paper bagged (those thick, supermarket ones are best), in an empty cooler/ igloo.

                    TT

                    1. re: TexasToast

                      And make sure to fill the empty cooler space with newspaper.

                      You know something else... if you have an unheated pool you can put some in there. If it is heated I think it merely bubbles v steams scarily. I am not sure about the amounts needed.

                      The lego block thing is good to know. Saves labor.

                2. Devil's breath:
                  2/3 part spicy v8
                  1/3 oart chili pepper flavored vodka
                  dash of lime juice
                  dash of tabasco sauce
                  lime juice for garnish

                  Witch's kiss:
                  2-4 tbsp chocolate flavored liquer, eg Godiva or creme de cacao
                  1 tsp heavy cream

                  Pour liquid into a cordial glass, cardeully pour cream on top. Do not stir; the cream will float on surface.

                  1. You use Bla Vod - a brand of black vodka that won't turn your mouth black

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                    1. re: bobbyperu

                      Is this still available? I thought they had discontinued this product.