To me, Halloween means carving Jack-O-Lanterns, falling leaves, lots of black and orange, and of course, dressing up in costume.
While the kids have trick-or-treating to look forward to, us adults have awesome Halloween parties; where we can dress up, socialize, grub on some delicious eats and imbibe some spooky sips. So, what better recipes to share than some great drinks to make for your next Halloween-themed get-together?
First up, Murderous Mulled Wine! I know what you’re thinking, how can mulled wine be murderous? Well, when you have floating apple heads and pear fingers make a surprise appearance it can be downright frightening! Martha Stewart and her shrunken heads inspired the apple head idea, but the prep time of mine is only a few minutes because the apples are not baked. This way the juice melds with the wine instead of being dried out.
Murderous Mulled Wine
- 2 Bottles of Vegan Red Wine, I used Frey Red Table Wine
- 2 Small Gala/Fuji/etc. Apples, Sliced in half with core scooped out
- 1 Pear
- 1 Orange, Cut into Wedges
- 5 Cinnamon Sticks
- ¼ C. Star Anise
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Whole Cloves
- Pour the two bottles of wine into a 3-4 Qt. crockpot, or a large pot over a stove. Set the temperature to low.
- Start carving faces into the 4 apple halves, using the techniques shown on Martha’s site, or using a small (not very sharp) knife.
- Place them into the wine and move onto the pear. Core the pear and slice what is left into 6 wedges lengthwise.
- There will be a more bulbous end on which you need to carefully slice just the skin into a fingernail shape and peel off the remainder of the skin. Slice off the corners of the wedge to give the “finger” a more round shape.
- Add the pears to the wine, along with the orange wedges, which you squeeze over it before adding the peels in.
- Stir in the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves, have the mixture warm over low heat for 1 or more before serving.
For a simple and delicious drink that has a scary color, try this Mysterious Martini. Fresh green grape juice pairs perfectly with the melon flavor of the Midori.
- 1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
- 1 oz. Vodka (your preference)
- 2 oz. Fresh Green Grape Juice, I just blended grapes together and strained it
- Red Grapes for garnish
- Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into martini glass. This is not a super strong recipe so use less grape juice if you would like it to have more umph.
Lastly, we have an incredible easy blend of brews that has the perfect blend of spice and sweetness. You may have heard of a Snakebite before, where you have a drink that is half lager, half dry cider; well, this Pumpkin with a Bite is just a tad different.
Pumpkin with a Bite
- ½ Bottle of Pumpkin Ale, Preferably not hoppy
- ½ Bottle of Hard Cider
- Pour in the same chilled glass and enjoy!
Now you have three different drink recipes that will keep your party patron’s hands full all night!
Jackie Sobon originally launched Vegan Yack Attack to document her adventures in clean living, but her blog quickly turned into an abundant resource for a vegan lifestyle. Whether you want an easy weeknight dish or more ambitious suggestions, it’s a great go-to for vegans and raw-food enthusiasts.