Want to turn that standard libation into a spooky beverage that looks like it’s straight out of a mad scientist’s lab?
The secret ingredient is dry ice. A chip or two of food-grade dry ice, available online or at many local grocery stores, will get that cocktail smoking and bubbling so much that your guests will start shouting, “It’s alive!” These beverages are perfect for Halloween parties and any other ghoulish gathering that calls for something more cauldron than Cosmo.
Before you get started with your dry ice drink, take a minute to get up to speed on proper safety precautions. Because dry ice is so cold, it can cause major damage, like frostbite, if it comes in direct contact with your skin. Be sure to use tongs to place it in your drink. Also, remember that dry ice is used only for its visual and cooling effects, and the tablets themselves are not meant to be consumed. When you purchase dry ice, it will be pre-packaged in a special container; store it there until you’re ready to use it.
If you’re going to make your dry-ice beverages one drink at a time, you only need a very small piece of the substance to create the desired effect. If you purchase food-grade chips, you’ll only need two or three of them for each glass. Drop them in right after you’ve poured and garnished the drink, before you serve it to your guests. The dry ice will sink to the bottom of the glass and stay there, preventing the drinker from consuming it before it dissipates and the steam effect subsides.
If you want to avoid preparing concoctions one glass at a time, use a larger piece of dry ice in a punch bowl. Just drop a sizable chunk in right before the punch is served, and watch the bubbling and steam transform your living room into a lavish laboratory. As the fogging effect wears off, simply refresh the bowl throughout the party with additional dry ice fragments. And remember—although the dry ice will sink to the bottom of the bowl, it’s best to have a bartender ladle out each glass just to be certain that someone doesn’t accidently scoop the block up and plop it into a drink.
Here’s a couple of dry ice Halloween punch recipes to serve up on Hallow’s Eve:
The best thing about dry ice is that it works with just about any cocktail. Go super spooky by incorporating a colored liquor along with the fog. Midori will turn your drink green, blue Curacao has that alien-like blue glow, and crème Yvette comes with an eerie purple hue. Just mix up your favorite drink and go to town. For an added creepy touch, serve your drinks in beakers or test tubes, available at local scientific supply stores. Just make sure they are brand new and clean before you use them!
Non Alcoholic Beverages
If you want to spice up a children’s Halloween party or have guests that don’t drink, just follow the above instructions using a non-alcoholic beverage instead of a cocktail or boozy punch.