Spooky, Silly, Kid-Friendly Halloween Drinks Everyone Will Adore
Scarily good, these family friendly drink recipes include haunted punches, frightening milkshakes, and a not-to-be-missed shrunken apple heads in cider recipe.
Drinkable tricks and treats needn't be aimed squarely at the grown-up crowd. Kids love holiday-themed sippers just as much as adults do, so we've dug up a collection of some fun, slightly scary drinks to help them celebrate Halloween.
Apple cider figures prominently, as you'd expect, though you may be surprised at how many ways there are to reinvent this quintessential fall drink. The unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic apple beverage is a natural for warm spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger. It stars with fresh cranberries, which have a bloody aspect, in the punch that's shown here. To make our Mauled Apple Cider, you'll stud lady apples with whole cloves and bob them in the cider to infuse it with spiced flavor. Spiced Apple Cider bursts with complexity thanks to a good simmer with allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and cloves and strips of orange zest. And our Shrunken Heads in Cider mixes the cider with lemonade, giving it a light and bright taste—which is a terrific foil for the dehydrated apple "shrunken heads" bobbing around inside.
Milkshakes are here, too, from the ghostly to the refined. A vanilla milkshake may seem ho-hum, but pour it into a clear glass and add a spooky face to the outside, and it's suddenly spine-chilling. A pumpkin pie-inspired milkshake is wonderfully pumpkin-y, with a surprise ingredient that lends bright color and a zippy note.
Elsewhere in the gallery, you'll find showstoppers, such as a grape, ginger, and lime punch that stars a glowing moon floating in the middle (otherwise known as orange juice and water you've frozen in a bowl, then released and dropped in). And if you're going for a Frankenstein vibe, try our kiwi fruit and mint drinks that you serve in chemistry flasks with straws. A good glug of club soda makes them beautifully bubbly.
A traditional Shirley Temple consists of ginger ale with a splash of grenadine. This Halloween version swaps in seltzer for the ginger ale and blood-orange syrup for the grenadine. Both include the non-negotiable maraschino cherry on top, though in this case it feels more macabre than merry.
Mix together sparkling apple cider, grape juice, and lime juice, then float a generous scoop of raspberry sorbet on top. Serve with a spoon, and the sweet and tart flavor will make you pucker with delight.
Shrunken Heads in Cider
You've carved pumpkins, but have you ever carved apples? Give it a try, fashioning faces on the fruit, and then bake them until they dry out, to give them a shrunken appearance. Float the "heads" in a punch bowl with apple cider and lemonade and watch your guests cringe (in a good way).
Vanilla milkshakes make the perfect backdrop for ghost faces—which you can actually paint right on the outside of the cup with melted chocolate.
Give your gathering a mad scientist vibe with these kiwi fruit and mint drinks that you serve in chemistry flasks with straws. A good glug of club soda makes them beautifully bubbly.
This creative and festive punch starts with a mixture of grape juice, ginger soda, seltzer, and fresh lime juice. Then, float a glowing moon in the punch (which is just orange juice and water you've frozen in a bowl, then released and dropped into the punch).
Mauled Apple Cider
Take apple cider to a scary good level, with the addition of lady apples you've studded with whole cloves. Cinnamon sticks and orange zest add aromatic flavor.
Hot Spiced Concord Grape Juice
Here's a roiling, steaming brew (serve it in a cauldron for maximum effect) that's reminiscent of mulled wine. You simmer tart and tangy Concord grape juice with cardamom pods, cinnamon and nutmeg, so the juice becomes infused with the spices.
This pie-inspired drink includes vanilla ice cream and canned pumpkin puree, along with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The surprise ingredient: fresh orange juice. It adds bright color and a zippy note that nicely complements the spices.
Spiced Apple Cider
Allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, whole cloves, and strips of orange zest bring fantastic depth to apple cider when you simmer them all together. On a cool fall day, it's a wonderful way to warm up.