Happy October wine lovers! This month is one of our favorites here in the office. We love dressing up in costumes (and putting our dogs in costumes), making spooky drinks, and eating all the Halloween candy paired with wine! This year, we did some things a little different in the office... We threw a Halloween party complete with 3 different HalloWINE cocktails. See below for some devilishly delightful drink and decoration ideas for your next Halloween tasting.
1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
3 cups chilled pineapple juice
1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale
2 cups chilled vodka, optional
ONEHOPE's modification: swap 1-2 Cups of pineapple juice out for our CA Sauvignon Blanc
Watch how to make this recipe.
Special equipment: 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores) 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron 1 plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies)
Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.
Wearing heavy duty gloves or using tongs, place the block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron. (Dry ice will burn skin, so handle it with gloves and tongs and keep it away from kids and pets!)
Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.
Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to "steam."
Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.
Entrap the sterilized rubber hand between the cauldron and the punch bowl, squeezing it tight so the hand appears to be reaching out of the mist for help. Hot-glue the hand to the cauldron, if necessary, to hold it in place.
Carefully pour the drink mixture into the punch bowl. Slowly add the chilled vodka and lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Stir gently to mix.
Recipe from Food Network.
The Poisoned Apple:
• 2 ounces apple cider
• 1 ounce pomegranate juice
• 2 ounces tequila
• Several chips of dry ice (Tip: Keep the chips small enough to dissolve quickly. I like to plop them in before I serve the drinks, so there’s no risk of guests getting frostbite from a chunk of dry ice!)
*ONEHOPE's modification: swap tequila for CA Chardonnay
Combine ingredients with ice in a martini shaker. Shake to mix and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add dry ice to the glasses just before serving. Makes one cocktail.
Recipe from Minted.
1 750 ml bottle of CA Merlot
1 orange (cut into wedges)
1 lemon (cut into wedges)
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups ginger ale (or club soda)
Dash of grenadine (optional, for darker "bloodlike" color)
1 cup gummy worms, gummy bugs, or spooky hard candy eyes
Pour the wine into a pitcher.
Squeeze the juices from the lemon and orange wedges into the wine. If possible, remove the seeds, then toss the wedges into the punch.
Add the sugar and stir thoroughly until it dissolves.
Add the ginger ale or club soda, grenadine syrup, ice, and creepy candy just before serving.
* For the deepest red wine color, choose a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja red, Zinfandel, or Shiraz.
If you'd like to serve the Halloween Sangria right away, use chilled red wine and serve it over lots of ice.
Recipe by The Spruce.
Finish off the cocktail bar and scare your guests with some extra fun Halloween decorations like small plastic spiders and skulls, cute Halloween inspired napkins, and a festive tablecloth!
These drinks and decorations are sure to make a deadly combination! Cheers to ghostly good times!
The ONEHOPE Team