In Punches

Who says Halloween is only for our friends in America? We think any excuse is perfect to gather with friends and have a great time. Consider this your official invitation to have some fun this Halloween.

What better way to entertain your guest on Halloween than with this spooky pumpkin punch? Served, naturally, out of a creepy giant steaming pumpkin! Giant pumpkins can be purchased from Food Lover’s Market.

INGREDIENTS:

For the spiced syrup:

  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken into pieces)
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 6 white peppercorns
  • 1/2 nutmeg (cracked)

For the punch:

  • 750 ml Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup spiced syrup (see instructions below)
  • ½ cup pumpkin Purity baby food
  • 2 ½ cups sparkling water
  • Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
  • Dry ice (for decorating, optional)
  • Large pumpkin or punch bowl

DIRECTIONS:

For the spiced syrup:

  1. Add the spices to a small saucepan over medium heat. Shake the spices back and forth so that they do not burn.
  2. As soon as the spices become toasty and aromatic add the water and sugar. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Keep below boiling point and turn the heat to low. Let it simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Cool to room temperature before using.

For the punch:

  1. In a large bowl, add the spiced rum, orange juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup and pumpkin baby food. Stir to combine.
  2. Once combined, pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Meanwhile, place a large bowl into your hollowed pumpkin. Be sure your bowl is safe to handle dry ice – metal works well. Next, use tongs to fill the bottom of the bowl with dry ice, and cover with a slightly smaller bowl. This bowl will hold your punch. Again, make sure both bowls are safe for dry ice. Certain materials will shatter when exposed to dry ice.
  4. Pour the mixture into the punchbowl. Add the sparkling water and stir to combine.
  5. Now for the fun part. Carefully pour hot water into the bottom bowl so that it contacts the dry ice, thus activating the vapours.
  6. Guests can ladle the punch into their glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Remember to give it a stir as you serve, as the ingredients will naturally separate over time.

NOTES

Be careful using dry ice! The length of time the smoky effect will last depends on how much dry ice you use, how hot the water is, and consequently how quickly the ice melts. To keep the effect going you will need to replenish the dry ice as it melts.

By Todd-Honestly Yum