Getting into the Halloween SPIRIT with a cocktail recipe

I’ll admit, I never really got into Halloween until I had kids. As a kid myself, it was really all about the candy. How soon can we start trick-or-treating. How long can I keep going? 

 I don’t really remember ever caring what my costume was—which is good because if it wasn’t in the family costume box then it wasn’t happening.

But now that I’m an adult, dressing up is fun because it’s fun for our kids ... and I get three bags of trick-or-treat candy, not just one. (Ha!)

We’ve been pirates (with our own parrot).

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The Frozen Family (never mind Spiderman, getting 4 out of 5 onboard is considered a great success).

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And StarWars (the SWAT woman was a character cut out of Episode 7—duh):

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However this year, I’m afraid the family theme is over unless anyone out there can thread together a theme for what my kids want to be: An eyeball, a ninja AND a pirate (not a combo, an actual costume change halfway through trick-or-treating), and a unicorn with a broken leg. 


Yeah, it’s over. 

BUT, that doesn’t squash my holiday spirits. There’s still plenty of fun to be had around Halloween, including this cocktail I found and slightly adapted from Self Proclaimed Foodie. She calls it The Vampire, I called it The Werewolf, everyone is calling it tasty.


Here’s how to make a big batch that serves 24:

The Werewolf Cocktail

·       20 oz Vodka

·       10 oz Amaretto

·       10 oz  Orange Juice (I used “with pulp” because that’s what I had and it added a spooky vibe to the drink)

·       30 oz Club Soda

  •    24 oz Raspberries —Fresh or frozen (I used frozen, about 5 bags)

·       24 Plastic Syringes —I found packs of six for $7 at Party City.



Mix all the cocktail ingredients together, except the raspberries ....and the syringes (of course not, what are you already drunk?)

Thaw the raspberries in the bag. Then blend all the raspberries on super high for about five minutes. It really does look like thick blood! Suck up wth raspberry puree in the syringes and keep chilled on crushed ice for added effect. 

Serve the cocktail over ice and with a raspberry-filled syringe as a cocktail stir stick. 

Note:  I highly recommend you do this with a Vitamixer (one of the best purchases of my life) so you pulverize the seeds. Otherwise, you have to strain the puree to rid the seeds—takes a ton of time and messy. The Self Proclaimed Foodie adds sugar and a boiling step, I skipped both those steps and found just straight up, cold raspberry puree in the syringes worked perfectly. 


The raspberry puree shots are too fun not to share with your kids (IF there are any extras), so here’s some kid-friendly things to pair them with:

Orange Juice


Cereal   (I put some on my Wheat Chex and I think I’m on to something)

Pancakes or Waffles


Ice Cream — Vanilla or Chocolate, yum!