How to prepare perilously perfect punches

By Ashley Berger

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Every Halloween party to remember needs a tasty punch, so the trick to this treat is to make enough of something that everyone enjoys and can drink copious amounts of without feeling queasy. Here are a few recipes to satisfy daring cravings on this eerie evening:

Black Punch

This dark creation is an easy punch to make – it simply starts with two cups of sugar mixed with a quarter cup of water. Once the sugar has dissolved and formed a gooey mixture, add ice. Pour in one 750-milliliter bottle of original vodka, then combine with a splash of ginger ale for a dark but sweet treat.

Blood Rum Punch

Calling all rum lovers! This funky punch will satisfy even the most bored of drinkers this Halloween. In a large bowl or jug, mix 750 milliliters of rum and one-half of a bottle of red wine. Add lime juice, triple sec and simple syrup to taste. Sweeten and decorate this concoction with a few fresh fruit slices thrown in. The red wine turns this punch into a deep, spooky crimson that will have even guests dressed as vampires satisfied.

Creepy Crawler Punch

A quick and easy-to-create recipe, this punch contains hidden surprises for guests.  To create this massive vat of liquid heaven, combine four cups of clear rum, four cups of Maui Blue Hawaiian Schnapps and a gallon of orange juice. Toss in gummy worms and gummy bears for creepy, crawling treats!

Frozen Hands

For a punch that will look like it was just removed from the inside of a meat freezer, follow some basic instructions to haunt your guests’ worst nightmares. Start by filling two plastic gloves with water and freezing. Once the water inside the gloves is completely solid, remove the gloves and put the ice hands in the middle of a punch bowl. To make the actual punch, mix 750 milliliters of chilled vodka and one liter of lemon lime soda and pour into the bowl. Add in red food coloring or grenadine and a couple handfuls of marshmallows for an additional gory goodie. To make the hands and punch glow under a black light, freeze tonic water instead of regular water.

Italian Halloween Punch

If you thought the Guido and Guidette obsession was over, think again. This international festive punch will have partygoers chanting, “Gym, Tan, Laundry!” Mix two cups of orange juice, two cups of sparkling water, one-half cup of maraschino liqueur and one-quarter cup of limoncello. Mix with ice and add in licorice candy immediately before serving. Fist pumping while imbibing is mandatory.

Vampire’s Punch

Twilight fans unite! This punch goes hand-in-hand with neck-biting and blood-sucking. Muddle fresh cherries to start, then set aside. Mix 18 ounces of Skyy Infusions Cherry, eight ounces of lime juice, six ounces of cranberry juice and two and one-half ounces of grenadine. Top the brew with lemon lime soda and the muddled cherries. To create a spooky, foggy effect – add dry ice instead of regular ice.

Wicked Witch Apple Punch

This punch is created specially for all the Wizard of Oz fanatics. Mix 750 milliliters of Skyy Infusions Passion Fruit, 750 milliliters of Sparking Apple Cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale, and pineapple juice in a witch’s cauldron for added dramatic effect. Float apple slices atop the punch and opt to utilize dry ice in place of the real thing for a foggy stew.

Witch’s Brew

For a super sweet, yet potent punch, bring out the spell book and cauldron. Mix two bottles of champagne and one gallon of orange juice in a punch bowl. Add in as much or little sherbet as desired. Float grapes in the cauldron for added mysterious effect. For an extra kick (and extra liquor!), add plain vodka to the mix.

Devil’s Punch

To go to Hell this Halloween, opt for tequila in place of rum or vodka in this mix. Combine tequila, orange liqueur, limoncello, sour mix and some orange juice into a punch bowl for a night ensured to cause debauchery of all sorts.

Sewer Water

Gross out guests with this fantastically vile treat. Mix one bottle of vanilla vodka, one bottle of orange juice with pulp and one two-liter bottle of Dr. Pepper to create a murky brown drink that has remnants of oranges in it to give the allusion of a sewer.

Ashley Berger can be reached at [email protected]