I wanted to make a cocktail specific for Halloween even though I’m not the biggest fan of the holiday (really, is it even a holiday?). It’s probably because I just can not stand the color orange as much as anything but for the last several years, without little kids around to dress up, it just doesn’t hold much charm for me. Oh, I’ve always put the requisite decorations in front of the house and despite the occasional yearning to do so, I’ve never bailed on the kids on my street. I put on my witch costume (no jokes from the peanut gallery) and greet every single one of the revelers with a basket of the required treats.
Not this year. This year I’m homeless. Not that I’m living on the street but I’m not in my own home and for the first time I won’t have to participate. I should be grateful right? So why am I going to offer to answer the door for my neighbors so that they can both walk from house to house with their little girl? I remember those little girls of mine and how excited they always were; it’s when they’re little that’s it’s the most fun so I’ll do candy duty for them so they can both enjoy the experience with Lena; she is a character and I would sure want to be there if I were her mom or dad.
I can’t help but think about all those years of costumes I made. I think there is a purple satin unicorn still packed away somewhere but memories flood back of watermelons and strawberries, said unicorn, bunny rabbits and Betsy Ross. We might have done a witch or ghost but I was more about less scary beings; I’m not too keen on the scary stuff. Ask my friend Karen who I went to see Carrie with. My hand spent a fair amount of time shielding my eyes (though seriously the previews were scarier than the movie!).
Still I enjoy having a cocktail to look forward to and why not one that is representative of the season. Last year it was this delicious Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail and this year, perhaps inspired by the aforementioned movie, I decided that something blood red needed to be involved. What better than blood oranges? Truth be told it’s a bit ahead of blood orange season but I can see this gorgeous punch throughout the upcoming holidays; it really is a beautiful color and a great refreshing drink. Part of the sparkling soda is used to make ice cubes to keep the drink cold; I have this cool little mini ice cube tray but regular will work fine too; it’s a great idea to keep the drink cold without diluting the best part. The rum. :)
I kept the alcohol content modest which is always good for a party but add a bit more rum and/or lime juice to up the ante a bit if something not so sweet is more to your liking.
Have a safe and fun Halloween. BOO!!
Blood Orange and Pomegranate Punch
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 16 Servings
- 1 bottle (32 oz) blood-orange sparkling soda, chilled
- 1 jar (32oz) pomegranate juice, chilled
- 3 cans (12 ounces each) natural orange soda, chilled
- 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 24-32 oz ounces light rum (add to your taste)
- 5 dashes bitters (I used Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters)
- 1 blood orange, or orange, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges and frozen
- Combine 3/4 cup each of blood-orange soda and pomegranate juice and fill ice cube trays; freeze.
- To make punch, combine the remainder of the juice and soda, lime juice, rum, and bitters into a 16-cup punch bowl. Before serving, add frozen orange slices. Add juice ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.
- Garnish individual glasses with orange slices.
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