As the seasonal whimsy continues to abound, I have one more quick, fun Halloween treat to share; ‘Off With Your Hand’ Halloween Punch (title credit to my 9 year old). Over the years we’ve cultivated some Halloween favorites for home celebrations or school parties. Graveyard Cupcakes, Rustic Mini Pumpkin Cakes and Great Pumpkin Pinata Cake are certainly favorite sweets that are loads of fun.
My not-so-secret M.O. is always high impact with ease. This favorite was inspired after a surgery when being sent home with a mutated ice pack fashioned of a filled, frozen surgical glove.
It’s simple. Vinyl medical gloves (available at any mainstream drug store or online) filled with juice of your choice (preferably a juice with complimentary flavor to the punch you make), secured with a rubber band and frozen to function as the ice in your festive punch but also an eerie reminder of Halloween! Be sure not to use any gloves with powder in them. You can use any punch recipe though I’m sharing one we whipped up with seasonal flavors. You can make a frozen hand with water too however as it melts it will dilute the punch and I’ve found they melt faster than a juice hand.
When removing the glove use a sharp pair of scissors. I could not find mine when needing to remove this glove and used a sharp knife which ended in a finger loss. I liked the creepy effect in the end but suggest using the scissors to ensure your hand keeps all its digits! If making this punch for an adult party, it certainly could be spiked (ensure there are no little ghouls or goblins around who might accidentally take a scoop!). If your party will span several hours, creating more than one frozen hand beforehand works great to swap in when the first one had melted!
We are not huge juice or soda drinkers in my household and I personally prefer fresh or organic juices whenever possible with little to no sugar added. If not possible (with cranberry or pear juice for instance) I opt for those that are as close to 100% juice with the least amount of sugar added, liking the more authentic taste. Use your favorites!
A key for success is having everything very cold. It allows the hand to stay intact longer. For punch bowl volume planning: Frozen Hand the equivalent of 2 cups liquid when thawed
- 4 cups Cranberry Nectar or Juice, chilled
- 2 cups Apple Cider, freshly pressed if possible; chilled
- 1 cup Pear Nectar, chilled
- 2 cans (or 24 fluid ounces) Ginger Ale, chilled
- Combine the cranberry nectar, apple cider, pear nectar and chill overnight in a sealed container. Add the chilled ginger ale when ready to serve and stir together.