“Bloody” Halloween party punch

“Bloody” Halloween party punch (Wendy Goodfriend)

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Way better than a bottle of fruit punch, this fizzy sweet-tart welcoming drink is made with tangy cranberry juice, fizzy blood orange soda, and pureed frozen strawberries, which add sweetness and texture. Pour it into a large footed glass bowl or even a trifle dish and top it off with sparkling water and plenty of ice.

If you are feeling extra ghoulish, and for an adults-only Halloween bash, add 16 fl oz of vodka or gin to the mix.

Decorate your big bowl of fruit blood-punch with a small block of dry ice (if you can find it), which will cause your punch to look eerily fiendish. Plastic spider rings, gummy worms, or other terrifying creatures of the night can be used to decorate the rims of the bowl and the surrounding table.

Don’t forget to put out plenty of cups and a ladle!

Foamy “Bloody” party punch
Foamy “Bloody” party punch (Wendy Goodfriend)

“Bloody” Halloween Party Punch

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts of punch

    Ingredients:

  • 1 10-oz bag frozen strawberries
  • 1 32-fl oz bottle cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 25-fl oz bottle blood orange soda, chilled
  • About 12 fl oz sparkling water or to taste, chilled
  • Ice cubes
Ingredients for “Bloody” party punch
Ingredients for “Bloody” party punch (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Instructions:

  1. In a blender, blend together the strawberries with the cranberry juice until smooth.
  2. In a blender, blend together the strawberries with the cranberry juice until smooth.
    In a blender, blend together the strawberries with the cranberry juice until smooth. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  3. Pour into a punch bowl. Add the orange soda and sparkling water, stir gently to mix.
  4. Pour into a punch bowl.
    Pour into a punch bowl. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Add the orange soda and sparkling water, stir gently to mix.
    Add the orange soda and sparkling water, stir gently to mix. (Wendy Goodfriend)
  5. Add the ice cubes and garnish the bowl with terrifying creatures of the night. Serve.
  6. Add the ice cubes and garnish the bowl with terrifying creatures of the night.
    Add the ice cubes and garnish the bowl with terrifying creatures of the night. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    Serve the “Bloody” Halloween Party Punch.
    Serve the “Bloody” Halloween Party Punch. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Author

Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.

Author

Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.