Halloween is here and it's time to enjoy a healthy Halloween drink! With Halloween just around the corner, people are looking for unique and spooky ways to celebrate the holiday. One such way is by incorporating dry ice into their drinks to create an eerie and mysterious effect.
Making a Healthy Halloween Drink
Do you get to be in charge of the Halloween party at your kids school this year? I seem to always get volunteered by my son who casually slips into a conversation with the room mom that I am happy to be in charge of food or games. Then the call comes. One year as a first year elected volunteer I asked the room mom seriously if I got reimbursed for party costs or if I had a specific budget that had been allotted for the class of 27 kids. She gave me the look and replied with an answer that went along the lines of "your pocketbook."
So how do you throw a fun kids party for not very much money? And more importantly, how do you do it and not add to the sugary fiesta that ultimately ensues with 27 kids who have had nothing to eat all day but sugar?
This year we are opting to bring some fun to our party with a hauntingly healthy Halloween drink. You will probably see this recipe floating around the web on other sites but most use Kool Aid. And even though that is the cheapest option sugar + artificial dyes + artificial flavors = disaster kid.
Our recipe uses several different healthier options to make sure your kids enjoy a fun and healthy Halloween drink.
To make a dry ice Halloween drink, you will need the following materials:
- Dry ice
- A plastic container to hold the dry ice (such as a small cooler)
- A large punch bowl or individual glasses
- Your chosen drink recipe
What is Dry Ice?
Dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide that is extremely cold and sublimates (turns into gas) at -78.5°C (-109.3°F). When added to a liquid, it creates a fog-like effect that adds an element of surprise and excitement to any drink. However, it is important to handle dry ice with care as it can cause burns and should never be ingested.
Once you have gathered your materials, follow these steps to make your dry ice Halloween drink:
- Purchase dry ice from a local supplier or grocery store. It is important to handle dry ice with gloves or tongs to avoid skin contact.
- Place the dry ice in a plastic container, making sure that it is not touching any part of the punch bowl or glasses.
- Pour your chosen drink into the punch bowl or glasses.
- Using tongs, place small pieces of dry ice into the drink. The dry ice will begin to sublimate, creating a fog-like effect.
- Stir the drink gently to distribute the fog evenly.
It is important to note that dry ice should never be ingested. Wait until the dry ice has completely dissolved before serving the drink. Additionally, do not handle dry ice with bare hands, as it can cause severe burns.
There are many different types of Halloween drinks that can be made with dry ice, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Here are a few ideas:
- Spooky Punch: Mix orange juice, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and grenadine (optional) in a punch bowl. Add dry ice for a spooky effect.
- Witches Brew: Mix together grape juice, lemon-lime soda, and green food coloring. Add dry ice to create a bubbling cauldron effect.
- Vampire’s Blood: Mix cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, and a splash of grenadine (optional). Add dry ice for a smoky effect.
- Natural or Organic Juice--Cranberry for Red, Blueberry for Blue, or White Grape or Apple
- Dry Ice (1 pound of dry ice per gallon of juice)
- Vegetable Based Food Dyes (optional) We rotate between Nature's Flavors and India Tree
- Pour the juice into a large bowl. Stir in some natural food dyes if desired.
- To serve, place dry ice into bowl.
- 1 pound of dry ice in one gallon of juice will last approximately one hour
Dry ice can be purchased for $1-2 per pound at stores carrying dry ice. You can find dry ice by going to the site www.dryicedirectory.com Use tongs and oven mitts when handling dry ice. Dry ice can burn your skin. Do not eat dry ice.
This post contains an affiliate link to Nature's Flavors. We were given product to sample, however our opinion of the products are our own.
Emma @ P is for Preschooler
This is just awesome! I love how that it's a healthier version too. And what kid (and many adults!) wouldn't love to drink a "potion"?