Monday, October 25, 2010

Candy Corn Cordial and Swamp Juice. Say what?

Halloween is without a doubt one of my husband's favorite holidays. Of course my kids love it as well, but that is a given considering the bags of candy they always drag home. I, on the other hand didn't know about Halloween until I met my husband. It wasn't celebrated in Germany, even though I've come to find out that it is starting to become a custom for many people there as well. Over the years, and probably in part because of my kids and husbands enthusiasm, I have come to love this holiday just as much. Join me this week as I'm featuring "howl-worthy" recipes for kids and adults alike. Maybe you are still looking for a few ideas to put the finishing touches on your own Halloween party or maybe you are just looking for fun. In any instance, I'm hoping you enjoy some of these holiday treats!

I'm kicking my Halloween week off with a couple of drinks. One is for all the adults and the other is for the kids, designated drivers, or those that like a good swamp juice. Either way, they are a great way to get your party started. First up a candy corn inspired cordial that is certainly beautiful to look at and even better to sip. Vodka is infused with candy corn for a few hours which imparts the great color scheme. Your vodka won't be tasting exactly like candy corn, but it will add a good amount of sweetness. The colored liquor is then mixed with Grand Marnier, lemon juice and a splash of lemon-lime soda for a bit of fizz.

Next up is the green tinted swamp juice. This drink is a hit with kids and adults alike. Lime jello is dissolved in hot water before being mixed with pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate and lastly a splash of ginger ale. Yellow and blue food coloring assure the perfect color and while I usually don't advocate artificially colored food, Halloween is one of the few exceptions I make. Decorate these drinks with gummy worms or go ahead and freeze little gummy critters in an ice cube tray and drop them into your swamp juice for a "gross" affect.

Both of these drinks are easy to make ahead. Making a big pitcher or punch bowl will free up your hands and makes it easy to mingle instead of playing bartender. All that's left to do when your guests arrive is the splash of soda. Even if you are not planning a party this year, you might be able to surprise your loved ones with one of these drinks and get everyone involved into a ghoulish mood!

Candy Corn Cordial
~Makes 4 drinks~

For the infused vodka:
1/2 cup candy corn
1 1/2 cup vodka

For the cordials:
Infused vodka
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Juice of 1 Lemon
Lemon-Lime Soda
Candy Corn, for garnish

Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.

Make the cordials: Combine the infused vodka, orange liquor and lemon juice in a large measuring cup, add a splash of lemon-lime soda and stir. Pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.

Adapted from:

Swamp Juice
~makes 20 servings~

2 (3 ounce) packages lime flavored gelatin mix
1 quart hot water
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
2 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
4 cups cold water
yellow and blue food coloring, optional
2 liters ginger ale
gummy worms, for garnish

Dissolve gelatin in 1 quart of hot water. Allow to cool.
When gelatin is cool, pour into a large punch bowl. Stir in pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate and cold water. Add food coloring (if desired) until preferred color is reached (start with a couple of drops of each). Pour in ginger ale just before serving. Garnish with gummy worms.

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  1. These are really cool cocktail recipe ideas for Halloween. I'll be throwing out a party and I'm just completing my cocktail list. Of course, vodka is at the top of the list, being a personal favorite. I also have pomegranate martini for some reds and a black martini recipe I read somewhere which is really awesome looking. I think the the candy corn cordial will be a great addition.

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  2. I love that you are going to be posting Halloween recipes this week! There are so many wonderful Halloween recipes and they are so much fun to share. Both of these drinks are festive and fun! I love the idea of infusing vodka with candy corn. And that swamp juice is super cute for the kids. Great post!

  3. OH MY! The swamp juice has me jumping for joy! I am saving this recipe for next year when my itty bitty will be able to drink this from a cup. I love the concept of the candy corn cordial also! Great recipes to kick off the Halloween pre-week!

  4. No, I think they sound great! We love to make fun Halloween beverages. The candycorn infused vodka is priceless!

  5. Susi, celebrate it or not, I just love these cocktails! They look simply appealing!

  6. I didn't know Halloween either when I was a kid. I have started to really experience it here in the US and now it's kind of celebrated in Italy too. I'm still not into it. I haven't prepared a post with halloween cupcakes and bars but boy, your drinks look soooo much fun.

  7. Haha, I love it! I've never hosted a Halloween party before, but maybe the BH and I will make these to sip while the kiddos come T or Ting around our house-- a few of those, and we'd REALLY scare 'em!

  8. The swamp juice looks a little scary to me. I know that my kids would love it. I will take the recipe to try. We will be having a big Birthday Halloween Party at our house this weekend. Looking forward to all of your recipes this week.

  9. Those recipes sound delicious, and those pics look fantastic!

  10. the colors of these cocktail are amazing!
    I think the taste is excellent too! :D

  11. I love the candy corn cordial, although I think the swamp juice would be tasty too! The kids would love it, I'm having a party on Sat. I'll have to make them a batch! Thanks for the idea! I love Halloween too!

  12. Those are fun colors. I can't wait to see what Halloweeny things you cook up this week.

  13. These are sooo stinkin' cool! The green swamp juice is especially awesome! It looks so the best way. Super creative Susi! I love it. OH! and your profile pic actually scared me for a second! (I am a big wienie though;)

  14. These are such creative cocktails! I won't be having a party for Halloween, but these make me wish I was! Thanks for sharing, Susi, and for your kind comments on my blog.

  15. Wow, I've never in my life been so creative with drinks! The colors are so entrancing I think I'd just stare at my glass for hours (like you'd do with a lava lamp).

  16. Susi, you are talking my language with your Halloween spirits. I am really liking the adult version of the cocktails. Both cocktails are great for entertaining-love it.

  17. The candy corn cordial sounds fabulous! Great Halloween drinks :)!

  18. A perfect way to host a spirited Halloween party for the adults. Love the colors, and the candy corn too!

  19. Love them both!!! The candy corn infused vodka looked really interesting... never heard of anything like that. As I'm not much of a sweet/candy person I'm not sure that the Swamp Juice is for me... but I know a little girl who would love it!

  20. Swamp juice is the coolest name ever for a drink. And the gummy worms make me love it even more!

  21. This is so fun, Susi! I love that you are doing this little Halloween week. Fantastic pictures too.

  22. I love both of these Susi! Everyone should drink a giant glass of swamp juice on Halloween to get in the holiday spirit!

  23. Fun :) and great colours! well done :)

  24. Great Halloween drinks, even for the designated driver. Our neighbors are having a party, so we'll be walking:) Happy Halloween!

  25. the colors are so vibrant and so "Halloween-ny" :)

  26. These are awesome! I'd be so excited to walk into a party and see these drinks being served.

  27. Oh yeah, Halloween is definitely the main time of year that we bring out the food coloring in everything to make it festive. My kids love Naked Juice's Green Machine - totally looks like authentic swamp juice without the food coloring!

  28. I love the creativity in life! The subtle colors. I think I just want to watch the wonderfully juice
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