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    Halloween Spirits

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

    With the spookiest night of the year creeping up on us, I'd been searching for some festive food to prepare on All Hallows Eve. The menu came together quickly enough, but once we were invited to a Halloween gathering hosted by family friends, we agreed to put it aside until next year. How could we say no to sharing an evening of frightful fun with all of our friends? The children certainly didn't think it was an option!

    The plans are to enjoy an early evening meal then head out with the children for tricks and treats. We'll return home with plenty of time to open our own doors to the neighborhood ghouls, superheros, and princesses.

    To get us all through a chilling Halloween night, however, I decided that spirits are just what we need while the Trick or Treater's come and go. Here are two drink recipes that will give us thrills while ghosts and goblins give us chills!



    Bloodthirsty Mary's
    Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

    ~3 cups tomato juice
    ~3 tablespoons freshly grated or drained prepared horseradish, plus more for garnish
    ~1/2 cup vodka
    ~2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
    ~2 tablespoons soy sauce
    ~Juice of 1 lemon
    ~1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    ~Hot sauce, such as tabasco
    ~Celery stalks, for garnish
    ~Scallions, dark-green parts only, for garnish


    1. In a pitcher, stir together tomato juice, horseradish, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

    2. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with horseradish, celery, and scallions, as desired



    Cemetery Punch
    Courtesy of HGTV

    ~2 liters diet root beer
    ~24 gummy worms, plus more if desired
    ~1 pint low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
    ~1 pint low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt


    1.Arrange the gummy worms in a 12-compartment ice tray, letting them hang out over the edges of the tray. Fill with root beer and freeze at least four hours or overnight.

    2.With a small ice cream scoop, fill the bottom of a one-gallon punch bowl with scoops of both frozen yogurts, using the full container of each. Very slowly fill the punch bowl with root beer, which will foam up to create the "slime."

    3.Float the wormy ice cubes on top of the punch. Fill each punch cup with a scoop of ice cream and an ice cube. Float additional worms on top of the punch or in each glass.

    What will be your poison this Halloween?