Got your Halloween bash planned down to the last motion-activated mummy? Great, but what about ice for that bubbling cauldron of witches’ brew? Boring bagged ice is a buzzkill. Don’t despair: There’s still time to freeze a trio of spooky cubes for filling your punch bowl.
These bewitching ice creations don’t require fancy tools or sinisterly-shaped ice trays. A few drops of black food coloring, a beaker of blood-hued juice and an oversized edible eyeball are easy to prep and will give your guests—and their drinks—the chills as the night creeps on.
BLOOD ‘N BONE
Do you prefer your bloody libations O positive or B negative? Blood orange juice serves as an uncanny substitute for the real thing in these devilish “blood” and cream cocktail cubes. Pair them with the citrus- and Aperol-spiked Boat House Punch and watch as they melt into eerie red oblivion.
Blood & Cream Cubes
- Blood orange juice (or pomegranate juice)
- Coconut milk (or half and half)
Fill an ice cube tray with blood orange juice until half of the way full. Freeze until the liquid is mostly solid, then pour in coconut milk until full. (A little co-mingling of the blood and cream layers is fine). Freeze again until complete solid.
Stand back: Ghoulish grabbers reach out for you from the punch bowl, bobbing just below the murky surface. Float the ink-black appendages in spiced Jack-o-Lantern Punch, a fitting partner for wicked drinking deeds.
Black Ice Hands
- 2 powder-free latex gloves
- Black food coloring
Fill each glove with water to the wrist, then drop in 3-4 drops of black food coloring and shake glove to disperse the dye. Once the water turns black, tie each glove off tightly and place in the freezer. After the gloves are fully frozen, carefully cut them away from the ice with a pair of sharp scissors.
Nothing screams Halloween like a cycloptic punch bowl. Serve this king-sized evil eye inside the double rum–based Rainbow Planter’s Punch and toast to a party well-spooked.
Eyeball Punch Ring
- Glass bowl (1 quart)
- Black gumdrop (or black jellybean)
- Pineapple ring
- Thin red licorice strings
Slice a thin round of kiwi and cut out the white middle portion. Slice the top off of a black gumdrop and place it in the center of the kiwi as the pupil. Place the kiwi in the bottom of the bowl and layer a pineapple ring over it. Cut thin slits around the edge of the pineapple ring and fit three to five thin licorice strings inside them, running the licorice up the sides of the bowl and draping over the edge.
Place the bowl carefully in the freezer and gently fill with 1/3 inch of water, just enough to reach the middle of the pineapple. Place a small weighted bowl on top of the pineapple to keep the fruit in place. Freeze for 25 minutes and then add more water to nearly the top of the small weighted bowl, being careful not to displace the licorice strings around the sides. Freeze for several hours until solid.
Remove the small bowl from the middle of the ice ring and fill in the remaining hole with water. Freeze again until solid. To remove the ice ring, run the bottom of the bowl under warm water until the ice slides out.
Dust off your party equipment. Start stocking the bar. Call—or text—your pals: It’s Party Season, the perfect time of year to show off your well-honed hosting skills and bring all your favorite people together.