Halloween tends to mean a party for people my age, but finding good cocktails to serve can be a challenge. Many liquors are expensive and some cocktails are hard to make. A lot of Halloween-specific cocktail recipes I find online… well, they don’t taste super good. Maybe living in a neighborhoodÂ home to several outstanding drink menusÂ has raised my internal cocktail bar (ha!!!), but I haveÂ definitelyÂ lost my taste for “girly drinks” in recent years.
That being said, my husband helped me come up with this drink recipe, and neither of us are professional mixologists. I will say that this drink is significantly tastier than drinks like the brain shots made with Bailey’s and grenadine I have tried in years past.
one lime + 1 optional lime wedge for garnish
With several hours until serving, peel a bunch of green grapes. I recommend blanching them before you attempt peeling to make it go easier. You only need to dip the grapes in boiling water for a few seconds and rinse them in cold water. Carefully peel the skins with a paring knife or your fingernails. Then, line a shallow dish with a napkin and freeze your peeled grapes until solid.
When you’re ready to entertain, mix up your cocktails. Combine the juice of one lime, 1 jigger of rum, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a wine or tom collins glass. Top with champagne and two frozen grapes. Garnish with a fresh grape and lime wedge if you’d like.
As your guests finish their drinks, they’ll find a cute surprise at the bottom of their glasses! The cloudiness of the fresh lime juice hides the grapes for the most part in this cocktail. The frozen grapes serve a double purpose – they help keep the cocktails cool as well as look like a couple of eye balls. An easy cocktail that incorporates some old school Halloween entertainment and isn’t gross!