Oh my god, I am so excited for Halloween! Can you tell? In fact, I’m that excited that I decided to buy in some dry ice to play around with – and well, the results were so worth the money, don’t ya think? Anyway, there’s often a lot of fun things on the menu in my house for Halloween – witches fingers, zombie guts, and brain snacks but what I often forget to make are some spooky drinks. Usually, I whip up a quick black lemonade but this year I wanted to make something creepy, fun and a bit gourmand – Eyeball Punch made 2 different ways.
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I opted for Zombie Punch, a combination of; apple and elderflower, matcha, and bergamot and Blood Punch which is a fun concoction of pineapple, pomegranate, beetroot, and ginger, all pepped up with a bit of Lion’s Mane mushroom. I figured that after all the (clean) sugar I’d need a good detox thanks to some delicious Organic Ceremonial Matcha from Hybrid Herbs, as well as a little Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract to boost my energy and brain function. Which, let’s be honest, with kids running hyped up on all sorts of shit I, and most parents will be in dire need of.
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I was pretty shocked that Anya liked both of these punches, although after a while I think she found the Zombie Punch slightly too bitter, however the Blood Punch she was all over like a blood-sucking vampire. So, you can rest assured that your little ones will at least get a tiny shot of vitamins and antioxidants from these spooky but delicious drinks. And, if you’ve still got some leftover at the end of the night then you can always add a shot of your favourite booze. I’d recommend gin or tequila (made from 100% agave) for the Zombie Punch and a good quality rum for the Blood Punch.
You’ll be doing the Monster Mash after drinking this Eyeball Punch. Made 2 fun ways; Zombie Punch featuring bergamot and matcha, and Blood Punch with pomegranate and Lion’s Mane.
If you’re looking to achieve the smokey effect as I have in the photos you’ll need to purchase some dry ice pellets. I bought mine from a company called Chillistick (not an ad) along with their Ice Cage for use in a large punch bowl and their Chillisticks for use in single drinks. You absolutely must use these as dry ice is not safe for consumption – you could literally get internal frostbite and it is produced using chemicals too. So, even when you’re handling dry ice you have to wear gloves otherwise you risk severe burns. It’s worth noting that Chillistick usually supply gloves but have donated theirs to hospitals due to covid so make sure you buy your own in advance.
A little more dry ice advice – if you want to purchase it’s best to order in advance for the date you want it to arrive, dry ice does not last long at all and you can lose 2kg per day. It’s best to go for the enhanced delivery option – so if you order 2.5kg you’ll actually be getting 4.5kg. You then need to keep it in the insulated box. If it’s still sealed it’s safe inside a domestic freezer but do not store it out of the packaging as it will destroy your freezer! If you can’t do this keep it in the box, throw a blanket over it and store it in the garage or outside overnight.
Anyway, back to this beautiful punch with awesome lychee and blueberry eyeballs. It will take you 10 minutes to make, even less with an eyeball helper, and it’s packed full of delicious juiciness. So, without further a-spooky-do check out my recipe for Eyeball Punch 2 Ways and you’ll be doing the Monster Mash in no time! Be sure to leave me a little comment below to let me know what you’re dressing up as for Halloween, and what’s on your spooky menu too?
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- 2 x 425g tins lychees in light syrup or juice (syrup reserved)
- 150g large blueberries (fresh/frozen)
- 500ml apple and elderflower juice
- 1 tbsp Hybrid Herbs Organic Ceremonial Matcha
- 1 slice bergamot peel
- 200ml lychee syrup
- Juice of 1 bergamot
- 500ml sparkling mineral water
- 300ml pineapple juice
- 250ml pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp Hybrid Herbs Lion's Mane Extract
- Thumb size piece of root ginger (peeled)
- 250ml beetroot juice
- 100ml lychee syrup
- 500ml sparkling mineral water
- Start by making your eyeballs. Drain the 2 tins of lychees, reserving the syrup/juice, then place into a large bowl. Insert a blueberry into the cavity of each lychee keeping the part of the blueberry where the stem would have been facing out. Repeat until all lychees have been filled.
- To make the Zombie Punch place the apple and elderflower juice, matcha, and bergamot peel into a bullet-style blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve into a suitable container then add the remaining ingredients and stir. Set to one side.
- For the Blood Punch place the pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, Lion's Mane powder, and root ginger into a bullet-style blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve into a suitable container then add the remaining ingredients and stir. Set to one side.
- To serve either divide the eyeballs between the serving containers or add a few eyeballs to highball glasses and pour over the punch of choice.
If you can't get hold of bergamot then use a lime instead, it will still be scrumptious! Again with beetroot juice you can sub for more pomegranate juice instead, or even cranberry juice for something a little more tart.