I’m a scary movie junky. One of my all-too-common guilty pleasures is curling up alone on the couch at 3am, eyes-wide-shut, as the words, “Based on true events” slowly scroll across the screen. For me, it’s all about the entertainment. So consequently, it’s no surprise that Halloween is my favorite time of the year. The horror movies, the candy, the costumes, and of course . . . the parties. And what better way to entertain your guests than with a spooky pumpkin punch? Served, naturally, out of a creepy giant steaming pumpkin. Honestly, to die for!!
Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.
For the punch
For the spiced syrup
- Add the spices to a small saucepan over medium heat. Shake the spices back and forth so that they do not burn.
- As soon as the spices become toasty and aromatic add the water and sugar. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- cool to room temperature before using.
For the punch
- In a large bowl, add the spiced rum, orange juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup and pumpkin puree. Stir to combine.
- Once combined, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
- Meanwhile, place a large bowl into your hollowed pumpkin. Be sure your bowl is safe to handle dry ice. I used a metal bowl. Next, use tongs to fill the bottom of the bowl with dry ice, and cover with a slightly smaller bowl. This bowl will hold your punch. Again, make sure both bowls are safe for dry ice. Certain materials will shatter when exposed to dry ice.
- Pour the mixture into the punchbowl. Add the sparkling water and stir to combine.
- Now for the fun part. Carefully pour hot water into the bottom bowl so that it contacts the dry ice, thus activating the vapors.
- Guests can ladle the punch into their glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Remember to give it a stir as you serve, as the ingredients will naturally separate over time.
NOTESThe length of time the smoky effect will last depends on how much dry ice you use, how hot the water is, and consequently how quickly the ice melts. To keep the effect going you will need to replenish the dry ice as it melts.
(images by HonestlyYUM)