Okay, you guys, I have (yet another) confession to make:
I am totally one of” those” people who see September 1st as the gateway to all things fall.
So, yes, I am that person in your Facebook feed who is beside themselves excited about the onslaught of pumpkin recipes.
I am part of the reason why stores start stocking holiday decorations six weeks too early.
And I’m also that person who will share this meme every year, like clockwork. Because it’s true.
So it really should come as no surprise that I’m posting a Halloween recipe right at the beginning of September, because, c’mon. It’s Halloween we’re talking about here. The longer I have an excuse to celebrate, the better!
And besides, posting festive drinks has sort of become my “thing” during the holiday months. In 2015, I had two great fall/Halloween drink recipes that did really well (Purple People Eater Cocktail and Orange Creamsicle Cocktail) so I guess this recipe for Witch’s Brew is just me keeping up with tradition.
Because, really, who am I to mess with tradition?
Aside from the obvious festive Halloween appeal, my favorite part of this recipe is the very thing that gives this drink its hue: the green jello.
It’s a simple ingredient, but the potent color looks beautiful in any kind of clear glass.
Plus, some pretty cool things happen when you mix jello and carbonated soda. The fizz is intensified, making it extra frothy top, which is like the standard protocol for any spooky drink. Plus, the bubbles in the soda make the jello move around, causing the drink look like it’s in motion.
And how perfect is that for a creepy holiday party?
So when it comes to our Halloween plans this year, I’ll have a tough decision:
Will be a toughie!
Can you serve this dink in a dispenser with a spout?
Readers have asked this question many times before, and sadly, I have some bad news.
Because of the texture and nature of the jello, I would not recommend passing this drink through a spout. At times the jello will “settle” at the bottom of the container and possibly get stuck in the spout. This also means that this drink is best when it’s easy to stir it a little before serving, which isn’t always possible with some of the cute dispenser jars.
So for the best results, serve this drink in a bowl with a ladle for serving or in a tall pitcher.
Notes & tips for this witches brew
- Every year I have a reader ask where I got the beaker glasses shown in these pictures, and sadly, every year I’m not able to find a link to them online. I originally bought them in the $5 bin area in Target (they were actually $3 a beaker), but their website doesn’t have a link to them and I don’t think Target stocks the same inventory each year. SO, if you’re on the hunt for some fun glasses to serve this drink in, I’d suggest checking craft store holiday displays (like Michaels) or searching your favorite online store for things like “beaker glasses”, “chemistry set glasses,” or “potion bottles.”
More great Halloween recipes
Fully prepare lime jello per package instructions. Use a fork to break jello apart into small pieces (small enough to fit through a straw) then add crushed jello to a large pitcher of your choice (should be at least 1 liter or larger).
- Add pineapple juice and vodka to pitcher, then stir.
When ready to serve, add Sprite until the pitcher is full. For best results, pour lemon-lime soda from a higher distance than you normally would so that there's extra fizz on top of the drink. Serve immediately.