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Homemade cocktail "critters" ensure you never have to drink alone

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Lemon wedges? Boring. DIY cocktail "critters"? Much better.

Here are three easy ideas for cocktail critters that will put the "happy" into your next cocktail hour.

Create an octopus that spans your margarita glass with a simple lime. Make a crocodile crawl from your bloody mary with an Anaheim pepper. And shape an olive-biting snake for your martini with a yellow bell pepper. You'll never have to feel bad about drinking alone again. Now that's a happy hour.

Homemade cocktail “critters” ensure you never have to drink alone

1. Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Octopus cocktail critters

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Margarita glass
  • Limes
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Drink umbrella (for added garnish)
  • Sharp paring knife or X-Acto knife

Directions:

  1. Using an X-Acto knife or sharp paring knife, cut 8 wavy octopus arms. Start in the middle of the lime, and cut to the bottom.
  2. Gently pull the cut rind arms away from the lime, and spread them out.
  3. Carefully cut off the bottom half of the lime, leaving a flat bottom.
  4. Cut slits for the eyes, and insert black-eyed peas.
  5. Prepare and pour your margarita into the glass. Spread the lime octopus arms over the edge of the glass. Insert a tiny drink umbrella into one of the octopus's hands if you wish.

2. Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Crocodile cocktail critters

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Tall cocktail glass
  • Anaheim peppers
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Leafy celery stalks (for added garnish)
  • Sharp paring knife or X-Acto knife

Directions:

  1. If possible, select a pepper that has a slight bend at the bottom for the crocodile's head. Slice the tip to make the crocodile's mouth. (To keep the mouth wedged open, insert another small piece of pepper into the back of the head.)
  2. Cut half-moon slits in the top for the eyes. Gently bend them upward, and insert black-eyed peas for pupils.
  3. Using another Anaheim pepper, cut the bottom pointed tip off. Slice this piece in half, and cut the ends to look like claws.
  4. Make slits into the sides of the crocodile pepper, and insert the pointed ends of the arms.
  5. Prepare and pour your bloody mary cocktail into a tall glass. Garnish with leafy celery, and insert your pepper crocodile as if he's crawling out of the glass.

3. Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Snake cocktail critters

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Martini glass
  • Olives on a skewer
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Sharp paring knife or X-Acto knife

Directions:

  1. Starting at the top of one of the pepper bumps, cut a long, spiral strip of yellow pepper, ending at the bottom.
  2. Make a slice in the top of the head for the snake's mouth.
  3. Cut slits into the head, and insert black-eyed peas for eyes.
  4. Prepare and pour your martini into the glass. Skewer olives onto a toothpick, and lay it across the martini glass. To make the snake head look like it's biting into one of the olives, secure it in place with a small piece of toothpick inside the mouth.

More fun with food

Candy-coated strawberry bikini bites
Edible cookie purses
Fantastical Fruit Roll-Ups flowers

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