Halloween party punch is the boozy version of classic candy corn
"Who doesn't love candy corn?" Dare I raise my hand?
Someone asked this question amongst friends one evening while standing in the kitchenette area of my home. More than one dish filled with candy corn surrounded us, along with orange, yellow and white Halloween decor — including my mini terra cotta pots and my pumpkin trio tower, both created to resemble candy corn.
By the looks of it, I love candy corn. In actuality, I have a love/hate relationship with candy corn. If you are wondering, I did not confess to not loving the orange and yellow, white tipped candy.
My love of candy corn includes the festive colors, the Halloween tradition and the memory of my grandmother refusing to buy candy corn or those pink wintergreen lozenges unless they were made by Brach's.
Eating the sugary, syrupy, wax-like candy created to resemble kernels of corn? No, thank you. As much as I love the look, the tradition and the memories, I do not like the waxy coating or super-sweet flavor of candy corn at all.
Let me tell you what I do like: pineapple juice, orange juice and rum. I especially like coconut rum. Those four ingredients mixed together create a cocktail that I really like. That cocktail poured into a sugar-rimmed glass and topped with grenadine creates a festive Halloween cocktail that shares the same colors of candy corn. In my opinion, it tastes so much better than candy corn.
Halloween party punch recipe
- 2-1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2-1/2 ounces orange juice
- 1 ounce gold rum
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- Grenadine (a splash or two)
- White sugar
- Optional: Cut pineapple and orange as garnish
- Pour a few tablespoons of white sugar into a shallow bowl or a plate with an edge.
- Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with an orange wedge or water.
- Dip the glass into the sugar and rotate the glass until the rim of it is covered with sugar.
- Set the glass aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, add pineapple juice, orange juice, gold rum, coconut rum and a couple of ice cubes.
- Shake until mixed and chilled.
- Pour cocktail into the prepared glass.
- Add a splash or two of grenadine, then garnish with a pineapple wedge and an orange wedge.
Beautiful! The grenadine will make its way to the bottom of the glass, which creates the color orange, topped with a layer of the color yellow and then a white sugared rim. The three colors of candy corn make a Halloween Party Punch that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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