It’s time to pick your poison! This Crow’s Blood Halloween Drink is a champagne cocktail that is made even more gruesome with the addition of the lychee eyeballs that garnish the bloody looking brew.
Halloween is the beginning of three months of non stop cooking, decorating and entertaining for me. My garden is being put to bed for the winter and I’m on the lookout for fun things to do as the year ends.
I really enjoy making Halloween cocktails. They are as much fun to put together as they are to drink! Here are a few more of my favorites:
- Witches brew Halloween cocktail – gummy worms draped over the side of a fruity drink add a spooky look to this drink.
- Dozens of Halloween cocktails with a witch theme – “double, double, toil and trouble,” anyone?
- Candy corn martini – layers of creamy and sweet goodness that looks like a favorite fall candy choice.
What is a champagne cocktail?
The classic champagne cocktail is one of the oldest of cocktails, dating back to the middle of the 1800s. The traditional drink consists of a sugar cube with bitters dropped into glass before topping it with cognac and then champagne.
Over time there have been many variations of the original champagne cocktail, and by the time of World War II, there were all sorts of combinations with champagne that bore little resemblance to the original cocktail.
Today, champagne cocktails are still very popular and available in in many forms. So, what is one to do when Halloween rolls around and we are looking to set a spooky mood with our champagne cocktail?
Why think blood, in the form of a crow’s blood champagne cocktail – a combination of cranberry juice and champagne.
The recipe also calls for sugar cubes and angostura bitters.Head on over to the Gardening Cook to see this week's Halloween drink - It's a Crow's Blood champagne cocktail with fun lychee eyeballs. This spooky cocktail is great for any Halloween garden and is super easy to make. 👻☠🎃😈👺🧟♀️🧛♀️ Click To Tweet
Making the crow’s blood Halloween drink
You’ll want to make sure that glass and both the cranberry juice and champagne have been chilled. The drink has no ice in it and starting with a cold glass and ingredients will make sure that it stays cold longer.
While the glass and ingredients are chilling, soak the sugar cubes in a few drops of angostura bitters.
The bitters add both color and depth of flavor to the drink, and the sugar cube adds some visual appeal as the champagne bubbles away around it.
When you are ready to make the drink, drop a sugar cube into each martini glass. Pour in 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and top with champagne, being sure to leave some room at the top of the glass for some bubbles and the garnish.
Making the lychee eyeball garnish
One of the fun things about Halloween cocktails are the weird and wonderful items that can be used to garnish them with. Fruits and vegetables can all be put to good use when coming up with ideas for Halloween cocktail garnishes.
Today, we’ll be using whole lychees and large black olives along with a bit of red food coloring to make pairs of gruesome bloodshot eyes.
The lychees have a large cavity in them that is the perfect size for the black olives. To make the eyeball, just stuff each whole lychee with an olive.
They are starting to look like eyes, but for Halloween, let’s go all out and give the eyeballs a bloodshot look. To do this, dab the edges of the lychees with a bit of red food coloring on a toothpick.
Warning! This part is messy. Some rubber gloves are in order if you don’t want to spend the next few days looking as though you have hands of a serial killer!
The food coloring on the eyeballs also adds a bit more red to the color of the drink, making it very blood-like.
These blood-shot lychee eyeballs are the perfect choice to garnish this eerie looking drink. Push a cocktail skewer through two of them and position them on top of the cocktail glass.
You can also just drop the eyeballs into the drink itself. This type of garnish is a good way to serve the drink if you to make the recipe as a punch for your Halloween party.
Guests can just scoop up the eyeballs and the crow’s blood champagne drink with a ladle and serve themselves.
This fun cocktail is super-simple to make with tangy cranberry, zesty bitters, sparkling champagne and a hint of sweetness from the sugar cube. With the addition of the hair-raising eyeball garnish, the drink adds a delicious – and spooky – touch to Halloween.
Serve the crow’s blood cocktail with some cranberry pecan crostini appetizers for a nice bite that pairs well with the drink.
Pin this crow’s blood Halloween drink for later.
Would you like a reminder of this Halloween champagne cocktail? Just pin this image to one of your Halloween boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
You can also watch the video on YouTube.
For another cranberry cocktail that could also be embellished with the lychee eyeballs, check out my grapefruit cranberry sea breeze cocktail.
- 2 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled
- 1 bottle of champagne, chilled
- 8 sugar cubes
- 16-32 drops of Angostura bitters (depends on how much you want to taste them in the drink.)
- 16 whole lychees, drained
- 16 black olives
- Red food coloring
- For each drink soak a sugar cube with a few drops of Angostura bitters.
- Drop the sugar cube into a martini glass.
- Pour in 1/4 cup of cranberry juice.
- Top with champagne, leaving an inch at the top for bubbles and room for the garnish.
- Garnish with lychee eyeballs and serve.
For the lychee eyeballs
- Drain lychees and stuff with whole black olives.
- Use some red food coloring on a toothpick to dab it on the outside of the olives to give the eyeballs a bloodshot look.
- Push a cocktail skewer through the eyeballs and position them on the top of the cocktail.
Chill the glasses before you make the drinks.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.