This deep purple beverage, made with fruit juice and hibiscus tea, is a refreshing Halloween punch to serve to adults and kids alike. Spike it with vodka or another clear liquor for an adults-only libation.
I’m calling this spooky Halloween punch the Purple People Eater.
Do you remember the song?
It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater…sure looks strange to me.
I wasn’t expecting this purple result when I mixed up this hibiscus punch recipe, which I adapted from a magazine. I thought it would be a pale pink color.
But just like Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory experiments, this one went wrong in the best (worst?) kind of way! And just in time for Halloween, too.
This punch tastes delicious, and the deep purple color is divine!
The original hibiscus punch recipe called for a blend of grapefruit juice, orange juice and hibiscus tea. But because my husband takes a prescription that interacts with grapefruit juice, I substituted pineapple juice instead.
The result was this Purple People Eater Halloween Punch.
Insert mad scientist cackle here!
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Serve the purple punch in a spooky glass and garnish with a plastic eyeball. I used a glass flask and a purple bottle to serve my punch, but you could also serve it over dry ice in a Halloween punch bowl.
Sometimes props and presentation are everything when it comes to creating Halloween treats, drinks and cocktails.
How to Make Purple People Eater Halloween Punch
You’ll find the complete recipe, including exact measurements, for the purple Halloween punch at the end of this post. Plus, you don’t want to miss the witches brew cocktail my friend Michelle is sharing on her blog.
To make the Purple People Eater Punch, you will need:
- fresh ginger
- orange juice
- pineapple juice
- hibiscus tea (I used Tadin brand)
- fine mesh strainer
Combine sugar, minced ginger, cloves and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves, about a minute.
Remove from the heat and add four teabags to the mixture. Allow to steep until cool, then strain into a large pitcher. Add orange juice and pineapple juice and chill before serving.
This recipe makes eight servings of nonalcoholic Halloween punch.
Can I make a Halloween alcoholic punch with this recipe?
If you’re looking for an alcoholic drink to serve for Halloween, you can definitely spike this punch. I recommend using vodka, as it will pair well with the fruit juices used in this punch. How much liquor to add is up to you.
If you’re looking for other Halloween cocktails, my friend Michelle from Our Crafty Mom is sharing a delicious one on her blog today.
My Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail is another great choice for a boozy Halloween drink.
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- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 TBS fresh ginger minced
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
- 4 hibiscus tea bags
Combine sugar, minced ginger, cloves and water in a saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves, about a minute.
Remove from the heat and add four hibiscus teabags.
Allow the tea bags to steep until the liquid cools, and then discard them.
Strain the punch into a large pitcher, removing the cloves and minced ginger.
Add orange juice and pineapple juice and chill before serving.
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
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