This punch recipe shared with us by Food Network.com is a spookified version of a classic rickey. It’s a refreshing drink for kids after a long night of trick-or-treating. Just add some gin, and it’s an equally delicious after-dark cocktail for the adults.
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BLUEBERRY RICKETY EYEBALL PUNCH
Prep Time: 10 min.
Inactive Time: 1 hour
12-24 fresh blueberries
12 canned lychees in syrup, drained, plus 5-6 Tbsps. syrup from the can
3 cups blueberry juice cocktail
⅓ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 cups sparkling water
¾ cup gin (optional)
1. Stick 1-2 blueberries, depending on their size, into the cavity of each lychee. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and freeze, about 1 hour. (Wait until the eyeballs thaw a bit before eating, so that you don’t choke on them).
2. Stir together 5 Tbsps. of the lychee syrup, the blueberry juice and lime juice in a bowl or pitcher until combined.
3. Stir in the sparkling water and add the lychee eyeballs. If it is a bit tart for your taste, add the remaining Tbsp. syrup.
4. Serve in tall glasses over ice, spooning the lychee eyeballs into the glasses as you pour.
Note: For a grown-up twist, stir in the gin before adding the sparkling water.