Halloween: Using Dry Ice for Party Drinks

October 24, 2010.   3 Comments.   Categories By Holiday, Cocktails, Halloween.   Tags , , , , , , , .


Halloween: Using Dry Ice for Party Drinks

Halloween and nothing looks spookier then a steaming caldron on your beverage
table.  To make your favorite
potion, you won’t have to cast a spell but you will need some dry ice.  Dry ice has long been used to create
creepy atmosphere at parties.  The
rolling mist it creates transforms an everyday cocktail or punch into a
bone-chilling brew.

Most grocery stores or fish departments will have dry ice.  Call around first to make sure your
local store uses it. Because it’s popular to use at Halloween, you may want to
try and reserve some in advance. When you find it, plan on picking it up just
before your event.  Dry ice won’t
keep long in your freezer.  It’s
frozen carbon dioxide and it will ultimately convert back to a gas without
proper storage.  Be very careful
when handling it.  Always wear
heavy-duty gloves, as dry ice is much colder then regular ice and can really
burn your skin.  Unless you
specifically ask for “food grade” dry ice, it is not safe to ingest or put
directly into beverages.  Always keep
it safely away from children and in an area that is well ventilated.  Inhaling large amounts of the fumes can
cause discomfort.

give your punch that graveyard affect, you’ll need two punch bowls – one larger
then the other.  Mix up your
favorite Halloween punch recipe in the smaller bowl. Add a few dry ice chunks
to the larger container and place the bowl filled with punch on top of the ice
in larger bowl.  Just before
serving your ghoulish guests, pour a little hot water on the dry ice until it
starts misting the desired amount.
For the maximum amount of spooky mist, make sure your punch is at room
temperature.  You do not need to
add regular ice to your punch either.
The dry ice will make it cold.

an extra special effect, add some “Shrunken Apple Heads” to your punch.  Seeing those little faces will give
your guests that extra jolt when they take a peek into the misty pot!


Shrunken Heads in Cider

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Recipe: Shrunken Apple Heads

  • 6-8
    Granny Smith apples
  • 1.5
    cups lemon juice
  • 2
    TBSP coarse salt
  • Whole
    cloves (enough to make “eyes”)


  1. Preheat
    oven to 250
  2. Line
    a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In
    a large bowl, mix lemon juice with salt.
  4. Peel
    apples and cut in half (through the stem) – remove seeds and core.
  5. Use
    a paring knife to carve your desired “face” on the rounded side of the apple
  6. Place
    all apples in lemon mixture for one minute. 
  7. Drain
    and allow to dry on paper towels.
  8. Place
    all apples “face side up” on baking sheet and place in oven
  9. Bake
    until apples are dry and just begin to lightly brown on the edges (about 90
  10. Remove
    apples and make the “eyes” by pressing whole cloves into eye socket area
  11. Float
    shrunken apple heads on top of punch in smaller bowl.

For more information on using dry ice, check out this website dedicated to dry ice!

Looking for a fun punch recipe?  Here are a few more punch and cider recipes for you to consider this Halloween!

Taste of Home:          Shrunken Heads and Citrus Cider

Canadian Living:      Shrunken Head Dried Apple Punch

Martha Stewart:       Shrunken Heads in Cider plus another 25 spooky cocktail and drink ideas

Martha Stewart:        Hot Spiced Concord Grape Punch

Kid Party Paradise:  Spooky Halloween Punch Recipes


  1. Hi there! Linked to you from a foodieblog email. Love your site! Great ideas and recipes for Halloween! You also take lovely photos.

  2. Hi Lauren! Thanks for stopping by…. a teenage Halloween party huh? I hope you’re not scarred for life! Please let me know how they like the punch and apple heads. You can also make these little heads and dry them out for household decorations. You would need to plan in advance as they can take days or even up to a couple of weeks to completely dry out. Essentially, you follow the recipe but you can let them dry out – then hang or put them on sticks. You can get creative with decorating them… use long grain rice for teeth, etc. Happy Halloween!

  3. These shrunken heads are so creepy but absolutely perfect for Halloween. Now that my kids are teenagers I am no longer afraid of scarring them for life. I am letting them have a Halloween party this year and I think this might be the perfect idea. I have been looking for Halloween Recipes to make for them that are fun without being too cheesy. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing recipes but finding recipes that actually impress my teenagers is a challenge. Thanks for the great idea, I think they are going to love it!

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