Spooky Pumpkin Punch is a playfully delicious Halloween drink to serve up this fall.
Orchard-fresh apple cider is mixed with sweet pear juice, spiced pumpkin butter, cranberries, and thinly sliced apples. Pour bubbly ginger beer over the top and add some cinnamon sticks.
Pumpkin punch has never tasted so enchanting. 🎃
This chilling concoction will set a spell over your guests and magically disappear before you know it. 🪄
This is a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly punch recipe, but can also be made into a spiked pumpkin punch for those who want it.
Why KJ Loves
Spooky Pumpkin Punch
Not only is this drink fun to make, but fun to sip on! I love how warming and flavorful it is. Drink it as-is or spike it with your favorite liqueur!
Spooky Pumpkin Punch Ingredients
Make sure to grab the good, old-fashioned cider. Steer away from the clear stuff. The cider for this punch recipe should look nice and cloudy!
Make sure you chill it before you pour it into the punch bowl. Most larger grocery stores will have pear juice on hand. I used this brand of pear juice.
Use your favorite brand! (Just make sure it’s not ginger ale.)
Apples (thinly sliced)
The pumpkin butter already adds a bit of cinnamon flavor to the punch. But these add just a bit of extra coziness, as well as a nice visual effect.
How To Make Spooky Pumpkin Punch
Perhaps the spookiest thing about this pumpkin punch is how easy it is to make. You basically add a bunch of things into a punch bowl and stir them up.
Whisk in the pumpkin butter until combined.
Add in the cranberries, apples, and cinnamon sticks.
If serving immediately, pour in the ginger beer and gently combine.
If you’re serving the Halloween punch later, wait to add the ginger beer and cinnamon sticks. Instead, refrigerate the pumpkin punch 1-2 days in advance, and pour in the ginger beer prior to serving. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks.
Told you. Scary easy. 👻
Amp Up The Spooky: Dry Ice
If you like to go all out with holiday decorations and seasonal flair, dry ice might just be the trick for you.
Before you turn your kitchen into a mad scientist’s lab, learn how to safely handle dry ice.
Warning: Dry ice can be dangerous! So make sure you handle it with care and follow the proper safety precautions. Before making this punch, read some more information on how to handle dry ice, including what equipment to use. Do not touch or ingest dry ice.
While some people put dry ice in cocktails and wait for the CO2 to fizz out, I recommend you do not put the dry ice directly in your punch bowl or glasses (just too many risks). Instead, you can use it as a special effect around the punch bowl.
A lot of people put the punch bowl inside a larger basin or dish with dry ice and water, so it’s sitting in a cloud. Or, you can add dry ice to separate smaller bowls around the punch bowl.
The get the “fog” effect, add water to the dry ice. Warm water will give off a more dramatic effect that doesn’t last as long. Cold water will produce a wispier effect that lasts a bit longer.
Halloween Pumpkin Cocktail
If you want to make this into alcoholic pumpkin punch, add a shot of your favorite alcohol. Vodka, rum, or whiskey would all be good in this punch.
I love super sweet drinks, so my choice would be caramel-infused vodka!
If you want to offer spiked pumpkin punch to a crowd but leave the option open for a pumpkin mocktail, set out your favorite bottles of liquor so that guests can spike their own drinks.
And there you go! An easy way to serve up kid-friendly pumpkin punch and adult pumpkin cocktails.
Halloween Punch FAQ
What kind of pumpkin should I use for this punch recipe?
While many punch recipes use pumpkin puree or real pumpkin, I recommend pumpkin butter. It’s sweet and spiced, adding a delicious depth to the punch.
How do you get the misty/foggy effect?
We used dry ice to make this drink a little extra spooky. It’s a fun project with a dramatic result. Dry ice can be dangerous, so make sure you read up on how to handle dry ice safely before you experiment. Don’t add the dry ice to your punch bowl or glasses, and do not ingest or touch it.
Can you make this party punch ahead of time?
Yes, you can prep the pumpkin punch 1-2 days before serving. Mix all the ingredients together except for the ginger beer and cinnamon sticks. Right before serving, add the ginger beer and cinnamon sticks to the punch bowl.
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