Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Bloody Beverage

I know, the image is teeny-tiny, but the idea is so cool! What you're looking at here are a creepy take on juice bags for a Halloween party. Cranberry juice combined with a little pureed fruit cocktail and cherries make for a "bloody" concoction meant to look like blood transfusion bags. I found this recipe in an e-cookbook called 23 Spooky Halloween Recipe Ideas, available for free download on RecipeLion. They have more cookbooks there, and tons of recipes so I'll definitely be checking that out more. (Side note: Don't be put off by all the survey questions they ask you at the start, they're easy to skip and it's worth it in the end.)

Cran-Cherry Plasma Transfusion
Serves: 6

• 1 can (14 1/2-ounce) dark, sweet cherries
• 1 can (15-ounce) fruit cocktail
• 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

• 6 zipper-lock sandwich bags
• 6 straws, twisted or flexible
• 6 shower curtain rings

1. Puree the cherries and fruit cocktail, with their liquids, in a blender or food processor until smooth.
2. Mix in the cranberry juice cocktail and refrigerate until chilled.
3. To prepare the "transfusion bags," punch a hole with a hole-punch in the corner of one layer of a zipper-lock sandwich bag just below the zipper.
4. Insert a twisty straw or flexible straw in the hole and punch another hole in the same corner of the bag through both layers, just above the zipper.
5. Thread a shower curtain ring through that hole.
6. Repeat with remaining bags, straws and shower curtain rings.
7. To serve, pour 1 cup of the cranberry-cherry mixture into each bag and seal.
8. Hang by the shower curtain rings on hooks.
9. Guests can hold their drink by the ring and sip through the straw.

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