Sunday, October 30, 2011

Going to a Halloween Party? by Lyric James

I don’t think there’s another holiday where adults are allowed to dress up and act like kids except for Halloween. And of course wherever there is an adult party, there’s alcohol. Hopefully, not enough to make anyone stupid crazy, but allow you to have a buzzing good time.  For my heroine, Jatoi, in my story Halloween Wish, the party she attends is her last chance to make a fantasy come true with an old classmate, Kaden. 

If you’re going to or having a Halloween party like Jatoi, I’m going to share some Spooky Love Drink recipes you can prepare for your guests.

Autumn Party Punch

1.      Water

2.      Crushed brown sugar

3.      1 whole orange peel, grated

4.      1 fifth light rum

5.      1 fifth dark rum

6.      1 quart pineapple juice

7.      1 quart mango juice

8.      1 quart orange juice

9.      3 limes’ worth of lime juice

10.  Chunks of one fresh pineapple

11.  Chunks of 1-2 fresh mangos

12.  Chunks of 2 oranges

13.  Freshly grated nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, orange peel, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let boil for 30 minutes. Let sugar syrup cool and then mix with rums and juices in a large punch bowl. Garnish with fruits and nutmeg before serving. Serve over ice.

Warm Witch’s Brew

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup chopped and candied ginger
3 oranges
12 oz frozen apple juice concentrate
6 oz frozen limeade concentrate
2 cups seedless grapes
4 cups water
½ gallon ginger ale

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes.

Eyeball Martini

3 oz. vodka or gin
dash dry Vermouth
olive stuffed radish

Score radish to make “veins” in the eyeballs. Swirl Vermouth in martini glass to coat inside. Pour excess into shaker with gin and ice. Shake vigorously and strain back into glass. Garnish with olive stuffed radish “eyeballs.”

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Excerpt of Halloween Wish by Lyric James

Her gaze slid over him, taking in the rest of his costume until she met his eyes. Boy did it accentuate his muscular physique. She attempted to keep any emotion she felt off her face as her heart began to thump wildly. The shirt he wore had a split up the middle, and his incredible abs winked at her from underneath. He had on a white skirt, a blue and gold belt wrapped around his waist. It wasn’t a skirt exactly, but for the life of her she couldn’t recall the correct name of the rest of his costume. Her mind had turned into mush.


He sat his glass down on a side table and smiled. “Hey, Natalie. Can I steal Jatoi away from you?”

“Sure.” Before Natalie walked away, she whispered, “Remember what I said. Last chance.”

“Last chance for what?” he asked.

Jatoi was flooded with embarrassment. “Nothing. We were just talking about…nothing. How are you?” She allowed her gaze to travel the length of him again. “I like your costume. Which Egyptian god are you?” A kilt. That’s it, she thought.

“King Tut.”

When he mimicked her and his gaze slid down her body and back up again, desire squeezed the air from her lungs.

“You look great.”

A rush of pleasure went through her. She moved her hands over her thighs to grasp the folds of the material that billowed at her legs. “I Dream of Jeannie. I don’t know why I let Nat talk me into wearing this thing.”

She wanted to look sexy, that’s why. They’d gone to four different stores searching out something to wear. When she’d put it on, Natalie told her she had to buy it, and after looking at herself in the mirror, she thought she’d made the right choice. It covered up all the essential parts, yet showed just enough skin. Plus she’d found one in purple and lavender, not the typical pink. And Natalie had been right. She knew Kaden would be at the party. She'd paired it with a cute pair of spiky heels that made her feel like she was on stilts. Goodness, she hoped she didn’t fall.

He took a step closer, put his arm around her waist, and pulled her forward. He whispered into her ear, “Can I make a wish?”

Jatoi knew he’d asked her something. Her brain registered the fact that he’d just touched her. The feel of his fingers against her bare lower back sent every cell in her body into hypersexual overdrive.

She looked up into fathomless green eyes that hadn’t changed at all. They were still rimmed by thick dark lashes and still reminded her of the summers she'd spent running through the fields on her grandfather’s farm in Arkansas.

She cleared her throat. With courage she didn’t know she possessed, she responded, “You have to find my bottle and rub it three times first. I can’t grant you a wish unless you find it.”

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elaing8 said...

No Halloween parties for me.But thanks for the recipes.
And thanks for sharing the excerpt.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh great recipes . i dont know any halloween recipes so i hought i would share my unwinding recipe for after the kids have dragged you across the neighbor hood in search of the candy

two fingers of captain morgan spiced rum
and a few drips of coke
repeat as needed lol

The Brunette Librarian said...

I've made Halloween Mummies before.

Take a hot dog and wrap them in slices of frozen breadsticks. They should resemble little mummies...then you can use ketchup or mustard to make little eyes. VERY cute and tasty

rachie2004 AT yah00 *d8t* c-m

steph beck said...

Yum! all of those sound so good! My favorite halloween recipe is poking long spaghetti noodles throush slices of hot dogs. boil unitl the noodles are done and vu a la, a crazy looking hybrid that is yummy with sauce :)

Shonna said...

When the kids are in bed and it is time for some ME time,...
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Tequila
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
add some Coke

Shonna said...

The best Margaritas EVER
1 large can of frozen limeade (do not add water)
1 can or bottle of beer
crushed ice
Mix the limeade concentrate with the bottle of beer. Add as much or as little tequila as you want. ( I use the can the limeade came in and fill it up about half full ) Let this sit for about ten minutes stirring a few times. Then put in blender with some crushed ice. Oh yes!

Lyric James said...

Great recipes ladies! Thanks for commenting. Jennifer, I still don't know if I'm going to be the one being dragged through the neighborhood by the one kiddo (my other two are too old they say...LOL). This year is the first year my hubby is not working at night so HE can be the draggee...instead of me. :-) At least, that's what I'm hoping for.

Pretty Eyes said...

My favorite is to make a Halloween mixture with Halloween M and Ms (orange and black) mixed with peanuts and dried cranberries - it is awesome.

Thanks for the recipes!


Arianne Cruz said...

Love the Halloween recipes :D
email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

mnjcarter said...

This sounds like a very weird recipe but it is soooo good!!

•1 1/2 oz. Kettle Corn-infused Bombay Sapphire Gin (recipe below)
•1/2 oz. Moscato wine (sweet dessert wine)
•3/4 oz. home-made citrus peel grenadine syrup (recipe below)
•3 candy corns for garnish
•Additional ingredients needed:
•kettle corn
•orange and lemon skins
1.Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
2.Shake very well.
3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4.Garnish with 3 candy corns.
Kettle Corn-infused Bombay Sapphire

1.For every 750ml bottle of Bombay Sapphire, add in 1 cup kettle corn.
2.Allow to infuse in an airtight container for approx. 24 hrs.
3.Fine strain kettle corn and re-bottle.
4.Store in fridge.
Citrus Peel Grenadine Syrup

1.For every 1 cup of POM wonderful pomegranate juice, dissolve 1 cup granulated sugar over stove top.
2.Once dissolved, add in the skins of 1 orange and 1 lemon and simmer for 10 mins.
3.Remove skins and chill syrup.

Make at least a double batch for a party, cause this goes FAST!!!!

Eva's Flowers said...

Here's a recipe for one I've only tried once, did it last year, but it was very good!

1 oz Blue Curacao
1 shot Citrus Gin
3 oz Orange juice
1 oz Peach Schnapps
2 shot Vodka

How To Make It

The Gin HAS to be citrus gin to taste as it was intended. Pour orange juice over ice, then mix in the appropriate amounts of alcohol


June M. said...

Love the sounds of some of these recipes, but I can't drink due to taking blood thinners. Every now & then I have a drink but not often, so I don't have any recipes to share.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Annie Nicholas said...

contest is closed