5 Halloween Drink Recipes With Health Benefits

By:    Published: October 8, 2011

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Get into the spirit of Halloween by making some fun and festive drinks that are both delicious and good for you. Most Halloween drink and punch recipes consist of sodas, candy and added sugar, making them a caloric nightmare, plus they can be bad for your teeth. From pumpkin smoothies to "rotten" apple cider, your family or guests will surely enjoy these drinks without having to worry about excess calories or sugar.

1. Pumpkin Smoothie

Serve this Halloween treat for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. The pumpkin base is perfect for Halloween and the taste is out of this world (imagine having pumpkin pie in a glass). Plus, kids and adults alike will benefit from the antioxidants found through the pumpkins beta-carotene, which can even help prevent cancer. The recipe also includes vanilla soy milk for a healthier alternative that's sweet and suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup of vanilla soy milk

Directions:

  1. Add the canned pumpkin, vanilla soy milk, crushed ice and honey into a blender.
  2. Blend the contents until you have a nice, thick consistency.
  3. Pour the smoothies into a glass and sprinkle a bit of pumpkin spice then serve.

2. Rotten Apple Cider

Okay, this Halloween drink recipe isn't really made from rotten apples, but you're going for a Halloween theme so the name and look have to match because the brown hue of the cider will really make people believe the drink is rotten! However, this drink is actually packed with nutrients with some other surprising health benefits.

The 100 percent apple cider comes with all the benefits of eating an actual apple. The addition of cinnamon sticks will help with blood sugar levels and can help improve cognitive function. The orange juice and orange rind will boost the vitamin C levels of your rotten apple cider, and the anti-bacterial properties of the added nutmeg can actually fight cavities.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 12 whole allspice berries
  • ½ teaspoon of grated orange

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan and heat them to a boil with high heat.
  2. Once they are at a boil, set the heat low and allow the cider to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Serve the rotten apple cider with additional cinnamon sticks or apple wedges.

3. Apple Bobbing Punch

One of the oldest traditions of Halloween is bobbing for apples and you can carry on that tradition with a healthy concoction of apple bobbing punch. This Halloween punch consists of healthy fruits and juices, and will definitely give you and your guests a nice dose of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of apple cider (32 ounces)
  • 1 bottle of cranberry juice (32 ounces)
  • 1 jar of whole crabapples
  • 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate (6 ounces)
  • 1 can of frozen lemonade (6 ounces)

Directions:

  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a punch bowl or festive cauldron and stir.
  2. Refrigerate the apple bobbing punch for 1-to-2 hours and serve chilled.

4. Blood Punch

This spine-tingling punch is another concoction made mostly from natural fruit juices. By using the sweetness from 100 percent juice, you can avoid the extra sugars and additives of most Halloween punch recipes out there. Just make sure that when you are purchasing your juice from the market, the label states that it is actually 100 percent juice. The addition of diced frozen strawberries adds a ghoulish effect, and the benefit of manganese, vitamin C and even potassium.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of cranberry juice
  • 1.5 cups of apple juice
  • 1.5 cups of grape juice
  • 3 cups of strawberries
  • Block of dry ice

Directions:

  1. Chop the strawberries (or leave them whole if you prefer) and pop them in the freezer for 1-to-2 hours or until frozen.
  2. Stir the juices in a punch bowl, and chill for 1-to-2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Place a block of dry ice in a bowl, pot or cauldron that is larger than the punch bowl.
  4. Set the punch bowl over the dry ice in the larger bowl to give a nice, smoky effect of a bubbling cauldron.
  5. Add the frozen strawberries to the blood punch and serve.

5. Count Dracula Sangria

While this may not be the healthiest drink on this recipe list, it's perfect for a Halloween party for adults and does come with some added health benefits worth noting. The red wine for the base of the sangria mix is good for increasing "good" cholesterol (HDL) and is beneficial to your cardiovascular system. The addition of fresh apples and oranges is always a good thing, and you can shave off extra calories from the typical sangria mix by using diet soda.

Ingredients:

  • 3 bottles of red wine
  • 4 apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 can of diet lemon soda
  • 1 can of club soda

Directions:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a pitcher and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate the Count Dracula Sangria or serve chilled with ice.

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