Friday, October 20, 2006

Witch's Brew

This is a fun idea that can be used for Halloween, or maybe for a children's party. One night, I hosted the dessert portion for a progressive dinner for our church youth group. I turned all the lights in my house off and lit about 100 candles and set them everywhere, including my front porch. We had a variety of desserts on the dining room table and we had ginger ale with dry ice in it to drink. It really had a magical, enchanted feel.
Tonight I am posting a delicious recipe for a cold apple juice punch that you can put dry ice in to get the amazing smoking effect. Dry ice is actually frozen carbon dioxide. Its surface temperature is -109.3 degrees F (-78.5 degrees C). It is not something you want to touch with your bare hands and touching metal to it will make a wierdly goulish screeching sound. I suggest plastic tongs and/or rubber gloves. An advantage to dry ice is that it breaks down by sublimation-it turns directly into carbon dioxide gas instead of a liquid, so it doesn't water down your punch. You should store it in an ice chest or cooler only, never in your freezer or refrigerator. Publix sells it for $1.09/lb and there are a couple of sizes to choose from. It is completely safe to consume. Just don't put a piece directly in your mouth.
Now that the science lesson is over, go have some crazy fun.

Smoking Apple Punch
1 quart apple juice
6 cinnamon sticks
16 whole cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 quart chilled ginger ale
dry ice
Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain. Chill. Pour into a punch bowl and pour ginger ale into it. Add dry ice just before serving.
Yield: 2 quarts


Anonymous said...

I think you should carve an apple like a jackolantern and put a cinnamon stick in its mouth like a cigarette. Smokin' apple cider

Vickie said...

Thanks Rich. I'll keep it in mind.

tammy said...

Vickie do you know how long the dry ice will stay in the cooler?

Vickie said...

From what I have read about it, I think 3-4 days, but that's not from experience.