It’s time to get spooky! We are going to put away our cake pedestals, mixing bowls, and other regular kitchen items to give place to magic potions and tasty conjurings. I think Halloween opens a portal of creativity where you get to create crazy recipes that look insane (some are way too creepy to eat) but still taste good!
For today, we are going to cast a spell to create a delicious cocktail punch that’s easy to drink and even easier to make. Best of all, it has a bit of a DIY party trick which is very hot right now: butterfly pea flower tea. I’m sure you’ve seen all those videos or photos where they add a bit of lemon to this blue-hued tea and it changes to a nice deep red/purple color. Well, today we are using it to add a bit of magic to our cocktail.
This tea doesn’t have a lot of flavor to be honest, it’s mostly for looks (tastes fresh, maybe a bit grassy), but we are using this to our advantage so we can flavor the punch with other ingredients. The other ingredients are blackberry juice, cardamom and star anise lemon syrup, pisco, and bitters. The result is a tangy, easy to drink (like juice for adults) and really pretty cocktail. The color is intense!
You’ll get extra points in magic school if you prepare the cocktail in front of your guests so they can be part of the experience (and see the change of color in the tea).
Oh! And side note, you can leave the pisco out and serve it to the little ones, win win for all!
Come gather around and let’s cast our spell.
Black Magic Cocktail Punch
1 ½ cups of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
5 cardamom pods
2 star anise pods
Peel of 2 lemons (no pith, just rind)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups brewed butterfly pea flower tea, cold
1 ½ cups blackberry juice
¼ tsp orange blossom water (optional, adds a very nice flowery touch)
6 oz pisco
Dried flowers for garnish
1. Start by making the syrup: place the water, sugar, cardamom, lemon peel, lemon juice, and star anise in a pot over high heat, bring the mix to a simmer and lower the heat. Simmer and reduce until it has thickened a bit (about 8-10 min). Remove from heat and cool.
2. In a punch bowl or jug pour the cold tea, then add about ¼ cup of the cold lemon syrup and watch the magic happen. Now add the blackberry and stir. Add the rest of the ingredients, taste for sweetness (add more syrup if you want to or more lemon for extra tartness)
3. Place the jug in the fridge and serve cold in a coupe glass.
Note: you can also add edible glitter for extra fun!
Hope you enjoy!