poison apple cocktail.

“Dip the apple in the brew, let the Sleeping Death seep through…”

Juuuustt kidding!

It’s funny. Some years I’m more into Halloween than others. This year, however? I’m all about it! The only problem is, I wish I had more time to create and share all the fun, creepy eats.

Like the other evening I decided to do a spooky snack platter complete with mummy jalapeno poppers, bat and ghost pizza pockets, mummy strawberries, creepy apple mouths, dirty q-tips, etc. It took me so long to make everything that the movie I had planned to show during our snacking ended up not really even happening, let alone taking decent enough photos of everything to share. Luckily I have super understanding neighbors and they enjoyed just the company and good food sans spooky film.

Seriously, though. My neighbors are the best.

When I had planned this cocktail, I had told my Alexa to put everything on my shopping list that I needed. Unfortunately, I get mom brain quite often and instead of telling Alexa I needed grenadine, I told her I needed pineapple juice. Why? Who knows. Probably because my daughter always asks for pineapple juice and so I knew I needed to grab some. However, the base of this recipe is made up of four ingredients: apple cider, cranberry juice, fireball whiskey, and grenadine. And I forgot one of the base ingredients. So as far as I was concerned, the drink wasn’t happening.

Insert: best neighbors ever. I was texting a couple of my neighbors (although, they should really just be classified as friends) and informed them of my mishap and both offered to run to the store for me to pick up the grenadine. And this isn’t the first time this has happened. When The Pennsylvania Bakery shared they had a new Harry Potter-inspired stuffed cookie that I was dying to have, both neighbors made their way to the bakery, while I was working, to ensure I got one before they sold out. That’s true friendship.

Ensuring the fat kid in me lives on.

But back to this cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is super easy, but it’s not like all your other types of apple-inspired cocktails. It’s different and in my opinion, much better.

Because the star of this drink isn’t the grenadine that I just so happened to forget. But the secret ingredient: edible glitter. I’m seriously obsessed and may want to add edible glitter to all my drinks. It gives this drink a crazy swirl-y effect that I wish you were able to see a lot better in the photo than you can.

Hello, I need to upgrade my camera.

And this is such a good Halloween party choice because it’s easy to put together and serve. Just shake and pour. And if you’re planning on multiplying the recipe to make a larger batch, just note that the luster dust will sink to the bottom of the pitcher if left unstirred for a while. So just use a spoon to swirl it back into the drink before serving. And if you don’t want the swirl effect, you can eliminate the glitter all together. It’s definitely a nice effect but it won’t alter the flavor of the drink at all.


Poison Apple Cocktail

serves 1

  • 1/3 c. apple cider
  • 1/3 c. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. Fireball whisky
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • 1/4 tsp. edible luster dust

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, then fill shaker with ice. Shake until contents are mixed and shaker is cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and serve.

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