Halloween Cocktails – Creepy Bubble Fun!

[27 Oct 2008 | By | 35 Comment(s) | 100,398 views ]

Last week I was sitting around trying to think of something different to do for halloween, and the idea came to me. Something that would look particularly creepy, and be unusual… Can you guess the secret ingredient? Halloween Cocktail Experiments Testing Different soaking solutionsEver had Bubble Tea? It’s made with large tapioca pearls, and has a really interesting look. I figured there’s no reason we couldn’t make some fun halloween drinks/shots/cocktails with the tapioca pearls. A trip to the local Whole Foods yeilded a bag of large pearls. So I tried some experiments (Note, the amount shown here is what I got from maybe 1/4 cup of uncooked pearls). First I made a test batch — following this recipe to cook the tapioca. You’re supposed to soak them in a sugar syrup, and I had on had some really bright blue drink mixer, which I figured would be perfect. Voila, bright blue translucent drink pearls with a slightly sweet flavor. Next I tried several other ‘soakers’ to see what I would get. I figured a red flavor would be nice, so I soaked some in grenadine. I also mixed some of the grenadine and the blue syrup to get a black/purple color. Someone suggested soaking in alcohol, so I tried green creme de menthe, black rum, jagermeister, and orange liqueur. (Click through to see them labeled on the flickr pic) The "Eggs" - Can you guess what they are?Removed from the soaking liquids this morning… Note that (with the exception of the creme de menthe, the alcohol soaked pearls became smaller, harder, and opaque. The others are more transparent and jelly like. Interesting effects, you could obviously work with either result. Click through on the picture for a better view. "Caviar" Martini for HalloweenThe best thing about these is they can basically be added to any drink or shot where the flavors will work. They also don’t have a ton of taste, so they won’t mess up a drink. Add to a basic martini or cosmopolitan, for example. (I called this one my Caviar martini). "Fish Egg" Shooters for HalloweenShooter ideas: #Frog Egg Shooter – Whitish opaque pearls (these were the orange liqueur ones) in a Midori shot #Fish Egg Shooter – Your favorite clear pink shooter with a mix of pink and white balls. #Or how about Grasshopper Eye Shooter (basic Grasshopper recipe with Green Creme de Menthe balls) #Blue berry-flavored balls in a Grand Marnier shot. The blue is my favorite — I think these would also be fabulous in a vodka tonic… Halloween Cocktail Experiments Note: You could easily just make colored sugar syrups with food coloring and get any look you wanted. You could leave out the alcohol entirely for fun kids drinks too. I also love the idea of just making dishes of different colors of these and setting them out by the drink station, so people can add their own! Anyway, hope you enjoy this little addition to your halloween festivities. Tell your friends! More Halloween Cocktails More Halloween Food PS – I’ve written this up as an Instructable!

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  • Brenda Jean [] :

    Wow, these look awesome! Now I wish I was giving an adult Halloween party so I could make them:)

  • Dot [] :

    And you could definitely do this for a kids party too, just leave out the alcohol soaked ones and mix with sprite or grape juice!

  • Samantha [] :

    oh these do look fun!

  • Heidi Younger Illustration [] :

    very cool drinks! Never heard of tapioca pearls. Nice blog!

  • Grieg Wehr [] :

    I did a martini for you…go check it out http://www.flickr.com/photos/grieg/2980137414/

  • Dot [] :

    Thank you! I added it :)

  • Yvonne Eve Walus [] :

    Have a look at this Halloween Punch for Adults… it sure is different, though you can make it the traditional way too. :-)


  • Rachel@oneprettything.com [] :

    These are SO cool! Linking.

  • Lauren [] :

    This is really genius. Who knew they would soak up the colors so well? The pearls do give a great “creepy, but I’m not sure why, oh wait there’s a bunch of day-glow balls floating in my drink” vibe. Perfect for a Halloween libation. Next year I will definitely try this with some juice and natural food coloring and see how it goes.

    And I know I’m in the minority, but I totally loved the Orbitz drink from the late 90’s that had floating colored balls in it. Did anyone else get yummy flashbacks from this post? :D

  • Dot [] :

    Heh that Orbitz drink was one of my inspirations! It was not that tasty, but really cool to look at :)


  • Cocktails at 80 [] :

    Excellent Idea! Great Research!

  • Mair [] :

    Where can i buy the pearls? do they differ from the type sold in supermarket for tapioca?

    This is an awesome idea i soo wanna try it for my halloween gathering

  • Dot [] :

    I got mine at Whole Foods. Just make sure it is the tapioca pearls, not something powdered :)

  • Andres Guzman [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Otra receta de #Halloween pero para bebidas @astrid114 hermosa.. -> https://dabbled.org/2008/10/halloween-cocktails-creepy-bubble-fun.html

  • Andres Guzman [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Otra receta de #Halloween pero para bebidas @astrid114 hermosa.. -> http://tinyurl.com/294ykod

  • Lori [] :

    Could the tapioca pearls be soaked in tonic water to make them glow under black light?

  • Dot [] :

    I can’t remember if I tried that, but it might work!

  • Spirit Halloween Coupon [] :


    That’s an awesome idea if it were to work. I don’t know if it will but anything that involves a blacklight looks cool to me :)

  • Diane [] :

    Once you put the balls in the sugar liquid do you know how long you can leave them there? Do they ever break down. If you take them out of the liquid can you store them that way? Just trying to prepare for a big Halloween party next weekend and trying to figure out what I can get done ahead of time. I am doing a test run tonight so I guess I will figure some of this out as I go. Thanks for the awesome idea…worst case I go to the yogurt shop and buy some of those fruit balls to use!

  • Dot [] :

    Overnight is fine. As long as they are in the liquid they should last several days, but i haven’t tested it.

  • Jackey Worden [] :

    This is really a nice idea. Creatively fun and I know that it is differently exciting as you gave a new twist to the shots. I love tapioca peals on shakes, I bet I will surely love it on shots. Gotta try it soon. Thanks for the instruct-able blog. Have a great day!

  • Next Level Marketing [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Tapioca's make pretty great eyeballs for a spooky concoction. Give them a try for your Halloween creations. http://t.co/wjqnMj21

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