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Thirsty for something darkly different for your Halloween party? How about an eerie party punch?  We’re grimly glad to deliver this sweet offering (with a little bite!) from guest contributor Sarah Briggs.

Brew Ingredients

  • 1 two-liter bottle of ginger ale, Sprite, blackberry soda, or your soda of choice
  • 1 packet of black cherry Kool-Aid
  • 12 oz of frozen berries (a mix of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries), thawed
  • 1/2 of a 750-ml bottle of Dekuyper’s Pomegranate liqueur*
  • 5 cups of clear rum or vodka
  • 1 packet of Pop Rocks Candy, for special effects (optional)

*For a non-alcoholic punch, simply leave out the alcoholic ingredients. Your punch will still look – and taste – bloody good!


Grab a black cauldron (or other eerie beverage server) and begin cackling. (This part is important! Got to have ambiance, don’t’cha know.) IMPORTANT: Thoroughly chill all ingredients before beginning.

  1. For the “scabs,” mash berries using a potato masher or process in a blender for 30 seconds.
  2. Combine soda, cherry Kool-Aid, berries and alcohol in the cauldron … sorry, your punch bowl.
  3. When you are ready to serve, wave your hands over the bowl and recite: “Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble…!”
  4. Pour in the Pop Rocks immediately before the party – they’ll make the punch snap, crackle and pop for the next several minutes!

Mmm. The Black Death never tasted so good!

12 thoughts on “Black Death Punch”

  1. This…well, it’ll certainly get you drunk, but it doesn’t taste very good — my friend and I made this for Halloween, and it tastes like a very thin Dimetap (gross grape medicine for all of you who don’t know). Luckily, all our friends are college students so they still sucked it down, but everyone complained about the taste.

  2. Is there a way to make this without the alcohol? I’m hosting a party that will have kids there and I can’t use alcohol.

  3. I’ll experiment (with my witch’s hat on), but I would probably substitute the liqueur with grape juice and the rum with either pineapple juice or water with sugar (since we’re adding a packet of Kool-Aid)

  4. Will the poprocks work with ANY ingredients, or do you need all these specific ingredients??? I would like to add them to my punch that I make, but wasn’t sure if it would still work.

  5. I can’t wait to bring the “magic of the black death,” to our neighborhood party. You crack me up! The pop rocks is a great idea! I am going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

  6. In the ingredients there is no grape soda but in direction there is grape soda. Im just noticing and didn’t purchase. Will it be okay?

  7. That’s totally fine! It was an editing error. Thanks for catching that! Use your soda of choice. It will still look “gory” because of the fruit. Stay scary!

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