Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RV Travelers Spooky Cider Recipe

You’re backed in to your favorite spot at your favorite RV park for Halloween. Your decorations are up, and the RV is looking very spooky indeed. Awesome. But, this year you want to add something extra... After all, don't good neighbors offer up treats at the holidays?  Why not serve something festive, (if not slightly ghoulish) that all your friends and fellow RV'ers can enjoy, like a deliciously bewitching drink!  Imagine... It's Hallow's Eve... a dark and scary night, and everyone's senses are turned up just a notch and here you come dressed like something from the Living Dead offering them a smoldering concoction to warm their throats. Will they drink it, or will they politely decline?
Oh they'll drink it. After all, it's really an innocent warm apple cider, but adding a few raspberries and some dry ice served in a festive goblet will make it seem like the drink of Dracula himself. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 10 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 (12-ounce) pack of Frozen Red Raspberries, lightly-sweetened (Raspberries will give the illusion of blood!)
  • 5  sticks of Cinnamon
  • In a large saucepan, boil apple cider, raspberries and cinnamon together.
  • Reduce heat, when the mixture starts boiling.
  • Cover and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from heat.
  • Strain berries and cinnamon from mixture and cover it until serving time.
  • Serve while warm.
  • Makes 12 servings.

***Here are a few important things you need to know about dry ice:
When putting Dry ice in any drink or container it will bubble until the drink freezes around the piece of dry ice. The ice is so cold the drink freezes and the smoke stops. To solve this use smaller pieces of dry ice, warm the drink so it does not get too cold.
Do not add the dry ice ahead of time. Wait until the guests arrive since the effect of the dry ice is short. Keep the unused dry ice wrapped as much as possible and purchase right before the party. In your freezer dry ice will evaporate and just disappear from it's packaging.
And most important - When using dry ice in punches or drinks there are some cautions to keep in mind. Accidentally drinking a large piece of dry ice could cause some serious harm. Dry ice when handled directly can seriously burn you. It's like a freezer burn or frostbite.
Thank you to for instructions on the dry ice.

Now, find a great serving bowl like a black cauldron (these are easy to find this time of year at any of your common department stores) and add your punch. You can also freeze tiny plastic babies, body parts, eyeballs or bugs in ice cubs and add them to the punch as well.  Have fun with it and of course we definitely want to hear all about these stories and see these pictures too! You can submit your stories here and post your pictures to our Facebook wall!

Happy Haunting!

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