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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Spooky Eyeballtini {Mocktail} Cooking View
Annie's Original

I went ahead and made the executive decision to turn cocktail Friday into cocktail Thursday this week so that you have time to get everything you need in order to enjoy this creepy fun beverage tomorrow on Halloween. What makes a drink more freakishly appealing than floating green eyeballs? Not much.

I have to be honest and admit that my inspiration for this drink was my unwanted yet extensive knowledge of Shrek. (Can we all just agree that the fourth installment with Rumplestiltskin is by far the best of the Shrek movies? Okay, good.) Though I’m not a fan of melon in general, I knew that small melon balls would make a perfect edible eyeball, and a pastry tip made short work of carving out little holes for the blueberry pupils. I served them in blueberry lemonade and the reddish purple hue was a perfect contrast to the green eyeballs. You can, of course, add these to any beverage for additional ick factor. My kids have been adding them to water and find them endlessly amusing. This is a mocktail so that kids can partake but for an adult spin, try adding a splash of sparkling water and either vodka or gin. (I haven’t tried this yet so let me know if you do and what your favorite combo is.) I’ll also be adding them to the kids’ lunch boxes tomorrow along with some monster face sandwiches. I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Spooky Eyeballtini {Mocktail}
Yield: about 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Honeydew, balled
  • Fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup blueberry sauce
  • 2-3 cups lemonade*
Cooking View

Directions

  • Use a pastry tip or a small paring knife to cut a small, fairly shallow hole in the balls of honeydew. (You want the hole to be slightly smaller than the berry so that it holds it snugly.) Place a blueberry in each hole. Freeze if desired.

  • Puree the blueberry sauce with an immersion blender or a small food processor. Mix into the lemonade. Taste and adjust amounts as necessary. Strain through a mesh sieve (optional) to remove the skins, etc. Pour into glasses and add an eyeball or two to each serving.

  • *Want to make your own lemonade? I like the recipe used in these popsicles

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    Oh my gosh these are so cool Annie!

  • Meghan Jenson

    These are awesome Annie. They looks so gross (yet so good ;-)).

  • loving these! I’m super bummed we aren’t having a party this year, but I’ll have to keep this in mind!

  • Love the idea!!! :)

  • These are so fun and cute! The colors are great! : )

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I had trouble keeping the blueberry pupils in the melon eyeballs but the visual effect was still quite fun. The kids loved them and they contributed (along with the witches brew soup) to a spooky tablescape for Halloween dinner. Since I didn’t have to work on Halloween this year I decided to go all out and my daughter said, “this Halloween is the best day ever!”

  • S A Foxwell

    My friend has a phobia of eyeballs so these would actually be her idea of a nightmare drink! For everyone else though they are that perfect fine line between cute and creepy, love it!

  • Alexis Avila

    that’s really cool, love the fresh fruit in there.

  • annieseats

    Aww, so cute. Glad you had a fun Halloween!

  • Tracey

    I wonder if you could put vodka in there… Has anybody tried it?

  • Meghan Jenson

    For some reason I had trouble with them floating. Not sure why. Did yours float on the first try? I’ll keep practicing– they were so fun for Halloween nevertheless

  • annieseats

    They floated well for me, but I noticed that the size/shape of glass did seem to have an effect on it. Once I figured that out they floated fine.

  • Meghan Jenson

    Interesting observation. I’ll give that a go. Thank you for taking the time to respond!