Are you hosting any Halloween parties this year? We often have a few friends over on Halloween for chili and cornbread before heading out to trick or treat, and this year I’m planning on making this spooky Halloween punch with carved oranges…
It’s so easy. We just used regular cider and added a few carved oranges and mini crab apples to decorate. Plus some dry ice of course. Here’s how to carve these cute little mini orange pumpkins:
1. Chop off the top, just as you would a pumpkin. We tried to carve them without scooping out the middle, which looked a bit neater, and was easier, but then those darn oranges just sunk to the bottom. Using small oranges (like clementines or mandarines) and scooping out much of the rind and insides will help with keep them stay afloat in the cider.
2. Carve a face with a pairing knife and scoop out the insides with a spoon. You could use a grapefruit spoon, but if you dig a bit into the rind the insides come out really easily with a regular spoon as well. PS We’ve had some issues with them floating faces up, you can carve a couple faces, one on each side, or even a face on the bottom where many of them want turn over to while floating.
3. Add cider to a large bowl and drop your orange pumpkins and mini crab apples inside.
4. Don’t forget to add some dry ice right before your guests come!
Some dry ice tips: You can pick up dry ice at some gas stations, but you might need to call around. Try doing a Yelp search for ‘dry ice’ in your neighborhood. Once you pick it up, you’ll want to use it within 24 hours (but putting it in the freezer isn’t a great idea). When you handle it, be careful. Don’t ingest it, and avoid touching it with your bare hands. If you have a lot of young guests at your party, it’s best to leave in one or two large chunk in the punch bowl to be safe, and avoid smaller pieces that might end up in cups. If you have all adults, a small piece of dry ice in cups might be a nice effect especially for spooky cocktails. Just be sure everyone knows not to digest it.
The dry ice will continue to fog for about a while, depending on how large the piece is. Just to give you an idea, for this shoot the piece we used was about 3 inches long and an inch thick. So pretty small and it continued to fog for at least 40 minutes. You can continue to add more dry ice to the punch if it stops fogging. More tips here.
Love the dry ice? Try using dry ice in mini pumpkins for decor on the table.