This Witch’s Brew Halloween cocktail is perfect for your spooky-season gathering. Get your punch bowl ready for this mysterious-looking drink!
Whenever I’m having a party that includes kids, I always make sherbet punch. It’s a simple recipe: pour 2 bottles of ginger ale in a punch bowl and add in scoops of rainbow-colored sherbet. It’s colorful, sweet, frothy, and festive. Always a crowd-pleaser.
Another reason I love it is because it’s easy to serve. I put out cups and a ladle and let the kids serve themselves. When the party involves adults, I’d also like to have something colorful, festive, and easy to serve. I want to enjoy the party and not always be the bartender!
This Witch’s Brew cocktail fits the bill.
How to Use Dry Ice in a Cocktail
The secret ingredient to this punch-cocktail is dry ice. If you’ve ever worked with dry ice, you know that it’s fun, but there are safety tips you must know.
- Dry ice is carbon dioxide in frozen form. As it warms, it turns into a gas, giving it that awesome, smoky effect. But in frozen form, it’s -110°F, so handling it properly is a top priority.
- Use gloves when handling dry ice and don’t let it touch your skin. (Keep reading for how to properly serve dry ice in this cocktail!)
- Don’t buy it too early. Five pounds of dry ice will evaporate in less than 24 hours. Ideally, you should get your dry ice just a few hours before your party. Dry ice is available at many grocery stores, Walmarts, and other retailers.
- Once you do bring it home, store dry ice in a styrofoam or insulated cooler with the lid slightly open. It needs to have ventilation for the gas to escape. You may think you need to keep it in a closed freezer or cooler, but that can result in your container exploding or your freezer shutting down!
- Use dry ice in a well-ventilated area. It gives off carbon dioxide that you don’t want building up in a closed, poorly-ventilated room. The same goes for any unused dry ice – be sure to let the gas dissipate in a well-ventilated area.
How to Make Witch’s Brew
To make Witch’s Brew, you’ll need dry ice, 36 ounces of cream soda, 12 ounces of vodka, green food coloring, and 1/3 teaspoon of matcha powder. You won’t be able to taste the matcha – it is mainly for coloring!
In a large bowl, combine cold cream soda, vodka, and matcha powder. Whisk well to fully dissolve the matcha. If clumps remain, remove them with a spoon.
Check if the color of your cocktail is right for you. If you want a different shade of green, add two drops of green food coloring at a time and mix well. Continue adding drops, then whisking, until your desired color has been reached.
Once you have the perfect “witchy” color, add a little ice to keep your brew cold. But don’t use too much ice or you’ll dilute the cocktail. For best results, make sure your vodka and soda are very cold before making the brew.
You have a couple options to create the dry ice fog. You can place your dry ice right in the punch bowl. It will stay at the bottom and guests can enjoy the fog effect without having the dry ice in their drink. My preferred option is to use two bowls. Put your cocktail into a punch bowl, then place that into a larger bowl. Carefully place the dry ice in the outer bowl, then add water to get it smoking. Check out this helpful video:
But if you want each individual drink to have the fog effect, you can place small, 1-inch cubes of dry ice into each drink. I highly recommend using a mason jar to serve if you do the ice this way – the ice will sink to the bottom and it will stay away from your guests’ lips. Be sure to advise them NOT to consume the ice!
Vodka and soda is one of the easiest, most basic cocktails you can make, so this recipe is highly customizable. You could literally mix any flavor vodka and soda and food coloring and have so much fun with it!
Looking for more Halloween-themed drinks? Try my Twilight-Inspired Vampire Cocktail!
- 36 oz cold cream soda
- 12 oz cold vodka
- 1/3 tsp matcha powder
- Green food coloring (optional)
- Dry ice (do NOT consume dry ice – it is strictly for decoration)
- In a large punch bowl, combine cold cream soda, vodka, and matcha powder.
- Whisk well to fully dissolve the matcha. If clumps remain, remove them with a spoon.
- Check if the color of your cocktail is right for you. If you want a different shade of green, add two drops of green food coloring at a time and mix well. Continue adding drops, then whisking, until your desired color has been reached.
- There are a few options for using the dry ice to get the foggy, spooky effect: You can add the dry ice directly to the punch bowl; you can add small 1" pieces of dry ice to each serving; or you can place your punch bowl inside a larger bowl and add the dry ice and some water around it. I prefer the third method because it gives the effect without the risk that anyone will touch the dry ice to their lips! Please use caution when using dry ice and read my full post for tips!
- Please drink responsibly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.