Witch's Brew Recipe

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You've seen it before. That killer Halloween table. The one covered in realistic human skulls, bloody cupcakes and creepy crawlers. But the greatest feature of all? A giant smoking cauldron full of witch's brew.

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You've thought about trying the party trick at home, but were way too intimidated. (Dry ice can burn you!) Well boys and ghouls, I'm here to set the record straight. Though there's plenty to be afraid of on Halloween, a smokey witch's brew isn't one of them! All you need to do is carefully follow the spell below and soon you'll have your very own petrifying potion. But beware, the sangria is dangerous!


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Things You'll Need

  • 2 750 ml bottles of red wine

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • ¾ cup brandy

  • ½ cup orange liqueur

  • 3 oranges (sliced into rounds)

  • 2 apples (seeded and diced)

  • 2 limes (sliced into rounds)

  • 1 cup grapes

  • ½ cup sugar

  • Large black cauldron

  • Punch bowl

  • 4-6 pounds dry ice

  • Hot water

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Step 1

Combine sangria ingredients (everything from the red wine through the sugar) in a large glass punch bowl. Make sure the bowl is small enough to fit inside the cauldron without showing. Refrigerate sangria for 1-2 days to extract all the ingredient flavors.


Step 2

When you are ready to serve, gather 4-6 pounds of dry ice. Dry ice can be found at supermarkets, ice cream stores and party supplies stores.

Step 3

Place punch bowl inside cauldron. Break up dry ice blocks into large chunks and place inside the cauldron around the punch bowl.


Step 4

To create smoking effect, pour hot water onto the dry ice, being careful not to fill the punch bowl. Continue adding more dry ice and hot water to cauldron as needed. Enjoy!

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  1. Dry ice will burn your skin! Always use thick gloves or tongs when handling.

  2. Dry ice produces carbon dioxide. Make sure to place your cauldron in a well-ventilated area. Too much CO2 can be toxic!
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Add brain, eyeball and other spooky-shaped ice-cubes to sangria for a frightening effect!


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