As a kid, I was a big fan of Halloween, especially the haunted cafeteria our school would set up. My favorite part? The table of “brains” and “eyeballs.” Sure, I liked all the candies, but I especially loved the covered bowls of peeled grapes that you were encouraged to stick your hand into and squeal in delight and disgust. They really did feel like eyeballs! I dreamed of one day hosting an extravagant Halloween party to rival the likes of my school cafeteria, complete with edible horrors that would both repulse and delight.
While I have yet to host the full-blown spook-travaganza (though I do foresee a brain-shaped Jell-O mold in my future), I’m spook-ifying my drinks this Halloween.
How, you may ask? Well, I’ll make my guests' drinks stare back at them with Edible Bloody Eyeballs. It’s easy!
Edible Bloody Eyeballs
- 2 (15-ounce) cans lychees in syrup, drained (save the syrup for cocktails)
- 6 ounces (1¼ cups) blueberries
- Red food coloring
- Take a whole lychee (the ones falling apart won’t work so well, so I just eat them as a snack) and carefully drop one or two drops of red food coloring into the hole in the center. I recommend wearing disposable gloves here, since the red food coloring can stain your fingers (unless you’re going for that look for your Halloween costume).
- Then, stick a blueberry into the center of the lychee; add a few drops of red food coloring around the edge of the blueberry as desired; and voilà, you have an edible, bloody eyeball!
- Serve immediately (the red food coloring tends to seep out after a bit, so best plop them into a martini as soon as you dare!).