Seems that Halloween is becoming quite the event here in Oz! Retailers are in a state of confusion with a clumsy clash between Christmas paraphernalia and Halloween. Shoppers are finding it hard to make their way (dragging the kids) through the minefield of Christmas and Halloween ‘stuff’ which is on sale!
If you think about it, it is such an odd tradition. It is the one night of the year where it is OK for our kids wander around and take candy from strangers! No doubt we are only observing this tradition because of the influence of American movies. I thought perhaps it would serve us well to understand a little of the history of this new event in our yearly calendar. So before I present my Halloween Cocktail recipe – which is designed to provide a little relaxation once we have been through the shops and dealt with the multitude of children randomly knocking on our doors demanding sweets – we’ll take a quick look at the origins of Halloween.
• Halloween dates back 2000 years to the ancient Celts
• Traditionally they celebrated New Years Day on 1st November – Halloween or “All Hallows Eve” was therefore the equivalent of New Years Eve
• They believed that on 31st October the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth and would wreak havoc on the crops
• In an attempt to prevent this they held a celebration where bonfires were built and sacrifices were made
• During the celebrations the Celts wore costumes of animal skins and..wait for it… HEADS!!
So basically what we are celebrating on Halloween is New Years Eve…which of course means we need champagne! I hope you love this cocktail – which looks like a witches brew – as much as I do and make it part of your annual Halloween celebrations.
Michelle’s Halloween Champagne Cocktail
250 grams Malibu
170 grams orange juice
170 grams sugar syrup
110 grams fresh lime juice
140 chilled pink champagne
Punnet of raspberries
12 lime wheels (round slices of fresh lime)
1. In a jug, combine the Malibu, orange juice, syrup and lime juice and refrigerate until chilled (1 hour)
2. Stir the punch mixture and strain it into a punch bowl. Pour in the chilled Champagne and stir. Garnish with the raspberries and lime wheels.
3. Relax and enjoy
Boil one cup of water and one cup of sugar for three minutes. Chill prior to use.