This time of year is my favorite, so I was pumped to share some fun and seasonal recipes. Also, NONE of them contain pumpkin spice. Not that I am ashamed of being basic, but it’s literally everywhere and I needed a break. My excitement quickly turned into anxiety when I was thinking about what to share first. I almost landed on ALL OF THE ABOVE but then decided several recipes in one sitting doesn’t do anyone any favors. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to kick off with this spooky-rita. The original recipe was based of a virgin martini, but I only had margarita glasses to use, thus the refreshed name. I had to look for a kid friendly drink when my son really insisted that he try the sangria I made. Since that was a solid No, I had to get something kid friendly made immediately. It’s such an easy, fun drink to throw together. The blueberry sauce is the most inclusive….scratch that, the eyeballs made out of melon are the most inclusive part of the recipe, but worth it! This was purely based off the fact that I don’t have a melon baller and used a small dough scoop resulting in less than perfect melon eyeball shapes. It’s Halloween and my eyeballs have character ::insert shrugging emoji hear – followed by facepalm emoji::
For the Blueberry Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/8 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
For the eyeballs
- 2 cups lemonade, homemade or store bought
- First, make the eyeballs. scoop out melon with melon baller, or if you don't have one, use a small scoop. Using toothpicks, first place the melon then a blueberry on it like a skewer. Place in the freezer.
- To make the blueberry sauce, Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the blueberries begin to burst. When that happens, simmer for about 1 minute more. Your sauce should have thickened but still be liquid. (saucy)
- To make the lemonade combine 1/2 cup of the blueberry sauce and 2 cups of the lemonade in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses of choice. (You can use a strainer when pouring to remove the skins of the blueberries if you want) Place an eyeball or two into each glass.
Original Recipe from Everyday Annie.