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Pina Ghouladas with “Speared Eyeballs”

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Halloween cocktail - pina ghoulada

Halloween is supposed to come with a little shock factor, right? That’s my excuse for this next creepy cocktail: Pina Ghouladas served in “blood rimmed” glasses and garnished with “bleeding eyeballs”.  I promise they taste way better than they sound! =)

The from-scratch drink recipe is below, or you can keep things easy and just use frozen or pre-mixed pina colada mix. Entertaining little ones or non-drinkers? Just leave out the alcohol!

Halloween cocktail - pina ghoulada

Full recipe & garnish details below…



20 oz pineapple juice
1 can cream of coconut – (15 oz)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup orange juice
10 oz rum (optional)

Whisk together pineapple juice, cream of coconut, heavy cream, orange juice and rum. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, then and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth, and pour into prepared glasses. (If mixture is too thick, add more pineapple juice before serving.) Repeat process with remaining ice and mixture.

OR – Make it Quick: Just use frozen or pre-mixed pina colada mix for the drink.


For the “BLOOD RIM”:

OPTION 1: Hard Candy Version*Click here for the recipe.
*This is the version we used in these photos. It takes a little time, but I recommend this route to get the prettiest, richest color. (We also tried a store-bought mix, but it came out translucent/pink looking, so we scrapped it.) And because this version dries hard, it’s less messy for guests than a gooey/liquid rimmer.

OPTION 2: Corn Syrup “Blood Rim”
(a Martha Stewart recipe)

3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoons red food coloring

Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.


Halloween eyeball cocktail garnish


canned lychee in syrup, drained (available at most Asian markets)
strawberry (or other red-colored) preserves
blueberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)

Dry lychee & fill cavity with red preserves. Insert blueberry, blossom end facing out. Spear with a toothpick or cocktail skewer. Gross!

Halloween eyeball cocktail garnish



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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

34 responses to “Pina Ghouladas with “Speared Eyeballs””

  1. That looks very spooky! That eyeball looks awful (in a good- Halloween-type-of- way) :).

  2. ABC Dragoo says:

    Eeeeeeeeew! I LOVE IT!!!

  3. Pina Coladas are by FAVORITE! Definely will be trying these for my Halloween party. Great idea!

  4. swoonoverit says:

    These are ridiculously amazing. LOVE THEM.

  5. I have a party coming up that I think I will take these to. Thanks!

  6. Darcy says:

    Hmmm… I am wondering if you could do the hard candy rim on plastic glasses? I found some clear, plastic margarita glasses but wondering if maybe the corn syrup rim would be better…..

  7. jenn s. says:

    Hi Darcy –

    Are they disposable or reusable glasses? If they’re disposable, you might be okay – here’s what another reader said about this on the actual candy rim post:
    “I made these for my Twilight DVD release party and they were a huge hit! I made them the night before and they were still fine the next day (even living in humid Texas). I tried a hard plastic martini glass and it did not melt. I saved that one for last after the mixture cooled a little and I didn’t dip it as far down as the others…”

    My main concern with reusable plastic (or acrylic) glasses is that the candy might not come off as easily as it does on glass, and I wouldn’t want it to be ruined if it’s supposed to be reusable. If you try it out, please let us know how it goes!

  8. Marcie says:

    I am going to do this for sure. Love the hard candy idea for the blood rim. I have never tried the Martha thing because I thought it would be mess too…this way it would last all night too! :)

  9. [email protected] At Home says:

    These definately look disgusting. PERFECT!!

  10. Kristal says:

    Wow as much as I love Halloween, I just can’t bring myself to make food look THAT disgusting.

  11. Darcy says:

    Thanks for the info, Jenn! The ones I am thinking of using would be disposable (easy cleanup). I have glass goblets but not as many as what I might need, so I was looking at using the plastic disposable ones instead.

  12. Renee says:

    Except for the eyeballs, it looks yummy:) But the eyeballs accomplish exactly what they’re supposed to. Great job putting this drink concoction together!

  13. Morgan says:

    I made these last year — they were a hit!!

  14. Morgan says:

    I used plastic disposable glasses and if the liquid candy was really hot it melted the plastic contorting it a bit, just watch them closely as you set them all up to control the temperature.

  15. Erin says:

    GROSS! But cool!

  16. Bleh! The lychee nuts are gross looking, but really do a great job with keeping the theme. Toss one in your martini to keep things interesting.

  17. Woooooo that drink looks SPOOKTACULAR! (tee hee hee)

  18. Down Pillow says:

    Ewww, these look so gross!!! They’re perfect :)

  19. Rochelle says:

    They don’t look appetizing! But I LOVE it!

  20. [email protected] - Scentsy says:

    I am making these before halloween! May use gummy eyes instead though

  21. kim villalona says:

    i just used some hard plastic glasses to make the rim and they turned out fine. it was the hard plastic that clear plastic silverware was made out of. i’m not sure how a hefty cup or any other soft/flexible plastic cups would work though. i’m so excited to serve these at our halloween party!!

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