Eat Me, Drink Me: food and beverage for a Wonderland Party

Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

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For me, there’s nothing like watching Alice in Wonderland to get me in the mood for a tea party. A dark and twisty Halloween tea party. So, last week, in my first installment of creating a Wonderland-themed Halloween party, I took you through the looking glass and showed you some genius DIYs to decorate your Wonderland. I also featured some Wonderland jams to add to your party playlist. Now, let’s step through the looking glass and explore some of my favorite tips and ideas for a Wonderland-themed party.

In this post I’m going to show you how to have a Wonderland-themed Halloween party by providing following:

  • Eat Me: party food
  • Drink Me: party cocktails

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Eat Me

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bats with 2 teaspoons of Wishful Thinking

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Recipe found here.

If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, you’ll know why I call these little bits of tastiness “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat”s. If, however, you’re not familiar with the phrase–make ’em anyway–they’re delish. Our 2 teaspoons of “Wishful Thinking” is simply vanilla flavored Greek yogurt (your choice of brand). So not only is this a fun recipe to make, it’s also kinda healthy. Oooooo–scary! 

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Cut wedges or shapes out of each flour tortilla: Cut each flour tortilla into 6 to 8 wedges or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the tortillas.
  2. Prepare oven and baking sheet: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Dip tortilla pieces in melted butter, then one side in cinnamon sugar, place on lined baking sheet: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and spread out over the bottom of a small plate. Melt butter in a small bowl.
  4. Dip the cut pieces of flour tortilla in the melted butter, gently shake off the excess and place on the plate of cinnamon sugar. Only coat one side of the crisp in cinnamon sugar.
  5. Then place coated tortilla pieces, cinnamon sugar side up, on the lined baking tray.
  6. Bake: Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F, or until the tortilla crisps are indeed “crisp”. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.

Butterfingers 

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This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

These cookies are not only yummy, they also look a lot like one of the butterfingers used in the White Queen’s Pishsalver concoction. Alice drank the vile potion and returned to her normal size. Well, I assure you, unlike the Pishsalver, these cookies are delish!  

Ingredients
  • Blanched almonds
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Tint almonds with food coloring.
  2. Beat butter and powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt; beat until well blended. Add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in pecans. (Dough will be stiff.)
  3. Shape dough by tablespoonfuls into finger shapes about 3 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter; place on prepared cookie sheets. Lightly score with knife across center and near top to resemble knuckles. Press tinted almond into top of each finger for nail.
  4. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Finger Sandwiches 

finger-sandwiches
This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (11 ounces) refrigerated breadstick dough (12 breadsticks)
  • Mustard
  • 12 slices deli ham, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • Assorted food colorings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 6 breadsticks on ungreased baking sheets. Spread with mustard as desired. Divide ham strips evenly among breadsticks, placing over mustard. Repeat with cheese. Top with remaining 6 breadsticks. Gently stretch top dough over filling; press doughs together to seal.
  2. Score knuckle and nail lines into each sandwich using sharp knife. Do not cut completely through dough. Tint egg yolk with food coloring as desired. Paint nail with egg yolk mixture.
  3. Bake on lower oven rack 12 to 13 minutes or just until light golden. Let cool slightly. Serve warm or cool completely.

Mad Hatter Cupcakes or Upelkuchen

Mad Hatter Cupcakes - The Inky Kitchen
Recipe found here.

Dudes–how feckin’ cool lookin’ are these?!? Am I right? Now if you click on the recipe link, you’ll see that the instructions for these cupcakes are pretty involved so I’m not going to include it in this post. You’ll see in the pics below why the recipe has such detailed instructions. 

Mad Hatter Cupcakes - The Inky Kitchen

Mad Hatter Cupcakes - The Inky Kitchen

Kick ass, right? But, if you’re like me and never leave yourself enough time to adequately do all you want to do, you probably won’t make the pretty, pretty cake but instead do like a red velvet cake mix or something equally quick and easy. Anywho, the site also includes a free download of the little “eat me” toppers, which is a really cool thing. Enjoy!

Queen of Hearts Tarts

Recipe found here.

These take a bit of effort, but damned if they’re not worth it. If you click on the recipe link you’ll notice that the measurements are metric. The below measurements are my conversions and they’ve worked perfectly. Tip: In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, use a jam with bits of real fruit in it. Clot up that bleedin’ heart tart nicely. Ooh–and let a little jam ooze down the side!

Ingredients
  • 3 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter (or margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • strawberry jam
Special Equipment
  • Heart shaped cutters (large and small)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Electric mixer
  • Rolling pin
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees
  2. Measure out 1 cup of the butter and mix with the sugar until combined
  3. Add the egg, 2 tsp of vanilla extract and mix until nice and smooth
  4. Add the flour and use your fingers to mix it into a nice soft dough
  5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick (you may want to divide the dough in half to make this easier)
  6. Use the large heart cutter to cut out an even number of shapes
  7. Use the small heart cutter to cut out the middle of half the shapes
  8. Place them all on a baking tray and cook for 12 minutes
  9. When they’re done remove from the baking tray and leave to cool
  10. Mix 1/4 cup of butter with the powdered sugar and another tsp of vanilla extract until mixed well
  11. Spread the icing onto the cooled hearts that haven’t had their middle removed
  12. Spoon a little jam into the middle of each of the iced hearts then add the other halves to the top

Bonus

Coins from a Dead Man’s Pocket

For some yummy, easy fun. Get ’em here.

 

Musical Interlude

Drink Me

Smoking Hookah Blue Caterpillar cocktail

"Smoking Hookah" Blue Caterpillar Cocktail inspired by Alice Through the Looking Glass
Recipe found here.

Although this drink is yummy enough, the name doesn’t quite seem to fit. Its neither blue nor smoking, so why the name? Curiouser and curiouser. Anywho, it’s a snap to make, and really, it’s Malibu and pineapple–YUM!!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Blue Sugar for rim but lose the lime wedge.
Instructions
  1. Combine the 2 Liquors and pineapple juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake until well combined (30 seconds)
  3. Pour into sugar-rimmed glasses

Drink Me Potion

Original recipe found here.

So I stumbled upon this bit of coolness and just had to share. This drink isn’t anything I personally would want to sip on all evening at a party (sweetness factor), but, unlike the authentic “drink me” potion, it ranks high enough on the yummy scale to at least give try. If you click on the original recipe link, you can read a little more on the authentic “drink me” potion. Here’s the party version:

Ingredients
equal amounts of
  • pineapple juice
  • cherry juice
  • pre-made custard
  • toffee sauce
toffee sauce
  • 1 1/4 Cups of thickened cream
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In a jug, mix together all the ingredients well, then pour into serving cups.
Toffee sauce
  1. In a saucepan, stir together the cream, butter and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool, before using.

Are you digging those glasses as much as I am? Click here.

Cheshire Cat cocktail

Love ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS? You'll love this Cheshire Cat cocktail
Recipe found here.

I love the look of layered drinks almost as much as I love to drink them. And this one definitely tastes as good as it looks. As you can see in the recipe below, this one is also made with Blue Curacao. You’ll find a lot of Halloween-themed cocktails call for this yummy liqueur, so be sure to have it on hand when you’re eatin’, drinkin’, and bein’ scary.

Ingredients
  • 1 0z of Cherry Vodka
  • 1oz of Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 0z of Strawberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 2 oz Sprite
  • Purple sanding sugar
  • Lemon

Serving size is 1 8oz glass (sugar the rims). Don’t have sanding sugar? Directions on how to make your own can be found on the recipe’s link.

Instructions
  1. In a large bartender shaker add both vodkas and grenadine along with only a few pieces of ice
  2. Shake well to combine
  3. Fill glassware 3/4 of the way full with ice
  4. Add your Vodka mix and fill ONLY 1/2 way
  5. Rinse shaker with water
  6. Add the Blue Curacao and sprite
  7. Shake well to combine
  8. Use a large serving spoon upside down hold it above the glass and slowly pour the Blue Curacao mix into the glass
  9. You are pouring the mix directly onto the spoon and letting the liquid drain off the spoon into the cocktail glass
  10. If you do it slow it will not mix
Mad Hatter cocktail
Mad Hatter cocktail - In celebration of the new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass stir up a little Mad Hatter punch with one of my favorite ingredients, grenadine.
Recipe found here.

This glass of gorgeous is a modified vodka cran. It gets its lovely shade of darkness from–yep–you guessed it–Blue Curacao. I love the green sanding sugar; it offsets the drink nicely. The link to this recipe also has a DIY sanding sugar so, by all means, go nuts.

Ingredients
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz Sweet and Sour mix
  • 1 oz Grenadine
  • 1/4 cup Cranberry juice
Instructions
  1. On a small plate add simple syrup
  2. On a second small plate add green sanding sugar
  3. Wet the rims of the glasses with Simple syrup by gently dipping them into the plate,then dip the rim into the green sugar
  4. Set glasses aside
  5. Add the vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine, and cranberry juice into a largebartender shaker
  6. Shake to combine
  7. Fill each glass to the brim with ice
  8. Pour cocktail mix into each glass until full

Now, for you non alcoholics, or cool ass people that volunteered to be the dd for the party, here’s something just for you–my version of the Mad Hatter cocktail–sans booze. 

  • Equal parts of cran-grape juice and lemon-lime soda
  • Sugar the rims
  • Pour over ice

You are welcome!

Stop. It was nothing. Really.

Red Queen cocktail

Red Queen Cocktail
Original recipe found here.

So I know this recipe calls for rum but, personally, I’m not a big fan (sorry Jack). I’ll make this one with vodka and it’ll be just as yummy (if not more so). And such a cool idea to use pomegranate as a garnish. It’s pretty . . . like a heart cleaved in two. I know, I know, I’m quite the romantic!

Ingredients
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) White Rum
  • 1/2 oz. (15 ml) Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. (15 ml) Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Serve over ice
  2. Top with Pomegranate Juice
  3. Garnish with pomegranate

Bonus

Trap Queen Shot

▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃TRAP QUEEN SHOT White Layer: 1 oz (30ml) Piña Colada Mix 1 oz (30ml) Alizé Coco Peach 1 oz (30ml) Peach Rum Purple Layer: Viniq Original Instagram Photo Credit: @tipitbackcocktails Post your original recipe and photo on Instagram...
Original recipe found here.

And because there’s always those few party guests that excitedly blurt out: let’s do a shot! . . . Well . . . this one’s for you. Just look at it!! Is it not b-e-a-utiful? We’ve got the blood of the Jabberwocky (purple booze) over the White Queen (white booze). So feckin’ cool! And Viniq–yum!!! Tip: to get the layered look, use the same technique described in the Cheshire Cat recipe.

  • White Layer:
  • 1 oz Piña Colada Mix
  • 1 oz Alizé Coco Peach
  • 1 oz Peach Rum

Purple Layer:

  • Viniq Original

Whelp, that’s all for this time. Stay tuned for the final installment of our Wonderland-themed Halloween extravaganza–I’ve saved the best for last–but before I kick ya to the curb . . .

A bit o’ Fun

Until next time . . .

Happy Haunting

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