Helen’s Horrifying Halloween Countdown – Vampire’s Blood Mocktail

Good evening lovelies,

Tonight’s recipe is a five- ingredient mocktail which was rather popular at all too many of our Halloween parties. This retro recipe can be made to be rather ghoulish, all thanks toa the addition of a few simple ingredients. Unfortunately, I don’t have any grenadine (Indeed, somebody didn’t properly plan..) and as such I couldn’t take any photographs to share with you, but I hope that at the very least, this step by step tutorial will land you with satisfying results.

In my youth, my parents were extremely creative people. Every time Halloween and Christmas came around, the ideas came out in abundance. The preparations and creativities were always a family affair and these Vampire’s Blood mocktails were always met with an equal mix of horror and curiosity. Even when that wore off, it was still amusing when our young friends told their parents that Vampire’s Blood is actually pretty tasty. Needless to say, an explanation was typically needed after that one!

Essentially, this drink is the old lemonade float revisited. If you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, you probably remember these and variants thereof. The addition of grenadine allows you to create a striking visual effect which is red at the bottom of the glass, and clear towards the top. Add only a few drops at a time as the grenadine will “cloud” at the bottom of the glass and the colour will spread up somewhat. If you add too much, the colour will spread too far and the visual effect will be lost. The absence of alcohol also makes this drink a fun bubbly treat for all ages.

Alright, so let’s get started.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Lemonade or cream soda (ramune soda could also work, too!)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Strawberry ice cream sauce
  • Gummy vampire fangs


  1. To begin, fill a hi-ball glass to approximately 1-1.5″ below the rim of the glass with your preferred clear soda. Whatever you choose must be clear and not coloured in any way as that will impede the effect.
  2. Carefully add a small splash of grenadine syrup. Remember not to add more than a few drops at a time and add a little more if desired.
  3. Take a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and carefully place it on top of the lemonade. Be careful not to submerge the ice cream as it will foam excessively and make a mess.
  4. Carefully drizzle a few drops of strawberry ice cream sauce on top of the ice cream and place some gummy fangs on top. Finish with a black or red paper straw. Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Helen’s Horrifying Halloween Countdown – Vampire’s Blood Mocktail

  1. I’ve seen some of your creative Halloween treats on your instagram – you really have a gift for creating fun spooky treats. I’m sure that children must love visiting you during October!

    1. Thankyou, you’re too kind. All of the things I’ve recreated are the crazy ideas that I used to grow up with and yes, they were very popular. I never used to have a tough time convincing people to come to our Halloween parties. If anything, my parents were so popular and crazy that I had a job telling some children that they weren’t invited. My parents didn’t stop doing them because of us, they stopped doing them because they realised that the party invitations weren’t going both ways and they refused to be the mugs after that. From about ’95 onwards, we used to go for a late season trip down to Cornwall instead. I missed Halloween for a while but to be honest, when you have a family as crazy as mine, a “who can stay in the North Atlantic Ocean In October for the longest?” contest can be just as fun. I don’t reminisce my Halloween days with sadness. Those ideas were so great, I just don’t want any other young children to be missing out. Carving pumpkins is great, but it’s what you can do with the pulp that really matters. More on that on Thursday 😉

      1. I can’t wait! And by the way, I completely understand why your parents stopped doing the parties. That was awfully hypocritical that the invitations weren’t going both ways. And, yes, sometimes private celebrations are just as enjoyable 🙂

      2. It did used to upset me, but then I started to think of it and see it another way – not everybody has cool parents like I do. My Mum is sporting rainbow hair as we speak – she’s crazy!

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