Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Witch’s Brew |

Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Witch’s Brew

by Jeanne McGovern
Martini glass
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Package lime gelatin (6 ounce)

2 cups boiling water

3 cups chilled pineapple juice

1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime flavored soda or 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale

2 cups chilled vodka (you can leave out to make a kids’ version of the brew)

Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Stir in the pineapple juice, the entire 2 liter of soda and the vodka. Let cool to room temperature.

As a rule, I try to avoid brightly colored cocktails. And I never drink green ones (long story, but too much Midori at a college frat formal is at the root of my fear). But while cruising my neighborhood last Halloween, a friend had set out a bowl of “Witch’s Brew” — and who was I to decline a cup of cheer on this most Aspen of holidays? Surprisingly, it was green drink that did not turn me green. In fact, it was sweet and bubbly, with just a hint of lime. As I began to plan for this year’s trick-or-treat festivities, my mind turned to the Witch’s Brew. And as luck would have it, a quick Google search brought up all sorts of recipes; the one here is closest to what I recall drinking. And it can be made in a kids’ version, which means we might go green at my house this Halloween.

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