Spooky soirée: Make cocktails, chicken 'witch' fingers, more

Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, Ray Isle of Food & Wine is highlighting three delicious cocktails and a couple of tasty snacks for a Halloween party. Serve up dark and stormy death punch, hard cider sangria, kirs normand, spicy cheddar witch fingers and spiced candy corn crispies.

Dark and stormy death punch
Servings:

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

    • One 20-ounce can lychees in heavy syrup
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
    • 16 brandied cherries
    • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
    • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
    • 12 ounces dark rum
    • Three 12-ounce bottles ginger beer
    • Ice cubes

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Kirs Normand
Servings:

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

    • 2 large Granny Smith apples (optional)
    • 6 2/3 cups cold dry hard cider, preferably French
    • 6 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Crème de Framboise or crème de cassis

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Hard cider sangria
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples
    • 1 navel orange-quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
    • 1 cup apple juice, chilled
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup apple brandy
    • One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
    • Ice

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Spicy cheddar witch fingers
Servings:

Makes 3 dozen

Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
    • 36 sliced almonds (about 1/3 cup)

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Spiced candy corn crispies
Servings:

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

    • One 10-ounce bag marshmallows
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon pure ancho chile powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Orange and yellow food coloring
    • 6 cups Rice Krispies
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

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