Published on Friday, October 1, 2021

By Melissa Pette

We have cooked many fun spooky recipes to celebrate the darkest night of the year. Now is time to make more room on our table for a couple of drink recipes I dusted off as requested by some readers.

These were shared by Anne and James McIntyre. They have traveled from the city of Inverness in Scotland, "it is the highland region and the coldest winter of all cities in the UK," as they said, to live in the heavenly Coco Beach in Guanacaste Province. Such a drastic lifestyle change!

The McIntyre’s are inviting us to get drunk with their homemade concoctions.
So, let's go to the kitchen!

Blood-eyed cocktail

The ingredients for four drinks are:

• 8 small radishes.

• 4 black olives.

• Wooden toothpick.

• A bottle of your favorite liquor. I recommend gin, whiskey, red wine or beer.

First, cut the tips off the radishes. Peel the radish with the help of a knife in vertical lines, in the most irregular way possible to make the veins of the eye. The finer the lines, the more the radish will have a veins effect.

Cut the black olives into small rounded slices.

With the help of the knife, make a hole in one of the ends of the radish. Insert a small piece of the radish shell into the hole and then the olive to make the eye.

If you are using a small glass, pierce the eye with a wooden toothpick. If your glass is large, that step will not be necessary.

Freeze the eyes for half an hour.

Serve your favorite drink and place the eyes as if they were ice cubes. If you don't like radish, use your wooden toothpick eyes to hang over the glass.

Thief mutilated hand punch

The McIntyre’s said that this drink is related to ancient laws of Islamic states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. The Hudud's law imposed punishments on people for committing crimes such as cheating or theft. In some types of theft penalty, so-called Sariqa, the robber's hand was amputated. Well, this long introduction is to explain the origin of this mutilated hand thief punch.

To make a large bowl of Scottish punch the ingredients are:

• 1 cup and 3/4 white sugar or 400 grams.

• 1.5 liters of cranberry juice.

• 1 liter of scotch.

• 1 disposable latex glove.

• Red liquid food color (extra strength) or red jello instant powdered gelatin.

• A packet of gummy neon sour worms.

First, wash the latex glove, then fill it with water, close it with a knot and let it freeze for an hour, or more if you have time.

In a large glass punch bowl, add the scotch, sugar, and cranberry juice. Stir a bit. Put the punch in the fridge for a half-hour.

When the hand is frozen, use a knife to cut the glove.

Before serving, add the hand into the punch bowl, add a few drops of red food coloring. If you can't find a food liquid coloring, use red jello. Decorate the punch bowl top with gummy worms.

Now, watch people’s reaction to your thief's hand punch.

I know I sound like a broken record but I would like to thank y'all for reading this column for taking the time to share your stories and recipes with us. You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida!

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