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Dark & Spooky: Halloween Cocktail with Edible Fake Blood

on September 10, 2021
last updated July 21, 2022
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Set the tone for Halloween with the Dark & Spooky—a festive take on a classic Dark & Stormy with an edible fake blood rim.
halloween cocktail with edible fake blood rim

Looking for a delicious drink to wet your whistle this Halloween? Nothing says Dark & Spooky like an edible fake blood cocktail rim on a Dark & Stormy cocktail!

With just three simple ingredients to make this fresh drink, and a simple sweet and tart edible fake blood rim, you’ll be Halloween ready without any stress.

dark and spooky Halloween cocktail

Dark & Spooky Tips and Tricks

Gather Your Ingredients

Since this Halloween cocktail is made up of only 3 ingredients, you want those ingredients to pack a punch!

I highly recommend using fresh lime for the juice and a fiery ginger beer like Fever-Tree or Bundaberg (I also love this ginger beer in a Ginger Beer Mojito!).

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Rum. Preferably dark rum, but truly any works in this simple cocktail.
  • Lime juice. You should get enough lime juice for both the cocktail and the edible fake blood from a total of 2 limes.
  • Ginger beer. I love Fever Tree or Bundaberg for a fiery ginger beer.
lime, rum, and ginger beer

Choosing Your Rum

I love using dark rum in this cocktail because it has a bolder flavor. The difference between dark rum and light rum is that dark rum is aged before it’s bottled, giving it a more oaky flavor.

I used Bacardi Gold for this cocktail with great success, but any dark rum will do. I have not tested this recipe with spiced rum.

Edible Fake Blood

Grab Your Extra Ingredients

Outside of your rum, ginger beer, and lime, if you opt to add an edible fake blood rim, you’ll need two extra ingredients.

My favorite thing about this edible fake blood is that it actually tastes delicious, and doesn’t require any corn syrup.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Powdered sugar. Aka icing sugar or confectioners sugar. No corn syrup is needed here, powdered sugar just needs a little bit of liquid to make a sticky glaze.
  • More lime juice. You guessed it! We use more lime juice as our liquid to make the fake blood come to life without any corn syrup.
  • Red food coloring. Just enough to get the spooky blood-like coloring.
powdered sugar, lime and red food coloring

Use a Hand Mixer or Whisk

You’ll want to fully integrate your lime juice, food coloring, and powdered sugar to get a smooth consistency for your edible fake blood. It’s easiest to use a hand mixer on low, but you can also opt to use a whisk to avoid lumps.

Mix your lime juice and food coloring first, and slowly add the powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. You’re looking for thick, but still runny. Think school glue.

Use a Piping Bag

The easiest way to get your edible fake blood on the rim is with a piping bag. It’s best to avoid touching the food coloring directly, to avoid staining your hands.

Slowly squeeze the fake blood out of the piping bag as you move around the outer rim of the glass.

If you don’t have piping bags, you can easily use a storage bag. Just seal it and use scissors to cut the very tip of one corner off. Voila! Makeshift piping bag!

Green tip: Reduce your plastic waste by using these Reusable Piping Bags!

You can also opt to use a spoon, you’ll just have to be a little more careful!

piping fake edible blood onto rim of cocktail glass

Should You Have Leftover Blood

If you make too much edible fake blood, no worries! Keep it in your piping bag, add a rubber band, piece of tape, or just place the whole bag in a second storage bag to keep it airtight.

Once covered, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

squeezing lime into a halloween cocktail

Halloween Cocktail with Edible Fake Blood Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make fake blood that you can eat?

To make fake blood you can actually eat, make a sticky glaze out of powdered sugar and lime juice, and dye it with red food coloring.

How long does edible fake blood last?

This edible fake blood last for up to three weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Why You Should Make This Dark & Spooky

  • It’s crisp and refreshing. And the ginger beer brings some Fall flavor.
  • It’s simple. Minimal ingredients that you may already have at home!
  • The edible fake blood. So festive and actually tastes delicious with this cocktail!

If you’re loving this Halloween Cocktail with Edible Fake Blood, check out these Halloween Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Fun Salted Chocolate Halloween Cookies.

halloween cocktail with edible fake blood rim

Dark and Spooky: Halloween Cocktail with Edible Fake Blood

5 from 2 votes
Marley Goldin
Set the tone for Halloween with the Dark and Spooky—a festive take on a classic Dark and Stormy with an edible fake blood rim (no corn syrup required!).
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail


Edible Fake Blood

  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • 10 drops red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Dark u0026 Spooky Cocktail

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 5 ounces (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) ginger beer
  • (optional)
  • lime wedge for garnish (optional)


Edible Fake Blood

  • In a large mixing bowl, add lime juice and red food coloring and stir to get a deep red liquid.
  • 1 tablespoon at a time, start adding the powdered sugar, with a hand mixer on low or continuously whisking. Continue to add powdered sugar, up to 1/4 cup until you get a thick consistency (think school glue).
  • Add edible fake blood to a piping bag to give you more control. Use the piping bag to slowly add drops of u0022bloodu0022 to the outer edge of a highball glass.

Dark u0026 Spooky Cocktail

  • Add ice to your garnished highball glass. Pour over rum and lime juice.
  • Top with ginger beer and mix. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and enjoy cold.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime rather than lime juice for the freshest taste! You should get all the juice you need for both the cocktail and the edible fake blood from 1 large lime.
  • If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a storage bag! Just cut the very tip of one corner off to drip the “blood” through.
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
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2 thoughts on “Dark & Spooky: Halloween Cocktail with Edible Fake Blood”

  1. 5 stars
    This fake blood rim is the best I’ve seen! Can’t wait to try it this Halloween. If I don’t have a piping bag could I use a ziploc bag?

    1. Thank you so much, Elise! And it actually tastes delicious, too!

      Yes, you can absolutely use a ziploc bag. Just cut the corner off and use it just as you would the piping bag! Let me know how it turns out!

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