Blueberry Rickety Eyeball Punch

This punch--a spookified version of a classic rickey--is a refreshing drink for kids after trick-or-treating. Add some gin, and it's an equally refreshing after-dark cocktail for adults.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

12 to 24 fresh blueberries

12 canned lychees in syrup, drained,plus 5 to 6 tablespoons syrup from the can

3 cups blueberry juice cocktail

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)

2 cups sparkling water

Ice

3/4 cup gin, optional

Directions

  1. Stick 1 to 2 blueberries, depending on their size, into the cavity of each lychee. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and freeze, about 1 hour. (Wait until the "eyeballs" thaw a bit before eating, so that you don't choke on them.)
  2. Stir together 5 tablespoons of the lychee syrup, the blueberry juice and lime juice in a bowl or pitcher until combined. Stir in the sparkling water and add the lychee eyeballs. If it is a bit tart for your taste, add the remaining tablespoon syrup.
  3. Serve in tall glasses over ice, spooning the lychee eyeballs into the glasses as you pour. For a grown-up twist, stir in the gin before adding the sparkling water. Enjoy!

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