Thursday, September 17, 2009

Witches brew

In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

(many thanks to Willy Shakespeare)

Alternate recipe for Witches' Brew
Gourmet October 1995
recipe from Epicurious

For spice syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar

A chilled 25.4-ounce bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups)
A chilled 1-quart bottle cranberry juice cocktail
A chilled 1-liter bottle club soda or seltzer water
1 cup dark rum if desired

For serving:
Ice blocks in any shape*
Make spice syrup:

In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup. Syrup may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.

In a punch bowl combine remaining ingredients and strain syrup through a fine sieve into punch. Stir punch and add ice blocks. Makes about 13 cups.


  1. Cool photograph! And we saw Macbeth this summer and loved it, loved it, loved it! It was my first Shakespeare play and now I'm hooked! And the punch recipe sounds good too, we are thinking of having a Halloween party this year and that might be a good addition to the spread!

  2. Hi Lori!

    Oh you lucky! I've never seen Macbeth on the stage. I bet it was so wonderful. I've been fortunate enough to see a few Shakespeare plays, quite an experience isn't it?! I wish I could remember the name of the last one we saw??? It was free at the park, so much fun.

    I have to admit that I've never tried the punch recipe but it sure sounds yummy. I snagged it to go with the old crones above. :)

    Happy Friday!

  3. Hi Sally,
    I just love that photo of the 4 witches! I need to try the Witches Brew recipe too - it sounds yummy.


  4. Hi Stephanie!

    Isn't that picture great. It would be so much fun to know the origin and back story!