Creepy Cocktails: Shrunken Skull Recipe

Shrunken Skull Cocktail — We’re getting you ready for one killer (no pun intended) Halloween party with some creepy cocktails! First up, an easy Tiki drink, the Shrunken Skull Cocktail.

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If Halloween brings us nothing else, it’s an excellent excuse to pile anything you could ever dream of into a cocktail.

And it’s considered acceptable as long as it has a crazy name like “witche’s brew” or “ghoul’s guts” (remember this one?!) to go along with it.

Lucky for you, we teamed up with Robin from Double Trouble to bring you four different creepy cocktails that look crazy cool and still taste amazing, too!

First up, The Shrunken Skull. And when it comes to tiki cocktails, Robin is a purist.

Seriously, the lady know’s what’s up. And this Tiki inspired Halloween cocktail is authentic!

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Tiki Cocktail | What Is A Shrunken Skull?

A Shrunken Skull Cocktail is Tiki drink similar to a Mai Tai. It’s composed of two different rums, lime juice and grenadine.

It’s typically served in a Tiki skull mug (hence, the name). Renowned Tiki historian and mixologist, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry believes that the Shrunken Skull was originally really the Skull & Bones Cocktail from the mid-century.

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Ingredients Needed To Make An Easy Shrunken Skull Cocktail

Gold Puerto Rican rum or any gold rum

Demerara rum

Fresh lime juice

Real grenadine or pomegranate simple syrup

Black sprinkles —  For garnishing

Cherries and pineapple cubes —  For garnishing

Mint spring — For garnishing

Cocktail skewer —  For garnishing

Dry ice — Here’s how you can use dry ice for drink effects.

Is Dry Ice Safe To Eat?

For a smoky creepy effect, the recipe calls for dry ice. Dry ice is safe to use in cocktails.

However, please be aware that the dry ice is for presentation purposes only and not to consume. Dry ice will not alter the flavor of the drink.

Make sure that dry ice sinks to the bottom as it should never be ingested or touched. When handling dry ice, wear gloves or use a utensil.

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Creepy Cocktails | How To Make A Shrunken Skull Cocktail

All you have to do with this one is combine liquid the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice. And then pour the cocktail unstrained into a mug ove crushed ice. Easy, right?

The real showstopper here is the garnishing for presentation!

String the fruit onto the skewer to make a cocktail kabob. The more the cherries bleed color onto the pineapple, the better! 

Next, sprinkle the entire drink with black sprinkles.

Right before serving, drop in a little dry ice. You’ll definitely be impressing your friends when the party arrives.

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More Halloween Recipes To Try

The Shrunken Skull Cocktail looks far more impressive than it is when it comes to making it.

Plus, you can very easily make big batches with just pre-made fruit kabobs or cinnamon sticks on the side.

Guest can then make their own Halloween drink throughout the night. It would be a theatrical treat! 

More for creep cocktails and bites, check out a few of our favorites from the archives —

 

photo of the recipe card on how to make a Shrunken Skull Cocktail recipe for a Halloween cocktail by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Creepy Cocktail | Shrunken Skull Cocktail

photo of the Halloween drink, the Shrunken Skull Cocktail recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Shrunken Skull Cocktail Recipe

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes
An easy Tiki drink for your Halloween party that's just as good as it is creepy.
Total Time10 mins
Course Cocktails
Cuisine tiki

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail skewer

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 oz Demerara rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Real grenadine or pomegranate simple syrup
  • Black sprinkles for garnishing
  • Cherries and pineapple cubes for garnishing
  • Mint sprig optional for granishing
  • Dry ice

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 9mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 214kcal

Notes

  • Dry ice is safe to use in cocktails. Please be aware that the dry ice is for presentation purposes only. It will not alter the flavor of the drink. Make sure that dry ice sinks to the bottom as it should never be ingested or touched.

Instructions

  • Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
  • Pour into a mug unstrained over crushed ice .

To garnish:

  • String the fruit onto the skewer to make a min cocktail kabob. The more the cherries bleed color onto the pineapple, the better!
  • Sprinkle the entire cockail with black sprinkles.
  • Serve the cocktail with a little dry ice. Add the dry ice only until you are ready to serve immediately.
KEYWORD: halloween, halloween drink, rum, simple syrup, sugar and cloth, tiki
Don’t forget to share your Shrunken Skull Cocktail with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We love seeing all of your creations! And if you’re looking for more quick and delicious recipes, you can find them all right here with a few bites to go along!

7 thoughts on “Creepy Cocktails: Shrunken Skull Recipe”

  1. Halloween is coming so guess that we could have the chance to try it! Can`t wait!
    On the flip side,it is not so creepy…it`s just not exotic,but I don`t mind :)
    Kisses!
    Tara

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  2. I’ve been trying to dream up a spooky cocktail for my blog. Love your styling and touch of dry ice here!

    Xx Taylor
    http://www.lightscameracatwalk.com

    Reply

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