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Caramel Apples to pair with Transylvanian Blood Punch

Lisette from blog Lisette Loves has created some exclusive Halloweeny sweet bites to pair with a "blood" punch...

"For a dinner party I want something easy to make so that I’m not in the kitchen making batches of cocktails all evening. Each of the measures in this recipe can be easily adjusted to personal taste if made by the glass or for larger groups it could be made in a high volume in a punch bowl. It’s sweet but not sickly and the gin gives the bubbles a real kick". Lisette

Transylvanian Blood Punch

Prep Time:2 Min


25ml Gin
100ml Cherry Juice
100ml Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
25ml Gomme Syrup


  1. Add the gin and the Gomme to the bottom of a wine glass
  2. Pour in the cherry juice and stir in the Freixenet and serve


Caramel Apples

Total Time:30 Min


4 small apples (I used Braeburn)
400g caster sugar
5 tbsp of golden syrup
100ml water
Sticks/ lollypop sticks - I used sticks as they looked more festive


  1. Dunk the apples in a bowl of boiling water to remove the waxy covering and dry thoroughly - this step is really important. Remove the stalks from the apples.
  2. Put the sugar and water to a pan and put on a medium heat until dissolved.
  3. Add the golden syrup and heat to 140 degrees or until it passes the crack test - take the caramel off the heat.
  4. Insert the stick into the core of the apples and roll in the caramel.
  5. Place the caramel apples on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.


The Crack Test
To test if the caramel is ready if you don't have a thermometer do the cold water test. Drop a dollop of caramel in a glass of cold water and hardens immediately and goes brittle when removed it's ready.

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