Add some fun texture and creepy appeal to your halloween cocktails and shots!

I kept trying to think of something fun and different to do for my halloween cocktails this year, and this is what I came up with : Using tapioca pearls for fun cocktails!

This instructable explains how to cook the pearls, how to color/flavor them, and ideas for using them. If you have more ideas, I'd love to hear them in the comments or on my blog!


PS: Also, you can see the final ones I used at our Halloween Party HERE. I did shooters in test tubes and also had balls served in martini glasses to add to drinks.

Step 1: Make the Tapioca Pearls

Ever had Bubble Tea? It's made with large tapioca pearls, and has a really interesting look. I figured there's no reason we couldn't make some fun halloween drinks/shots/cocktails with the tapioca pearls. A trip to the local Whole Foods yielded a bag of large pearls. You can also find them online, and I would expect at Asian markets. You want large tapioca pearls - I used Reese brand. Note you have to have the pearls, not instant tapioca or anything like that. You'll likely find them near the puddings in the grocery store.

First I made a test batch with about 1/4 c of pearls-- adapting a recipe for making pearls for bubble tea:

1. The ratio should be a minimum of 7:1, water to tapioca pearls.
2. Boil water in a large pot.
3. Add in the tapioca pearls to boiling water.
4. The tapioca pearls should float in the water.
5. Boil for about 25 minutes depending on the tapioca pearl with the cover on.
6. Turn the heat off and let the tapioca sit in the water for 25 minutes.

Don't rinse, just move on to the next step.

They may not be totally clear. On my first batch following the above directions there was a spec of solid in the center, but I liked that as it gave me more of an egg look. My second batch, which these pictures are from, I forgot about them and left them in the water longer, and they were totally clear and jelly like.

You can see in the next step how many pearls that made, so adjust your amount to cook accordingly.
<p>I guess dipping them into solution of Vitamin B is enough to make them glow bright under blacklight lamp(or,UV lamp,but those black tube lamps are much better to see).</p><p>Known drinks that contain Vitamin B:</p><p>Red Bull,and ALL multivitamin drinks. They can't omit this!</p><p>Also,why Vitamin B?</p><p>They're edible,returns to the nature when disposed of,and also,they're vitamin.</p>
What a great idea! Definitely going to give these a try. Thanks for sharing! <br> <br>Cheers!
Your ible does add a lot of helpful information with the different kind of balls you make. I'm guessing the different reaction between the liquor infused ones is due to relative alcohol percentage. Correct me if I'm wrong (not exactly a heavy drinker) but I believe Creme de Menthe would have a much lower alcohol content than the others - certainly than the rum. The alcohol likely reacts with the pearls in some way, but the lower alcohol content of the Creme de Menthe prevented the reaction.<br><br>Could you tell approximately how much alcohol was absorbed by the pearls? Because it could be useful for individuals who don't like the taste of alcohol and could have them floating in a cocktail with a low alcohol percentage, or even no alcohol, and they wouldn't taste the flavour of the alcohol as much.<br>
As a hint for the future (as it'd be helpful in this recipe and for other &quot;edible fake blood&quot; recipes)...<br /> <br /> To take the pinkish tint from grenadine and darken it, add a very small ammount of <strong>green</strong> food coloring. For a bottle of grenadine, that's around 2 to 3 drops PER&nbsp;BOTTLE. For homemade red dyed concoctions, it tends to be less than a drop of green.<br /> <br /> It darkens and takes the pink tint from red dyed foods to make it more &quot;blood&quot; looking. If anyone dyes their pearls using the grenadine+green mix, i'd love to see it.<br />
awesome! thanks for this hint!
so we're making a variation of bubble tea. you can find bubble tea straws online that are fat enough to suck up the bubbles. it's kind of fun, as long as the tapioca is fresh and highly flavored, otherwise they end up sort of like little balls of tasteless goo. you can find other recipes, even kits that have lots of different flavors, ranging from clear fruit teas to smoothie type drinks that have milk (or substitutes like almond or rice milks) added in. ....the opaque milky ones look kind of neat with the colored pearls peeking out in the bottom of the glass. bubble tea type drinks are incredibly popular in quite a few areas of the country and are HUGE overseas in Asian countries. normally they're made fresh, to your order but they used to make a bottled premade tea. that was the first experience i had with it and i was sooo unimpressed. it was tasteless weak tea with small &quot;bubbles&quot; in it that were colored but not flavored...and no straw, so when you tried to drink it you ended up bombarded by the bubbles as they fell forward when you tipped the bottle to drink. i personally don't like having to try to drink around gooey chunks when having a drink. eventually i found a place that made them fresh where you could choose your flavor of tea, even mixing flavors and you can put in any flavor of bubble you want. i personally love making tropical type mixes with fruity flavors in the liquid and coconut flavored pearls. YUM!<br>great job on the instructable! i'm love introducing bubble tea type drinks in the hopes that people will want them enough to get more shops that make them started around the country so we can all get our fix without having to go the somewhere on the east or west coast to get it! bubble teas for everyone!
They've got a pretty good selection of tapioca pearls here: <a href="http://bit.ly/tpearls" rel="nofollow">http://bit.ly/tpearls</a><br />
I made these for a halloween party and no one would put them in their drinks because they looked so gross, lol. I soaked them in thawed juice concentrate overnight and they looked really good.<br /> <br /> Thanks for the great idea! <br />
i have a great idea!!!! go to your local hobby shop and by a bunch of beakers or flasks to put your drinks in. Wash first before you serve your mad scientist concoction!!! *i.e. dress up as a mad scientist* good shtick <br/>
Thanks for all the nice comments! <br/><br/>You can see the final ones I did for halloween <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dabbled.org/2008/11/halloween-wrap-up-party-food.html">HERE</a>. I made the red balls redder by using grenadine with additional red food coloring.<br/><br/>No need to wait for Halloween either...<br/>You could totally do these for a holiday party too. Make red balls, and put them in a green liqueur for a holly berry look.<br/>
These look awesome.. I'll have to find the pearls somewhere so I can try this for next year's Halloween party. :)
Fantastic! Thank you for testing the pearls in strong alcohol! It wouldn't have occurred to me beforehand but I suspect those pearls were firmer and smaller due to the hydrophilic (water absorbing) nature of ethanol. Can't wait to play with this so thanks again!
Tonic water lights up under UV light. Might try soaking the pearls in there for another effect.
omg i think that they look really nice yum add some hot glue to the glass to make a web would make it cool
What an awesome idea!!! Having a halloween party this year and will be making these fun little drinks!!! thanks for sharing Tissuepapers
Glad you like it! I added a little addtional info, and a way cool picture of my first batch that a photographer friend of mine took.
Oh hells yeah... Halloween here I come!!!...

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