Swamp Water Surprise Recipe

Swamp Water Surprise Cocktail
A fun idea for Halloween, the Swamp Water Surprise adds lumpy gelatin to the cocktail glass. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
560 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Get a little creepy with this swampy cocktail that is perfect for a Halloween party. The Swamp Water Surprise is, admittedly, more gimmick than anything else, though the rum-orange mix is not half bad.

If you want to add to the murkiness, use orange juice with a lot of pulp. The optional "surprise" is a plasma-like substance made of spiked gelatin that floats in the murky-colored liquid and it can be any color/flavor you like - there really are no 'rules' with this one.

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  • 2 ounces rum
  • 1/4 ounce ​blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce ​orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 package of Jell-O (optional)
  • 1 cup boiling water (optional)
  • 3/4 cup ​vodka (optional)

Steps to Make It

Pour the rum, blue curaçao, and juices into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Surprise: (optional)

Prepare ahead of time so that it's ready when you've finished shaking the Swamp Water.

Dissolve the Jell-O in boiling water.

Add the vodka and set it in the freezer.

Just before the Jell-O gels up, whip it with a whisk.

Let it set for at least 5 minutes.

Carefully spoon The Surprise into the glass of Swamp Water.