Easy to Make Bloody Eyeball Cocktails & Mocktails
You know those uber-scary Halloween houses and events that crop up every year? Those are not for me. I like being scared – but not that much. I feel silly saying it, but even though I know none of it is real, the fake buzz saws and zombies would get to me.
On the other hand, creating things that are a little bit icky, in a funny-spooky way is right up my alley. I like to think these Bloody Eyeball Cocktails & Mocktails are creepy enough to get your attention, but not so scary that you can’t get the kids involved.
And they are SO EASY to make. This “recipe” is more of a guide. Read it through once and you will be able to make these by heart.
Cocktails AND Mocktails
Adults can indulge in the red wine in low FODMAP amounts of 5-ounces (150 ml). Non-imbibers, kids and adults, can have a low FODMAP amount of cranberry juice of 250 ml (a generous 1 cup), which I suggest cutting with water or sparkling water to create for more volume.
The gel red food coloring is optional, but adds a bloody good effect.
Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: For wine, keep your servings to 150 ml; for the mocktails use a maximum of 250 ml cranberry juice (1 cup). Every drink can have two “eyeballs”!
Lychees & FODMAPs
Fresh lychees have been lab tested by Monash University and they are low FODMAP in 30 g amounts, which is about 3 lychees.
Canned lychees have not been lab tested as of this writing (2020). We know that FODMAP content can change during processing, such as when canning. Lychees contain sorbitol, which is water soluble. We often see FODMAP content reduce when foods are canned and drained well before using; the FODMAPs at least partially drain away. We see this in lentils, for instance.
While we do not know the FODMAP content of canned lychees for sure, you could try them, drained well, and assess your tolerance.
Have A Fun & Sweet Halloween
AND while you are in the Halloween holiday mood, be sure to check out our Low FODMAP Halloween Candy article as well as its companion article on Candy Ingredients with serving size recommendations.
For a spooky appetizer, how about our Low FODMAP Spooky Graveyard 7-Layer Dip? A sneak peek below. And be sure to check out our Low FODMAP Spider Web Cupcakes, too! They are chocolaty and luscious and perfect for school and work parties – and bake sales!
Please note that the Nutritional info is very partial due to the fact that we cannot determine whether you are using red wine or cranberry juice and whether you have 1 to 3 lychees (3 or 30 g are the maximum that are low FODMAP.
Bloody Eyeball Cocktails & Mocktails
These Bloody Eyeball Cocktails & Mocktails are a perfect addition to your Halloween party – for kids and adults, whether they are following the low FODMAP diet or not!
- Fresh or canned, drained lychees
- Red wine
- Cranberry juice
- Water or sparkling water
- Red gel food coloring, optional
- Small artist’s brush
Assemble the “eyeballs”. I find that you need two blueberries per lychee. I usually press a smaller blueberry down into the bottom of the lychee opening and then find a blueberry that is size appropriate to the lychee opening, which can vary. You want that blueberry, which you will be able to see, to fit snuggly. Assemble as many “eyeballs” as you want. Use two per serving, max. These eyeballs can be refrigerated in an airtight container overnight.
Right before serving, set out your glasses of choice. For wine, fill each glass with 5 ounces/150 ml. For the mocktails, fill the glasses with ice, then pour over up to 250 ml (or about 1 cup) of cranberry juice and top off with water or sparkling water. Gently lower eyeballs into drinks. If you want to accentuate the bloody effect, place a small amount of the red gel coloring in a small bowl, loosen up slightly with water to a thick, flowable consistency and “paint” bloody trails here and there on the lychees. Serve immediately.
Dédé’s Quick Recipe Tips Video
- Get the kids involved! Creating low FODMAP food can be a creative outlet for the whole family.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.