How are there only two weeks until Halloween? It seems impossible, and yet here we are halfway through the Studio LB October program and getting ready to celebrate. Whether that means hitting up a sexy low-lit costume party or going door to door trick-or-treating with your little Buzz Lightyear/Baby Shark/Wonder Woman, Halloween goes hand in hand with sugary and boozy indulgences. Give yourself some grace and go ahead having a spiked hot cider or Reese’s cup, but I also wanted to share two of my favorite Studio LB approved Halloween treats that won’t undermine your progress.
For Mars - Candy Corn Popsicles
Hot Take: candy corn is not good. At all. Sorry, not sorry. But these popsicles have the pretty color scheme of candy corn and actually taste good so it’s a win win. Frozen or fresh fruit both work for this recipe, and this fills about 10 molds.
1 cup coconut milk (from a 15 oz. can)
1 teaspoon agave syrup
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup diced peaches
1/2 cup water
Add agave to coconut milk to taste - you want it sweet but not overwhelming. Fill 1/3 of the popsicle molds with coconut milk. Insert popsicle sticks and top and place in the freezer with mold cover to freeze completely.
Puree pineapple in blender or food processor with just enough water until thick and smooth. Fill the second third of the ice pop mold with the pineapple. Freeze.
Puree frozen peaches in blender or food processor with enough water until thick and smooth. You may want a few more drops of agave here to sweeten. Fill the pop molds the rest of the way up and freeze.
Release pops by running briefly under warm water.
For Me & Jordan - Smoky Spooky Szn
We take Mars down to West Hollywood for trick or treating, since our hood would require a serious hill hike to get a haul of candy. After we get home and put our sugar crazed child to bed, we’re planning to have this delicious cocktail outside together and decompress. Something about the smokiness in mezcal reminds me of cooler temperatures, so it just feels right for Halloween. We like to load up this margarita-ish cocktail with ground turmeric for its anti-inflammatory qualities.
2 oz mezcal
1.5 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp ground turmeric
3 tsp agave syrup
lime wedge & coarse salt to garnish
Mix mezcal, orange juice, turmeric and agave over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
Wet glass rim with lime wedge, and salt the rim with a mix of ground turmeric and coarse salt.
Serve over ice & enjoy