Blogger offers a Hand to Create a Scary Halloween Punch

Mark Hamanderson Offers Great Advice on How to Make a Frozen Hand for your Halloween Punch Bowl.  The following is from his blog.   Making a hand of ice is pretty easy: fill a glove with water and put it in the freezer. That said, the following tips will help.

The mold

frozen hand ice mold
Photo by blog.markhamanderson.com

My advice is to use a flimsy dishwashing glove. You can, of course, use a latex glove (as for medical exams) or nitrate glove (as for automotive work), but the drawback for these is that lefts and rights are interchangeable; they look less like a real hand because the thumb is positioned improperly.

Suspending it in the freezer

hanging glove
Use skewers to suspend the glove

You’ll need a way to suspend your glove in the freezer while the water crystallizes. I recommend driving a pair of skewers (as for shish kebabs) through the glove from perpendicular angles about an inch or so below the wrist opening. Then you can hang your glove inside an empty oatmeal box (you know, the round sort)*.

Avoiding swelling

Water expands as it freezes, which can give your frozen hand and unnatural degree of swelling in the palm, looking quite as though it had suffered a number of bee stings. To minimize this, add just a bit of water at a time to your glove, wait for it to freeze, add more water, etc.

Where to stop

Don’t fill the glove further than the base of the hand. An ordinary wrist is narrower than the hand, but dishwashing gloves are not that shape.

How to make an ice hand mold
*To keep its shape, hang the glove inside an empty oatmeal box.

Protecting the fingers

When you remove your dishwashing glove from the frozen hand, the fingers are liable to snap off. That’s okay. Apply a bit of water to the break, restore the severed finger to its place, hold it so for a couple of seconds, and put it back in the freezer for a little while.

Frost-free freezers

My advice is to not make your ice hand far in advance. Modern domestic freezers are all ‘Frost free’, which means that they periodically (all too frequently) go through periods of thawing and freezing. This will wreak havoc on your hand of ice. In the end, my hand’s fingers became shortened and clawlike.

And this is what the result should look like:

Screaming Red Punch with a Hand
Photo: Kevin Kennefick for Storey Publishing

Screaming Red Punch with a Hand

Lygeia Grace, a Simply Stated Contributor offers this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 new (non-powdered preferred) rubber surgical glove (or the dishwashing glove as shown above)
  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 2 liters ginger ale

Directions:

  1. Unless using the instructions above for the dishwashing glove, rinse the rubber surgical glove inside and out several times with cold water to make sure it doesn’t have any powder coating. Fill with water and tie the wrist tightly closed with a twist tie. Freeze solid.
  2. Mix the juices and ginger ale in a large punch bowl. Cut the glove carefully off the hand and fingers with a sharp scissors and float the molded hand in the punch.
  3. Enjoy.

The Arnold Palmer drink

Golfer Arnold Palmer rising a glass of his signature drink.

Cheers! Golfer Arnold Palmer lifts a glass of his namesake: half tea, half lemonade.

The man himself sets the record straight in an entertaining new 30 for 30 short, “The Arnold Palmer.”

“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey babe, I’ve got an idea.’ You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ “

Palmer goes on to tell the story about how he was in a Palm Springs restaurant, ordered the drink to his specifications and was overheard by a woman sitting nearby. “I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.”

With that, a mixed drink was named and a legendary golfer extended his influence beyond the course. Ten years ago, the rights to the drink were sold to AriZona Beverage Co. Sales exceeded $100 million in 2010.

This was featured in the USA Today article by Chris Chase.