So creepy and delicious, Black Light Swamp Water Shots are a darkly glowing, spooky drink to serve all undead guests and a few witches too!
Why We Love Black Light Swamp Water Shots
- These black light shots may look like something that came out of a swamp, but they get everyone in a wildly festive mood, ready to celebrate everything spooky!
- Each step of this creepy creation is really simple and with a little planning ahead, you can have all of the ingredients together in a jiffy.
- Don’t tell your friends ahead of time but the swamp water is actually a yummy strawberry rum-flavored drink with lemony sweet pops of boba and a special ingredient that makes an eerie glow under a black light.
- Go big and spring for the test tubes to serve this drink in and be forever memorialized as the thrower of epic, haunted celebrations!
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Swamp Water Halloween Shots
TO MAKE EYES OF NEWT: Pick up a box of large tapioca pearls or boba, both of which can usually be found in stores or ordered online. You will also need lemon juice (bottled is just fine), and granulated sugar.
TO MAKE SWAMP WATER: You will need strawberry rum, such as Malibu strawberry rum, or any clear alcohol will also work. To get a great creepy color, you will need red liquid food coloring and green liquid food coloring. The swamp water is also where you will be adding a special ingredient: Vitamin B2 capsules! Make sure to get the capsules, which have already finely ground Vitamin B2 in them, and not the tablets.
TO MAKE A SWAMP WATER SHOT: Along with the swamp water, you will also need pink cranberry juice when preparing the final shot.
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STEP 1 Start by making the Boba according to the package directions. Once the Boba has been prepared, mix it with the lemon juice and sugar and let the Boba soak up the flavors while everything else is made.
STEP 2 To make the swamp water, add the rum to a small pitcher or measuring cup. Carefully open a Vitamin B2 capsule, sprinkle a little into the rum, and then mix. Add the food coloring and mix well.
STEP 3 To make the shot, add the cranberry juice and swamp water to a test tube or large/double shot glass. Carefully add the boba a little at a time and enjoy a spook-tacular evening!
Tips & Tricks
- The swamp water can be made well in advance but the boba is best made when you are going to use it.
- Boba can be found in any Asian market and many grocery stores nowadays. They can also be ordered online, which is pretty convenient. Some boba needs to be soaked ahead of time and some brands don’t need this step so if you know you will be short on time, pick out a quick-to-make boba.
- If you prefer not to buy strawberry rum, vodka or silver rum can be substituted. If you want to go with flavored vodka or a different flavor of rum, just make sure it’s a flavor that tastes good with the lemon boba and cranberry juice. (Pineapple and citrus are both great options.)
- Finding test tubes for this drink is pretty easy around Halloween, just check out the local craft stores or look online at Amazon, where they are available year-round. Be sure to get the stand too, for an extra special look!
Black Light Swamp Water Shot FAQ
Is it safe to use Vitamin B2 in drinks?
While Vitamin B2 may allow drinks to glow under black light, it’s actually very safe to use. As with most B vitamins, it’s water soluble so when the body can’t use it, it just gets flushed out. Vitamin B2 is also known as Riboflavin, which is found in…well, practically any food and has been for a very long time! The reason you don’t want to use too much in these Swamp Water shots is that too much of it will make the drink taste bitter and not delicious. So enjoy the black light effect and keep it spooky out there!
What liquor glows in black light?
There are no actual liquors that glow under black light, but there are several hundred recipes in the world (and probably underworld too) for drinks that will. I think the classic Gin and Tonic is what most people think of when referencing a glowing drink, but it’s the quinine in the tonic water that really glows, not the gin. Most energy drinks with B Vitamins will glow under a black light, as well as clear sodas like Sprite and 7UP.
Try adding either B Vitamins, Tonic water, soda, or an energy drink to your favorite alcohol and see what color it glows!
Other Recipes You May like
- Witches Brew Halloween Punch
- Black Magic Jello Shots
- Beetlejuice Cocktail
- Forbidden Forest Test Tube Shots
- Succubus Kiss Halloween Shots
Black Light Swamp Water Shots
Swamp Water Rum
Swamp Water Shots
- 1 ounce pink cranberry juice cocktail
- 1.5 ounces swamp water rum
- ½ tablespoon eggs of newt
Eggs of Newt
- Prepare the boba pearls according to the package directions.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice to the prepared boba and stir to combine. Allow to sit so the boba can soak up the flavors.
Swamp Water Rum
- Pour the um into a measuring cup with a spout. Split apart the B2 capsule and sprinkle a small amount of the powder into the rum. (A little goes a very long way.) Stir to combine, the rum will be a bright almost neon yellow.
- Add the food coloring to the rum and mix until the rum is a dark, mossy green color.
Swamp Water Shots
- Place a funnel into the top of a test tube. Pour in the pink cranberry juice and then the swamp water rum. Add the boba pearls (they'll sink to the bottom). Repeat with the remaining ingredients
- Top each test tube with a lid and store in the fridge until ready to serve. (The boba should be consumed within a few hours of preparing.)
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. If you don’t want to use test tubes, you can make these shots in shooter glasses (at least 3.5 oz).
- If you can’t find pink cranberry juice cocktail, white cran-strawberry juice will work too.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.