Halloween Cocktail: Bumbaclot!

Okay, I know this is a gross word and if you know what it means, you might be really grossed out right now, thinking I am a huge perv, but it also happens to be a very funny word, and gross is the name of the game at Halloween. So let’s proceed.

Even though it may not seem like rocket science, I spent a few sleepless hours working on this drink in the middle of the night. (Does waking up obsessing over a cocktail make me an alcoholic??? We’ll never know.) I wanted it all: high alcohol content; neat-o color; no Red 40 or other colorings that will give me more cancer than I am probably already headed for; and something gross and chunky in it.

The first thing to do was some research on liqueurs to find one that was naturally colorful. I was really surprised to learn that Chartreuse is colored its fluorescent green color with herbs, not poison. Ooh goody – green slime drink! But, alas, once at the liquor store, I found that it is prohibitively expensive for a gal like me. So I settled for a pomegranate liqueur that was not only Red 40-free, but also on sale for only $18. Perfect. Now that I knew what color it would be, I had to come up with some awesome, wicked, gross-out name. Bumbaclot!

And since the word is Jamaican, obviously I had to use rum. I don’t normally drink rum EVER, since my first experience getting shit-faced drunk at age 15 consisted of downing ten rum shots and chasing them with rum and coke. Brilliant. Just Brilliant. Needless to say, I passed out in the driveway and woke up the next morning with dry heaves galore.

But I figured, “What the hell? It’s Halloween.” So I got rum.

Long story short, I present to you The Bumbaclot. A Halloween drink that is sure to become a classic.

Halloween Cocktail

For two fancy servings:



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An original Halloween cocktail recipe

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces pomegranate liqueur (or other red boozy stuff)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Ginger ale
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses (leave this out if you can’t find it. It might be hard. I’m sorry. Or you could substitute strawberry jam!)
  • Fresh, grated ginger


  1. Put a teaspoon of pomegranate molasses (or jam! I truly am brilliant!) in the bottom of your glasses.
  2. Shake the rum, liqueur and lime juice together with ice.
  3. Pour carefully over the molasses (or jam!) so as not to stir up your blood clot too much.
  4. Top it off with as much ginger ale as you like, or will fit.
  5. Grate some ginger over the top.
  6. Garnish with a band-aid or tampon. JUST KIDDING.

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Try this with my other Halloween recipe: Marshmallow Ghosties! 


  1. Great Stone Face on October 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! Sounds delicious. You’re not drinking. You’re antioxidating! (Although, a couple of these and I’d see planets without your video.)

    I’ve had pomegranate molasses on my shelf for a couple of years now. I drizzle it over (or under) roasted asparagus or broccoli instead of using balsamic vinegar. Also, it makes a great dip called “muhammara,” when you blend it with roasted red peppers, hot peppers, ground walnuts, cumin, and stuff.

    Alton Brown (it figures) has a recipe for making homemade pomegranate molasses from juice, but I don’t have time for that.

    • Hilah Cooking on October 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      GSF! Muhammara sounds good! Something else I’ve done with it is mix half and half with water and use that as grenadine in drinks, since there’s absolutely no pomegranate in grenadine anymore, just Red 40 and corn syrup. (Antioxidating! Good one!)

  2. Jane on October 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    You said, ‘HEAD’. HEEEEEEEEEE!

    • Hilah Cooking on October 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm


  3. Kathryn on November 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This makes me want to have a big fat drink at the office! The use of pomegranate molasses as a blood clot is truly inspired. 🙂 and great costume!

  4. Tony on November 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    My planets are wrinkly. haha. love your show

    • Hilah Cooking on November 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

      Thanks so much, Tony!

  5. Tony on November 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Made these this past weekend. Yum!

    • Hilah Cooking on November 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

      Tony! Thanks! Did you say the name over and over again as you got drunker and drunker? That’s what I did.

  6. Larry The Wizard Siegfried on October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    RazzClott… Girl… Wa Gwan…H…? Good to “See” you….. No Actually Great to See you..:)))).. That drink is “Ire” Girl… ;-)…

  7. Daniel on November 12, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Do you think this recipe would work without the syrup (or jam)?

    • Hilah on November 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Definitely, Daniel! The syrup is really for effect. Have fun!

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