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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

The Pale Man Cocktail

With Halloween steadily approaching creepy movies have been on the TV non-stop. While 'Hocus Pocus' is a fun family favorite, one of my favorites is 'Pan's Labyrinth- El Laberinto del Fauno.' It's truly a visually creepy movie with a compelling, well told story. The story takes place in Francoist Spain, where we meet Ofelia. Without giving too much away, Ofelia meets a Faun who gives her three tasks to complete which will give her immortality and return her to her rightful place as a fabled princess.  This Halloween cocktail is inspired by her second task— to retrieve an item from the lair of the Pale Man, a child-eating monster with sagging pale pink skin and eyes in the palms of his hands. A truly gruesome and scary visual that has been singed into my brain... perfect for a Halloween cocktail. The Pale Man Cocktail while creepy looking has a sweet bubbly mix of Lychee, Strawberry, Blackberry Ginger Ale, and Vodka.

Here's my Recipe:

The Pale Man Cocktail

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)
A Sweet Halloween cocktail inspired by The Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth

The Pale Man CocktailIngredients

  • 1 20oz can Lychees in Syrup
  • 1 Strawberry Fruit Popsicle
  • 2 Cups Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • 8 oz Vodka
  • A bunch of Black seedless Grapes


  1. Pour 1/2 cup of lychee syrup into a blender with the Strawberry Popsicle and Vodka. Blend until frothy.
  2. Pour the blended lychee vodka mixture into a pitcher and add the Blackberry Ginger Ale.
  3. Serve in individual glasses garnished with lychees stuffed with black grapes. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 - 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 5 mins.
Total time: 10 mins.
Tags: cocktail, mixed drink, pale man cocktail, party drink, halloween cocktail, pan's labyrinth cocktail


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