Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe

| October 4, 2019 | 11 Comments

History of Halloween

Halloween began as the Celt’s way to celebrate the coming of the new year. The Celts then lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Northern France, and many areas of Eastern Europe. They believed this was a dark time when the dead returned to the earth. You will find below more information on the history of Halloween and a Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe for grown ups!

Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic

The Celts

Celts occupied many parts of Eastern Europe, including Greece and Spain. They were a barbaric tribe, who passed down their traditions and origins by mouth. The first written recording of the Celts, appeared around “500 BCE,” according to historian and researcher Leigh T. Denault.

The Celts were a mysterious, barbaric group of people. They were strong fighters, lived in farming villages, and produced high-quality metal work. Like many cultures around them, the Celts worshipped Gods and Goddesses, and other deities, and believed the number three (the triad) to symbolize the “three layered nature of the human soul”.

According to Richard Hooker’s online article, “European Middle Ages: The Celts“, “druids” played a large role in Celtic religious rituals. These “priests” were of a higher class (celts were known to have a class system), and well learned. Druids were responsible for carrying out the “religious rituals” of the Celts.


There were three specialties “within ancient Druidism”. The “Bards” kept traditions and were trained in “language, grammar, stories”, and a variety of information for 12 years. The “Ovates,” were the healers. The “Druids” and “Druidesses” were well educated, extremely talented, mostly male, and acted as “priests”.

Druids considered the night of October 31st to be the beginning of a new year, “Samhain, the end of warm season”. It was during this time that the spirits of the dead were to Rome the earth, and bonfires were lit to protect the living from the dead.

The holiday of Halloween is said to also be named from the “Druid Lord of Death, Saman”. Most widely known today as, “The Grim Reaper”.

The ancient Celts believed the sun was “loosing strength” due to the coming of the cooler temperatures, and that the “Lord of Death” was over powering the sun god. Since the evil god was overpowering the sun, it is believed he would release the wicked souls back to earth on the night of Halloween. Because of this, sacrifices were made, fires were lit, and Druids would carry out the rituals to appease their “Lord of Death”.

Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Halloween decorations

Julius Ceasar’s View of the Celtic People

Eventually, the Roman empire began to infiltrate into the Celtic culture, and they realized how superstitious a people the Celts were. Julius Ceasar wrote an account of the Druid priests, saying, “All Gallic nations are given too much superstition”. He goes on to explain the sacrifices made by the people in order to appease the Gods.

Even so, the Romans celebrated a festival named “Feralia”, which intended to give rest and peace to the departed.” After conquering a large amount of Celtic territory, these two festivals started to mix together, to give the world the modern day version of “Halloween”.

Christianity Enters Halloween

“In the 7th Century”, a new holiday was decided upon to replace both the Celtic and Roman festivals, “All Saints Day”; however, The Catholic Church eventually decided to designate October 31st as “All Soul’s Day”. A day to remember the dead and pray for the ones who are no longer on earth by offering blessings. November 1st was then named, “All Saints Day”, a day to honour those who sacrificed for the church or who were considered saints.

Unfortunately, the church was never able to totally abolish the pagan practices of Halloween, and the two were mixed.

Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Happy Halloween!

Today’s Halloween

Now, the holiday of Halloween is celebrated as a night to enjoy frights, drinks, crafts, and treats, while dressing up as a favourite character of some sort. Many of the things enjoyed by adults and children today originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Roman festival of Feralia.

So, while celebrating this Halloween night, remember that there is more to the history than just pumpkins, costumes, and trick-or-treats!

Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe

Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon sweeten condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon key lime juice or lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons lime sherbert
  • Pinot Grigio white wine


  • In science tubs add sweetened condensed milk with key lime juice.
  • Add ice cream to the tubes and fill with wine. Serve!

In science tubs add sweetened condensed milk with key lime juice.

Add ice cream to the tubes and fill with wine. Serve!

Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Halloween Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe

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Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: drink, halloween, pinot grigio, sherbert, white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sweeten condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon key lime juice or lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons lime sherbert
  • Pinot Grigio (white wine)
  1. In science tubs add sweetened condensed milk with key lime juice.
  2. Add ice cream to the tubes and fill with wine.
  3. Serve!

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Category: Drinks and Mocktails, Food, Recipes

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Shirley P says:

    Its interestinng How Halloween got started Thank you for the recipe looks good

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    The Spiked Toxic Tonic Recipe sounds like it would taste fantastic and that coming from someone who doesn’t usually drink alcohol. I had no idea that you could buy lime sherbet any where or any sherbet in fact. Where did you get yours from if I may ask?

  3. micheline says:

    This would be a different drink to try, love sweetened condensed milk – use it a lot for desert bars.

  4. mrdisco says:

    That looks like a lot of fun

  5. Calvin says:

    Lots of fun to be had with these concoctions.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I did enjoy reading about the history of Halloween, the Celts and the Druids.

  7. krisha4444 says:

    this is so fun! now i wanna have a halloween party just to make these LOL

  8. Carole D says:

    Sounds Delicious! The history of Halloween is quite interesting!

  9. hmrcarlson says:

    Thanks for all the information on how Halloween came about. So interesting! This drink sounds scrumptious! I need to find some beakers!

  10. Leanne says:

    Wow I have never heard the history of Halloween. Very interesting article and these drinks look really good . Love the beakers, I will have to find some for next years Halloween party .

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