Eyeball Highball Recipe - Radish and Olive Cocktail from USA

Eyeball Highball

Eyeball Highball Recipe - Radish and Olive Cocktail from USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 12


Eyeball Highball
Eyeball Highball

The Eyeball Highball is a spooky and fun cocktail perfect for Halloween parties or themed events. This creepy drink is sure to impress your guests with its unique presentation and delicious taste.


The Eyeball Highball is a modern twist on the classic highball cocktail, with the addition of radish and olive "eyeballs" floating in the drink. This recipe has gained popularity in recent years as a festive and playful way to celebrate Halloween.


How to prepare

  1. Trim the stem and root ends of a radish, ensuring it is small enough to fit into an individual section of an ice-cube tray. Use a paring knife to scrape off most of the red skin, leaving just enough to give the radish a veined appearance.
  2. Rinse the radish and use a small melon baller to cut a hole with a diameter of 0.5 inches into the radish.
  3. Take an olive, cut side out, and fit it into the hole of the radish. Place the radish in the ice-cube tray.
  4. Repeat this process until the tray is full. Then, pour water over the eyeballs and freeze.


  • Substitute green olives for a different color "eyeball" effect.
  • Add a splash of grenadine for a blood-red swirl in the drink.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use small radishes that will fit into individual sections of an ice-cube tray.

- Scrape off just enough red skin from the radish to give it a veined appearance.

- Use a small melon baller to create a hole in the radish for the olive "eyeball" to fit into.

- Freeze the eyeballs in water to keep them cold and add a chilling effect to the drink.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Eyeball Highball in a clear glass to showcase the "eyeballs" floating in the drink. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint for added color and flavor.

Cooking Techniques

The key technique in this recipe is creating the radish "eyeballs" by hollowing out the radish and inserting an olive. Freezing the eyeballs in water helps them stay intact and adds a chilling effect to the drink.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have radishes on hand, you can use cherry tomatoes or peeled grapes as a substitute for the "eyeballs."

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the radish "eyeballs" ahead of time and freeze them until ready to use. This will save time when assembling the cocktails for your guests.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Eyeball Highball in a large punch bowl with the frozen eyeballs floating on top. Add dry ice for a spooky fog effect.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Eyeball Highball with savory appetizers like mini meatballs or cheese platters. The salty olives in the drink complement the flavors of these dishes.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Eyeball Highball in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply pour the drink over ice and stir to chill.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Eyeball Highball contains approximately 30 calories.


Each serving of Eyeball Highball contains approximately 3 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Eyeball Highball contains approximately 1 gram of fat.


Each serving of Eyeball Highball contains approximately 0 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

The radishes in the Eyeball Highball provide a good source of vitamin C and potassium.


This recipe contains olives, which may be an allergen for some individuals.


The Eyeball Highball is a low-calorie cocktail with minimal carbohydrates and fats. It is a fun and festive drink option for special occasions.


The Eyeball Highball is a fun and festive cocktail that is perfect for Halloween parties or themed events. With its unique presentation and delicious taste, this drink is sure to be a hit with your guests.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something special. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend, Mrs. Jenkins, at her cozy little cottage by the sea. Mrs. Jenkins was known far and wide for her culinary skills, and she had a knack for creating the most delicious and inventive dishes.

As I sat at her kitchen table, sipping on a cup of tea and enjoying the view of the sparkling ocean, Mrs. Jenkins suddenly jumped up from her seat and disappeared into her pantry. She reemerged with a small, tattered notebook in hand, a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

"Have I ever shown you my recipe for Eyeball Highball?" she asked, a hint of excitement in her voice.

I shook my head, intrigued by the peculiar name. Mrs. Jenkins sat back down at the table and began flipping through the pages of her notebook, her fingers tracing the faded ink of the handwritten recipe. She explained that she had come across it many years ago, during a trip to a remote village in the mountains of Peru.

"It's a traditional drink they serve during their annual harvest festival," she said, her eyes dancing with memories of her travels. "It may sound strange, but trust me, it's absolutely delicious."

With that, Mrs. Jenkins set to work, gathering the ingredients and mixing them together with practiced precision. I watched in awe as she expertly crafted the Eyeball Highball, a concoction of fresh lychee fruit, blueberries, vodka, and a splash of citrus juice.

As she poured the drink into a tall glass, I couldn't help but marvel at its eerie resemblance to a real eyeball, complete with a lychee fruit "iris" and blueberry "pupil" floating in the clear liquid. Mrs. Jenkins handed me the glass with a knowing smile, urging me to take a sip.

The taste was unlike anything I had ever experienced before – sweet and tangy, with a subtle kick from the vodka. It was a refreshing and invigorating drink, perfect for a hot summer day.

From that moment on, the Eyeball Highball became a staple in my recipe repertoire. I shared it with friends and family, who were equally impressed by its unique flavor and presentation. It quickly became a favorite at dinner parties and gatherings, sparking conversations and laughter among guests.

Over the years, I continued to perfect the recipe, adding my own twists and variations to suit different tastes. I experimented with different fruits and liquors, trying new combinations and techniques to elevate the drink to new heights.

One day, while browsing through an old cookbook at a flea market, I stumbled upon a recipe for a similar drink called the "Ojo de Dios," or "Eye of God," from the indigenous tribes of Mexico. Intrigued by the similarities between the two recipes, I decided to delve deeper into the history and cultural significance of these traditional beverages.

I spent countless hours researching and studying the ancient rituals and traditions surrounding these drinks, uncovering a rich tapestry of stories and legends that spanned centuries. I learned that these drinks were not just meant for consumption, but for spiritual and ceremonial purposes as well, symbolizing unity, gratitude, and the cyclical nature of life.

Armed with this newfound knowledge, I began incorporating elements of these traditions into my own version of the Eyeball Highball. I started infusing the drink with herbs and spices that held symbolic meaning, such as sage for wisdom, lavender for tranquility, and cinnamon for prosperity.

I also started serving the drink in special glassware adorned with intricate designs and patterns inspired by ancient symbols and motifs. Each glass became a work of art, a tribute to the cultures and traditions that had inspired me along the way.

As the years passed, the Eyeball Highball became more than just a drink – it became a story, a journey through time and space that connected me to a world beyond my own. It became a way for me to share my love of food and culture with others, to bridge gaps and build bridges between different communities and traditions.

And so, each time I make the Eyeball Highball, I am reminded of Mrs. Jenkins and the fateful day she introduced me to this magical recipe. I am reminded of the countless hours spent perfecting it, of the joy and laughter it has brought to those who have tasted it, and of the stories and traditions that continue to inspire me every time I raise my glass in toast.

For me, the Eyeball Highball is more than just a drink – it is a testament to the power of food and culture to unite us, to nourish our bodies and souls, and to remind us of the beauty and wonder that lies beyond our everyday lives. It is a reminder that every recipe has a story, and every story has a recipe waiting to be told.


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