Black Light Lemonade

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This easy, spooky drink is sure to be a hit at your Halloween party! A few years ago, I saw that someone had served tonic water at a Halloween party and it glowed under black lights (sadly, I have no idea where I saw that so I can’t give anyone the credit). The problem is that I think tonic water is nasty. I did something simple that made it taste a lot better and it still glows! I have served this at my husband’s school’s Spooktacular for the past 2 years and it has been a huge money maker for his classroom. We called it “Liquid Ghost Drink”.
Here’s what you need…
*Lemonade mix (Any drink mix will work)
The instructions are pretty easy. Refrigerate your tonic water so that it is nice and cold to serve. You won’t want to put ice in it because it will dilute it. Put tonic water in a pitcher or punch bowl. Stir in drink mix. Serve to your guests!
So easy, right?! It will be the hit of your party!


  1. Cool-o-rama! I had no idea. Tucking this idea away for future use!

    Warmly, Michelle

  2. What a neat drink idea! Could have used that at a Halloween party we went to tonight. 😉

  3. I LOVE this idea!! I wish I had seen it before my bunco! I could have surprised the girls! 🙂
    Have a GREAT day and Happy Halloween!!!

  4. This is an awesome idea! I will get this one working on this year’s Halloween party. I’ve pinned it so I won’t forget, thanks for sharing:)

  5. That would be great if tonic water wasn’t so bitter and gross. No o0ffence

  6. How dark does the room have to be in order for the black light to work? I can see this in a haunted house situation but would it work in a classroom?

    • It isn’t really how dark it is that matters, it is the strength of the black light. We served this in my husband’s 3rd grade class 2 years in a row and it was a huge hit! He had a few black lights around the classroom and put blankets over the windows. Hope this helps!

  7. Totally gonna try this for my 16th!

  8. Amazing how cool this makes water look!

  9. I made this and it still has that bitter after taste

  10. Used at my granddaughter party yesterday and most of them did not like the taste at all!!!!!!!’ So it was a flop.

  11. Is it safe for the kids to drink tonic water. I just want to do this for them.

  12. Ok so I’m trying to make this for my daughters bday party, I’m mixing tonic water lemonde mix and regular sugar 2 cups a gallon and you can tast the tonic water in it any suggestions to make it taste it better?

  13. Does it work with lemonade already in a bottle and I just add the tonic water?

  14. How much tonic water do you add for on gallon of lemonade

  15. There are other drinks that glow under blacklights:

    Yellow = drinks with vitamin B like energy drinks or add a little vitamin B to any clear drink,
    Blue = tonic water of course, Purple = Tonic + a touch of Cranberry Juice,
    Green = Yellow (vitamin B) + a few drops of blue food coloring,
    White = Milk drinks.


  16. The lemonade was good but soooooo bitter, we had to add a bunch of sugar to make it tolerable! Cool in theory and it looked fantastic though!

  17. Kathy Hansen says

    What ratios of tonic water to flavor do you use for a large group of people? (A large punch bowl?)


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