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Recipes and Menu Ideas for Your Murder Mystery Dinner


Here are some fabulous photos to inspire you from our customer Sandi Hobbs. Her menu ideas are so creative and imaginative!

“We had our murder last week – it went great – best program ever according to the kids (our camp staff). These pictures are of our food. I fixed gazpacho for the drink, bat wings (chicken wings with black food dye) and intestines (spaghetti with hunks of vegetables), besides what’s showing. The crock pot held tape worms – hot dogs cut lengthwise, boiled and dropped into a catsup/mustard mixture – they curl in the boiling water so look really gross.”

  • Sandi Hobbs, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis, IN

Whatever you plan for your dinner is fine especially if the theme of the mystery doesn’t conjure up any special sort of menu or food. To get into the spirit of the evening simply give everything your serving a “mysterious” name. For example:

  • Killer Kocktails
  • Mystery Meat
  • Killer Kebabs
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Lethal Leg o’ Lamb
  • Femme Fatale Fajitas
  • I Spy Mashed Potatoes
  • Unauthorized Autopsy (lasagna)
  • Detective’s Special (whatever) – A Detective’s Special is a revolver

Recipe/menu links with best murder mystery game script matches

Use the Los Angeles Public Library’s digital menu collection to identify what was served in all types of restaurants during any given decade. Search by date (example: 192*). It’s very cool to see the menus – be sure to click the link to enlarge the image! Pick out some recipes that intrigue you then simply do a search on Google for that recipe.

Cocktails – great choices here for The Mafia Murders

Punch recipes for Murder at the Midnight Hour, The Dead Man’s Chest and many of our other mysteries that take place at a party.

Classic British recipes for Diary of a Burning Woman and Rushmore’s Revenge

Classic Irish recipes for A Deadly Incentive

Classic Italian recipes for The Mafia Murders or Vintage Murder

Complete Hawaiian menu – for Murder on Maui

Gourmet menu – complete dinner

Popular food in the 1920’s for The Mafia Murders

Popular Food in the 1970’s for Rushmore’s Revenge

Recipes for Bordello of the Damned: Cornmeal Mush and Cornmeal Cake

Southern style cooking for Next of Kin, Demise of the Downhome Dealers, and  Rushmore’s Revenge

Perfect cocktails for The Mafia Murders/1920s theme party

Cranberry Cosmopolitan

3 Jiggers Vodka
1/2 jigger Grand Marnier
lime juice with a small amount of pulp
splash of cranberry juice
about a 1/4 jigger crushed ice

In a shaker crush with lime draw ice from shaker and pour.


2 ounces Cognac
1 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce Lemon Juice

Coat the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Shake the ingredients with cracked ice and strain into the cocktail glass.

OLD WEST: Cornmeal Mush (from 1830)

½ cup Cornmeal
2-3/4 cups Water
¾ teaspoon Salt

Sprinkle cornmeal into boiling water, stirring constantly. Add salt and cook for about half an hour. Serve with sugar and cream.

OLD WEST: Indian Cornmeal Cake (from 1830)

1-½ cups Yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon Salt
½ cup Flour
3 teaspoons Rosewater (Vanilla)
1-2/3 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Butter
8 Eggs

Mix the sugar, butter and eggs. Mix the cornmeal and salt together, and combine with the sugar, butter and egg mixture. Add vanilla and cinnamon and mix well. Pour into a floured cake pan and bake in a moderate oven.

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