Candy Corn Martini

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I think it’s clear by now that I’m a big fan of infusing liquor. In fact, it’s probably one of my all-time favorite hobbies. I mean, who doesn’t love the fact that you can take a simple vodka, tequila, etc. and give it absolutely any flavor you want? I’ve done it with jalapeño and vodka. I’ve done it with habanero and tequila. And now I’m going in a completely different direction and doing it with candy. Candy corn to be exact. I wanted a candy corn martini to celebrate autumn and Halloween and I knew exactly what to do to make it happen. Infuse the vodka!

We’ve had the candy corn discussion before. Almost exactly a year ago when I made the candy corn ice cream. I feel like one good candy corn recipe a year is all you really need. Because you make one recipe and then you end up eating the entire bag and you really can’t stand the thought of it for another year. Am I right?

This is definitely an indulgent dessert drink and perfect for a Halloween party. Or a Cocktail Friday. Happy Cocktail Friday, by the way!

Candy Corn Martini (makes 2):
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  • 1 C vodka
  • 3/4 C candy corn, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 C butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • Ice

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This recipe is really incredibly basic. The most difficult part is pouring the candy corn in the vodka and letting it soak for about 3 hours, while you watch it turn the most ridiculously bright shade of orange ever and try not to eat the remaining candy corn straight from the bag.

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Once your candy corn has soaked for 3 hours and your vodka can’t get much brighter, you’re ready to mix your martini!

In a shaker with ice, add 1 C candy corn-infused vodka, 1/4 C butterscotch schnapps, and the egg white. I mention the egg white being optional because I know some people are afraid of adding egg whites to their cocktails. I personally have no fear (especially when using a good farm fresh egg), but the egg white didn’t have quite the effect I was hoping for (froth!) in my martini. After doing a bit of research, I learned I should have shook the cocktail without ice a few times before adding the ice in. Who knew!

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Get out your martini glasses and throw a few candy corn in the bottom because more is always better. At least in theory.

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Shake the mixture well and pour that luscious orange liquid into the glasses.

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Yes, the color is absolutely ridiculous. But it will also make for quite the Halloween party cocktail conversation starter.

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This drink? Was sweet. Like really, really sweet. Definitely a dessert sipper! I chose to add butterscotch schnapps to the vodka because I wanted to keep that candy flavor– I’ve seen other recipes with lemon and orange liquors, but I really didn’t want to turn it into a fruity concoction. This was candy all the way.

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The butterscotch flavor definitely helped the cocktail keep its candy-ness, but I’m not even sure it was totally necessary. The candy corn infused into the vodka SO well that it truly was candy corn vodka. You could bottle it up and market this stuff. Seasonal alcohol at its best.

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OK, it’s cocktail Friday; go whip this up and snuggle up on the couch with the bag of remaining candy corn. I won’t say “I told you so” when you find yourself on a massive sugar high only to pass out at 9 p.m. from the crash. I promise.

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You have no idea how many liquor infusion ideas are in my head now. I’m preparing for a long cold winter and this could be exactly what I need to get me through. I’ll obviously be sharing everything, so get ready!!

What are your Halloween plans? Drinking a festive cocktail?

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28 Comments

  • Michelle said:

    I’m not a huge fan of candy corns but I love the bright orange color of this drink!

    October 15, 2011 8:32 am
  • Vanessa said:

    This is so great! Perfect for Halloween and I know what you mean about Eating the whole bag!!

    October 15, 2011 8:49 am
  • So inventive!! I bought a bag of candycorn a couple weeks ago and downed it in a matter of days. So disgusting! Maybe sticking to candy corn in liquid form is a better approach :)

    October 15, 2011 10:28 am
  • Katie said:

    very festive!! love the color, it’s perfect for a halloween party!

    October 15, 2011 11:00 am
  • Joanne said:

    This is crazy awesome! I really need to start to experiment more with liquor!

    October 15, 2011 1:58 pm
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    October 15, 2011 2:59 pm
  • Oh yum, yum! Gorgeous shots!

    October 16, 2011 12:31 am
  • What a fun idea! I love the candy corn that is sprinkled around for easy munching with the drink. :)

    October 16, 2011 12:56 am
  • I hope some of the candy corn will make it to my martini glass before I eat the whole bag! This is soooooo perfect for the Halloween. Thanks for this brilliant idea!

    October 16, 2011 5:40 am
  • Holly said:

    This is the most genius idea! Love it!!

    October 16, 2011 11:04 am
  • Pam said:

    Those look so festive and tasty!

    October 16, 2011 2:32 pm
  • How brilliant! I have been a long time hardcore candy corn addict… so this is pretty much my dream come true.

    October 16, 2011 5:57 pm
  • Megan said:

    Hmm… I’m thinking candy corn shots could be the way to go! This is such a festive drink… perfect for Halloween parties!

    October 16, 2011 6:41 pm
  • This is perfect! I am embarrassed to say I love candy corn but I am now adding an new drink to my list. Very creative.

    October 16, 2011 8:29 pm
  • Margo said:

    These look amazing!! I’m going to have to try this!! Thanks!

    October 16, 2011 10:39 pm
  • Kelly said:

    How fun. Now you’re having me wondering if you could do it with other candy. For example, how about a swedish fish martini?

    October 17, 2011 11:51 am
  • Victoria said:

    That looks yummy! I have to try this.

    October 17, 2011 12:03 pm
  • Bridget said:

    Wow orange!! I bought my first bag of candy corns yesterday :) I can only take a few at a time but I always crave them come October. This sounds way too sweet for me, but they look awesome and so creative!

    October 17, 2011 1:35 pm
  • Chrissy said:

    Whoa.. this is so pretty! Just for the record I have never heard about the egg white in a martini! crazy!

    October 17, 2011 6:31 pm
  • What a brilliant (literally) idea! You can’t have too much candy corn in October, can you? :)

    October 17, 2011 11:41 pm
  • Ok, this is a drink I could totally get addicted to! I LOVE candy corn… Yea, this one might be dangerous :)

    October 18, 2011 8:34 am
  • Christin said:

    Love the color! I think this is what I will be sipping as I pass out the Halloween candy to the trick-or-treaters.

    October 19, 2011 8:03 am
  • Kerstin said:

    Talk about perfect for a Halloween party! Love it!

    October 19, 2011 11:01 pm
  • Love this — it combines my two favorite things: candy corn and booze!

    October 20, 2011 2:58 pm
  • Ellen said:

    Yummy! Sharing on FB!

    October 25, 2011 1:40 pm
  • YUM!! I could go for one of these right now. What a great idea!

    October 27, 2011 7:07 pm
  • Margie said:

    Since we are on the subject of Candy Corn. I do not like Candy Corn. But ! Mix half candy corn ahd half salty peanuts from the can and YUMMMMY!!! The mix tastes like Pay Day Candy Bar. Make sure you get that salt in there…. sweet and salty….

    October 1, 2012 2:10 pm
  • this looks AH-MAZING ! cannot wait to try it !

    October 3, 2013 6:42 pm

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