Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks rim

Candy Corn Vodka Martini with Pop Rocks Rim | BoulderLocavore.com

Hold on!  Before you run shrieking from your computer monitor, hear me out.  It’s no secret I’m an ‘infuse-a-holic’.  A DIY’er to the core and one who loves re-purposing of almost anything.  A few weeks ago I was unloading a menagerie of grocery items and it just happened that a bag of candy corn and a bottle of vodka landed next to each other on the counter.  In the flurry of unloading, I glanced over to catch the pair and immediately wondered what THAT would be like.

I hesitated; wondering if it would be tipping off into a realm too disgusting to ever admit but internally countering that I’d never know unless I tried.    In mere moments a mason jar of vodka and candy corn where in the pantry to see what would happen.

Make Your Own Candy Corn Vodka | BoulderLocavore.comI like candy corn.  I should say I like the buttery flavor in the candy but not the mainline dose of sugar when eating even just a few.  I also think it’s cute looking and certainly quintessential Halloween.  I was repulsed however when witnessing only moments after the candy corn and vodka were combined, the quick state of disintegration of the candy.  It really looked more like those Magic Rocks we grew as kids; the ones you put in the bottom of a jar and they turn into Joseph-and-the-Technicolor-Dream-Coat diminutive stalagmites.  Somehow it’s not as charming with candy corn.

This experiment dovetailed perfectly into a vision I had for a Halloween cocktail.  An idea born this summer when visiting uber cool Frost Bar in Vail Colorado.  I sampled a number of their cocktails and one of the more novel was the ‘Pow Pow’, a skier’s fond name for ‘powder’ snow but also a double entendre as the cocktail is rimmed with Pop Rocks.  It was completely fun and I immediately began brainstorming with Martin, one of Frost’s mixologists, about a Halloween version.  Desiring to stay in the Halloween color palette, the closest we came up with at that time was something with green apple.

Candy Corn Vodka Martini with Pop Rocks Rim #halloween | BoulderLocavore.comAfter five days the Candy Corn Vodka was the most sublime color of Fanta-orange.  It separated perfectly, leaving a bit of residue on the bottom which is easily strained.  I was thrilled that it retained the candy corn flavor, but not the sweetness.  I’m not a chemist so I’m unsure what exactly transpired to grace me with that result but I was happy to lose the sugar.  I decided to make a micro batch of Vanilla Infused Vodka to round out the buttery flavor for a final cocktail.

I will caution the end cocktail is a Martini.  Made honoring the traditional sense of the mixology; all booze.  This is a festive cocktail, a novel cocktail, but also one that will feel like more of a Trick than a Treat if not consumed with respect!

This infusion quickly went from Halloween-festive to ghoulishly gross in appearance when the candy corn and vodka were combined. I hesitated to share the photo on the right but everything does work out in the end!

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Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks Rim

Yield: Candy Corn Vodka: 2 cups aproximately, Vanilla Vodka: 1 cup, Candy Corn Vodka Martini: 1 cocktail

This Halloween themed Martini is fun and festive with Candy Corn Vodka and Pop Rocks rimming the glass! The homemade Candy Corn Vodka takes 4-5 days to fully infuse. When planning to serve these Martinis, be sure to start the vodka infusion process about a week beforehand for the best results!

Ingredients

    Ingredients for Candy Corn Vodka:
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • Ingredients for Vanilla Vodka:
  • 1 vanilla bean, slip open and scraped
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Ingredients for Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks rim:
  • 1 ounce of Candy Corn Vodka
  • ½ ounce of Vanilla Infused Vodka
  • ¾ ounces of Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
  • A few dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2-3 packages ‘Pumpkin Patch Orange’ (green and orange mix) Pop Rocks

Instructions

    Instructions for Candy Corn Vodka:
  1. Combine ingredients in a glass container. Seal, store in a cool, dark place. Taste after 4-5 days. If to your liking, strain the vodka through two layers of cheesecloth and enjoy!
  2. Instructions for Vanilla Vodka:
  3. Combine ingredients in a glass container. Seal, store in a cool, dark place. Taste after 3 days and either use or infuse longer.
  4. Instructions for Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks rim:
  5. Place pop rocks into a shallow flat bowl or plate. Rim a cocktail glass with a lemon slice and dip glass into the pop rocks, twisting the glass to create full rim.
  6. In a shaker with ice, combine the vodkas, vermouth and bitters. Shake and strain into prepared cocktail glass.

Notes

Candy Corn Vodka: The ratio I used for this infusion was 2 to 1, vodka to candy corn. You can tailor your desired batch size based on this ratio. Plan to make at least 5 days before making the Candy Corn Martini.

Vanilla Vodka: This vodka infuses quickly and is a warm, flavorful addition to a number of seasonal cocktails.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Toni

    We don’t get Candy Corn here but I have used toffees in Toffee Vodka in the past, pear drops and bubble gum. and I also have a recipe for using Turkish Delight which I haven’tmade as yet as most people I know are just not into Turkish Delight – but I love it and quite often make it at home as it is relatively easy to make. All add a twist and I haven’t thus far added any extra sugar bearing in mind that they are sweets that are being used to flavour the voddie in the first place although I do prefer my fruits although don’t like too much sugar as it can get a bit cough syrupy. Like the use in the halloween drinks lovely touch.

    Hope you are keeping well and yes please would like introduction to friend as per email (sorry haven’t been too well and prior to that things were a bit manic so I apologise for not getting back sooner.

    Take care and keep up the good work.

    Have you tried infusing herbs spices etc in different vinegars. There is a nice chocolate and orange vinegar that is good for dressing salads.

    Catch up soon

    Pattypan

    xx

    • Toni | Boulder Locavore says

      You always have some of the most interesting infusions around my friend! So glad to to hear from you and I’ll be sending an email intro soon! Hope all is settling down for you!

    • Toni | Boulder Locavore says

      I feel the same, both about the color and the sugar intensity of candy corn. I don’t know what exactly happens to the sugar but was happy to just have the flavor sans the sugar. These are strong cocktails though, beware!

  2. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb says

    I had seen those sweets online on other food blogs before, but I never knew what they were, well now I know thanks to you and you even shared a creative way to use them in a great “after a long work day” drink. Love the way you infused the flavors into the alcohol, makes it all a very special treat which I would love to share. =D

  3. Lydia says

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! I couldn’t help point out that the picture on the right looks ghastly alone, but something behind the jar totally looks like a spider creeping up behind it, too! Totally adds to the Halloween-y feel of the drink. :)

  4. says

    Hi there!
    I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I’ve shared this post in an inspiration board for an Glitzy Girls Night In {for Halloween} my blog.

    Thanks for sharing this post! I may have never found what I was looking for :)

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