Candy corn infused vodka and butterscotch schnapps combine to make a perfectly sweet Candy Corn Martini, best served once a year on Halloween.
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 rest of the bag and you really can't stand the thought of it for another year. Am I right? So, enjoy this candy corn cocktail, eat a few candies along with it, and then set it aside until next year when I'm sure I'll have another fun candy corn recipe ready for you!
CANDY CORN MARTINI RECIPE
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. Once your candy corn has soaked for 3 hours and your vodka can't get much brighter, you're ready to mix your martini and you only need one more ingredient: butterscotch schnapps. Shake the candy corn vodka and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Get out your martini glasses and throw a few candy corn in the bottom because more is always better. At least in theory.
And pour that luscious orange liquid into the glasses.
Yes, the color is absolutely ridiculous. But it will also make for quite the Halloween party cocktail conversation starter. This candy corn cocktail? Is sweet. Like really, really sweet. Definitely a dessert sipper! It's obviously pretty heavy on the alcohol, too, but what good martini isn't? 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.
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. So, if you don't have any schnapps, feel free to simply drink this vodka on its own.
OK, it's cocktail Friday; go whip this candy corn martini 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.
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?
Candy Corn Martini
- 1 cup vodka
- ¾ cup candy corn, plus more for garnish
- 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
- Place vodka and candy corn in a bowl or large glass or measuring cup and let sit for at least 3 hours. Strain vodka to remove candy corn.
- In a shaker filled with ice, add 3 oz. candy corn vodka and ½ oz. butterscotch schnapps. Shake well.
- Place a few candy corn on bottom of a martini glass and pour martini into it. Repeat for second martini.