Candy corn soaked in moonshine makes for a delicious dessert martini! Throw in some apple cider and this Candy Corn Moonshine Martini has fall and Halloween written all over it.
This recipe and the giveaway included in this post is sponsored by Lighthouse as part of #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received samples for recipe creation, but all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures possible.
I’m ending #HalloweenTreatsWeek with a bang! After all these recipes I banged out this week, I needed a drink. So, I grabbed the candy corn moonshine I made last year and whipped up a quick and easy cocktail. Because martinis are pretty quick and easy to whip up. It’s just alcohol stirred until chilled and poured into a glass. Though this one has a little more to it than that.
A typical martini has gin, bitters, and Vermouth. The Vespa has vodka, if memory serves correct. This candy corn moonshine martini has moonshine, bitters, Vermouth, and apple cider. The apple cider is there to cut some of the sweet of the candy corn moonshine. Because it is sweet! But not in an overly bad way.
This is definitely a dessert martini.
Last year I made the candy corn moonshine for some delicious candy corn moonshine truffles. And they were SO delicious! I might just have to make them again. But that candy corn moonshine has been sitting in the pantry for the whole year. I’ve sipped a nip here and there to make sure it’s still delicious. And it is. But it’s definitely a seasonal liquor.
So, the story behind the moonshine is a combination of a couple of things that happened one year. At work no less.
One year my friend at work made what she calls tea cordials. To be honest, I’ve never tried them as they are meant to be drank. Or is it drunk? You can get drunk drinking them. That’s for sure. Anyway, I might had had a sip the first time she gave them to me? But don’t quote me on that one.
That same year or maybe it was a year later? I can’t remember. I had a bag of candy corn. Because I like candy corn. I think they’re good. Their sweet and slight butterscotch flavor tastes good to me. But one does get to a point where you can’t eat any more. And I got to that point that year.
And it was a stressful year or at least the start of many stressful years at work.
I decided it would be a good idea to combine the tea cordials with the candy corn. So, I did. And I left it in the bottom drawer of my desk for quite a while. I can’t remember how long, but at least until the candy corn were completely dissolved. Which did take quite a while. Those suckers are quite dense.
But I didn’t stop there. Oh no. Once the candy corn dissolved, I bought in a sieve and some coffee filters to strain the candy corn tea cordial. And that took forever! Like, days? Maybe a week? The liquor was so thick with sugar that it took a while to filter through the coffee filter. But I really wanted it to be clear and not have any cloudy bits in there.
I think I still have that bottle. But I’m not sure where it is. I don’t throw things like that out. I mean, it’s liquor. Does it really go bad? I know this candy corn moonshine hasn’t in the year it’s been sitting in the bottom of the closet. And since I’m trying to use up the bits I have in the pantry, I thought some candy corn moonshine martinis were in order!
Of course, it helps when you have killer glasses like these! Yes. I know these aren’t martini glasses. You can see those in this tamarillo tini. They do look super cool. But I wanted these to have more the look of a pumpkin. And these high ball glasses do just that.
The sanding sugar around the edges makes them look even more festive. Don’t you think? Yes, I realize there is a lot of orange in these shots, but I just couldn’t help myself. They’re all different shades of pumpkin orange and make these photos just look so Halloween.
I know that most typically use lime juice or sometimes just water to wet the rim for the sugar to stick. I used the moonshine itself. It made for a great medium to get the sugar to stick to the rim of the glass. That sugar was almost cemented on there! It took me a minute to get it off when I washed the glasses. So, I added that as part of the instructions.
And that sugar had staying power, too! I moved those glasses a few times and none of if fell off. Not one single grain. Is that what you wall individual pieces of sugar? Grains? Or is it crystals? I don’t know, but what I do know is that sugar did not come off at all.
Imagine bringing one of these to your Halloween party guests. In these glasses, no less. They’re just super cool! I love the look of them and couldn’t wait for Halloween to show them off. I’m sure you understand.
And I couldn’t wait to share this candy corn moonshine with y’all again. It’s so festive and fun to create drinks and desserts with. I hope you try a batch! You won’t regret it.
And you won’t regret entering the giveaway! Make sure you do before it closes. And since you’re down there, see what the rest of the bloggers shared for the final day of #HalloweenTreatsWeek!
- 8 ounces candy corn moonshine
- 4 ounces Lighthouse Gala apple cider
- 1/2 ounce dry Vermouth
- 2 to 3 dashes Angostora bitters
- Sweets & Treats sanding sugar
- Pour one tablespoon of the candy corn moonshine into a shallow plate.
- Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sanding sugar in a separate plate.
- Carefully dip the glasses into the moonshine on the plate and then the sanding sugar. Set aside.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Pour the candy corn moonshine, apple juice, Vermouth, and bitters over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon until chilled.
- Pour into the prepared glasses and serve.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 522 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 15mg Carbohydrates 115g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 109g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g
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- Bloody Candy Apple Milkshake from Sweet Beginnings
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- Pumpkin Pie Minis with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream and Trick-or-Treat Sprinkles from Nancie’s Table
- Monster Cake Pops from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Halloween Layer Cake from The Redhead Baker
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Happy Halloween! It’s October which means it’s time for Spooky Season and this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For the 2nd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 41 fantastically talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 160 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can’t wait for you to see them all! Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
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Prize # 6– Litehouse is giving away the following: 1 Litehouse® Honeycrisp Apple Cider, 1 Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel, 1 Litehouse® Pumpkin Spice Caramel, 1 Litehouse® Butterscotch Caramel & 1 Litehouse® Chocolate Dip, Snack Packs
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 7th – October 13th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 6 (six) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 6 (six) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop, Treat Street USA and Litehouse! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.