Candy corn martinis are the fun cocktail that makes any spooky or cute Halloween party extra sweet. Candy corn makes its way into trick or treats bags all over the country each October. I hope that this candy corn martini makes its way into home cocktail menus each October as well. Who says the kids are the only ones that get the trick-or-a-treat fun on Halloween?
The treat of this martini is how sweet and rich it is. It is definitely a special occasion sort of cocktail. The trick for this martini is that the grenadine is a thick sweet syrup that will sink to the bottom of the glass and create the bottom layer of what will be a 3-layer beverage. The drink may not be the same exact colors or in the same layer order as the candy but no one will complain as they sip this lovely drink.
Whipped cream vodka sweetens this drink to balance the tart pineapple juice for a great cocktail. If you have never had Pinnacle whipped vodka, think of it as creamy vanilla almost marshmallow fluff-like sweet flavor. YUM! It is what makes this candy corn martini to die for! Happy Halloween!
History & Fun Facts about Candy Corn
- First produced in the 1880s
- "Chicken Feed" was the original name
- 35 million pounds are sold annually
- There are other holiday varieties, like Reindeer Corn (red, white & green) and Bunny Corn (2 pastels & white tip)
- It is fat-free and each piece is 7 calories
- October 30th is National Candy Corn Day
What does Candy Corn Taste Like?
If you have never had candy corn before, I am not sure where you have been hiding every October. The three layers have distinct flavors that combine for a great combination of sweet and creamy. Candy Corn is a perfect fusion of rich fondant, sweet marshmallow, and a bit of vanilla.
I wanted to mimic these creamy, sweet, and rich flavors in a cocktail. I have seen some on Pinterest but didn't like the sweet-and-sour mix they called for. Nor did I want to "soak / infusion" vodka for a month along with candy corn soaking in it.
Therefore, I need to have some ingredients that would make this super sweet like marshmallows and but also have the colors of the iconic candy corn pieces. The juice used in my recipe is pineapple juice. So there is a pineapple flavor that is not traditionally following the candy corn taste. If you do not like pineapple, I am sure orange juice would do just fine too.
The color of the juice is what I was going for to get that yellow layer. Plus I love pineapple-flavored cocktails so it was my first choice. The whipped cream vodka and the grenadine make for the sweetness in the drink plus the creamy whipped cream topping.
How to Make a Candy Corn Martini
This recipe is for two big martinis. If you have smaller martini glasses (like how some restaurants serve and I am like - two sips - wait - what?!?) this could be a mix for three glasses. Either way, made as instructed below will surely please a few of you and get the Halloween festivities started.
Fill a martini shaker about ¼ of the way up with crushed or cubed ice. Measure 4 oz of whipped cream vodka and add to the ice. Top with 1 cup of pineapple juice. Place lid on tight and shake!
Pour through the strainer into martini glasses until each is filled about ¾ of the way to the top. To each glass add 1 TB of grenadine. It is a thick syrup so it will be heavier than the vodka and juice; therefore, it will sink to the bottom of the glass. Then top with whipped cream.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Serve this at any Halloween party along with my favorite candy-flavored shooter, a Tootsie Roll shot. And for something spiced for fall, the rum delight Burt Reynolds shot is a hit too.
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Candy Corn Martini
- Martini Shaker
- Martini Glasses
- crushed ice
- 4 oz whipped cream flavored vodka
- 1 C pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoon grenadine
- whipped cream Reddi-Whip
- Fill martini shaker ¼ the way up with crushed or cubed ice.
- Pour in the vodka and pineapple juice.
- Ensure the lid is on tight and then shake 15 seconds.
- Remove top strainer lid and pour into martini glasses until about ¾ of the way filled.
- Measure 1 TB of grenadine each, and pour into a martini glass. It will sink to the bottom slowly.
- Top each martini with whipped cream.
That looks absolutely yummy! I have to try this! Thanks!
Holly Bird says
This is so awesome I pinned it so I can make it later! Thank you for the great recipe!
You are welcome
Kristen Usrey says
This looks good. I can't wait to try it out with my husband.
This is so cute!!!!
I tried something similar for the fourth of july and it did not turn out so well. but I'm willing to try this again for this festiveness!
Yes, please try this!!! I made several batches for neighbors during the testing phase and everyone loved them!
I don't drink. BUT boy-oh-boy I am seriously thinking of wanting one of these! They look amazing and tasty. I know for sure I at least have to try and make one for my best friend.
You can make a virgin version, just leave out the vodka - still as sweet and pretty.
That is a great looking drink! I will have to try this.
Sure is pretty! (and tasty!)
WOW! It looks exactly like a candy corn.
Isn't it super cute and festive looking? Then you drink it and woh, sooo good! It doesn't take exactly like candy corn but it is #&*% good! Happy Halloween!
Candy corn is one of my guilty pleasures. Definitely going to have to do this at my fall get togethers!
Ramae Hamrin says
I've always loved candy corn, but I've never heard of a candy corn martini before! I'm going to pass this recipe on to a good friend that owns a liquor store. Maybe she'll make me one!
I think this may be too sweet for me, but I have friends who will love it! We’ll have to try it at an upcoming party.
Christina Furnival says
What a fun and creative drink! I'll have to try it!
Wow. Who would have ever thought.
This is fabulous! Although, I’m unable to drink pineapple or orange juice, I’ve shared this with friends and family for their enjoyment.
Thanks for sharing, Lisa!
These look yummy. We'll have to try them for our annual family harvest party.
Oh yes, sounds like the perfect event for this cocktail.
Woah, this looks like an amazing, yummy, fun drink to make. I am going to have to try this at our Halloween gathering next week
Ih boy this looks like it would be soooooo good.
These are so clever! Bet they taste amazing too. What perfect drinks for an adult Halloween party.
Visiting from the Creative Muster party. What a cute drink, they would be a fun treat at a party.
How gorgeous! So amazing how you can create such a colorful and creative drink that actually looks like candy corn!
Thank you for linking up w us at Creative Muster! Blessings to you xoxoxo Sharon
These would be a hit at any Fall gathering or Halloween Party! Pinned
It is not Halloween but I saw this and had to try it. Silly for 4th of July but why not. I am glad I did. It was so good and the neighbors saw it and asked what it was and were jealous. So I made them some too and we all laughed that if there is Xmas in July why not Halloween!
Now that is funny. Glad you found a new summer holiday cocktail. Haha.
I am hosting a Halloween fundraiser this year and wanted to try out a few recipes before I have the bartenders make them. So glad I did because I got to drink this and it is insane. This will probably be our most popular drink at the event. The best Halloween cocktail ever.
Oh, what a fun event. I hope it is a huge success with raising money and with enjoying candy corn vodka cocktails.
Heather Johnson says
i wasn't sure when i first saw the name - but pineapple, vodka and grenadine are my favorites! so good! loved it - how fun!
This is my kind of martini! Loving all the flavors in it.
hello fall! this is such a fun cocktail and so creative!
This cocktail is fun and delicious and I'll be making it again for my Halloween Party this year. Thanks for sharing!
Found a recipe where I can entertain myself. I feel like a barista when making this hehe. A good night for me when making and drinking this recipe!
Our neighborhood haunted house building party was today. I was in charge of refreshments - snacks, water , and sodas. But I surprised them all with these at the end of the night yesterday when we turned on the lights to the haunted house and had a toast. We went a bit crazy with the whipped cream but they were the talk of the weekend and I have already been recruited to make them on Halloween again.
Oh fun. I want to be part of your neighborhood too. We have a lot of fun in ours and about a mile away is a house that builds an amazing haunted house every year.
So pretty and tasty. I love sweet drinks and this was great for me.
This cocktail is marvelous. I made this for a girl's night at the dorm and everyone kept wanting one and taking pictures. So sippably yum.
Gorgeous and so yummy. This is dessert in a drink.
Looks like candy corn! I like that this is sweet and good without tasting like the waxy candy corn candy. It’s 1000x better than actual candy corn.
I know right - so good!
Best Halloween drink ever!