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Halloween 10.30.08

Halloween Martini – “Vampire Style”

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halloween cocktail glass garnish

I featured this “blood rimmed” martini glass on a local news channel here in San Diego a couple weeks ago and have had quite a few people inquire about how to recreate the glass garnish, so here are the directions for those of you who’d like to sip your martini “vampire style” this weekend!

The “blood rim” is made from the same kind of mixture as you’d use to make hard candy. It’s actually pretty easy, but you will need a candy thermometer (which you can find at most grocery stores).

1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Karo Syrup
1/2 c. Water
Red Food Coloring

Combine sugar, syrup and water. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage – which is 300 degrees F. Add food coloring.

Turn off heat. While the mixture is still hot, dunk the top of the cocktail glass into the mixture to create the red rim. If you need to do several glasses, keep the mixture hot so it lasts longer (instead of turning heat off, just reduce slightly).You can go anywhere from just along the very tip of the rim to part way down the glass – whichever you prefer. Flip the glass right side up to cool. The thick consistency of the mixture will cause “drips” as it hardens on the glass!

halloween cocktail glass garnish

Coordinating cocktail ideas: Vampire Kiss or your other favorite red cocktail.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

73 responses to “Halloween Martini – “Vampire Style””

  1. jenn s. says:

    Chelsea & Bella –

    I haven’t done them on plastic glasses myself, but here are a few previous comments from other readers that used plastic & shared the results. Hope this helps! :)


    Amy M. SAYS:
    I made these for my Twilight DVD release party and they were a huge hit! I made them the night before and they were still fine the next day (even living in humid Texas). I tried a hard plastic martini glass and it did not melt. I saved that one for last after the mixture cooled a little and I didn’t dip it as far down as the others. Even after the warnings I still burned myself (though not 3rd degree!) so take it slow and pay attention. I will make these again as everyone was so impressed by it! Thanks for such a cool idea!


    Toralinda SAYS:
    I tried this both with plastic martini glasses and wine glasses.
    The plastic martini glasses ended up melting a bit, though they were still usable.
    The wine glasses looked excellent, and were easy to clean off (just soak them in hot water).


    twilight party planner SAYS:
    This came out awesome! It was a great touch to our New Moon Premiere party and everyone loved it! I used plastic martini glasses, a few had a slightly melted edge, but still looked great. Even with the warnings of being burned, and being careful, still managed to get a second degree burn on my thumb, so heed the warnings!! It hurts, but it was worth it! A small sacrifice for a great party!

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  7. Sheree V. says:

    I will be doing mine this week – just haven’t found a really red adult cocktail to use yet but I will. I was also thinking these would be awesome for the Christmas parties this year – you could do the red and green of course but I was thinking of ice blue with the bigger sugar crystals around the rim on top of the blue color to make it look like frost – the finer sugar would work too – there are so many beautiful blue drinks to use with that theme, mojitos, cosmos, blue vodka, etc., those frosted blue glasses with some well placed snowflakes would be beautiful on the table and the green and red rimmed color would appeal to the fun and playful side – with a candy cane sticking out of your glass. I can’t wait.

  8. bridgett says:

    Can you make this ahead

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  10. Janine says:

    Can you use plastic glasses? Or will they melt?

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