30 Oct

Halloween Martini – “Vampire Style”

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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Fallon Panzer SAYS:

I tried this last night to experiment for my Twilight-Eclipse Premiere Party coming up this weekend. It worked great! I’m a horrible cook so I thought it wouldn’t turn out. I was also worried about clean up because it becomes a STICKY mess! After you are finished, fill your sink with HOT water and soak everything you used, leftover glasses, pots, etc. It will all dissolve to liquid again within an hour or so. Hope this helps! Thanks for the instructions!

Reply June 23, 2010 at 6:55 am

Josie SAYS:

Just made these, thought it was going to be quite hard, but actually really easy!! looks amazing!! and i did it without a sugar thermometer!

Reply October 30, 2010 at 10:30 am


Tried this last night and served with pomegranate martinis. Was a hit! Clean up was a breeze……Thanks

Reply January 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Eva Halloween SAYS:

Love this. Is the first week of September too early to be thinking about Halloween cocktails? Or does the “five o’clock somewhere” rule apply here, too?

Reply September 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

laurawarmkessel SAYS:

I plan to get plastic martini glasses. No washing required and I can just recycle them…..Easy!

Reply October 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Kara SAYS:

I did this a few months ago using your method and it looked brilliant! I did it for a romantic themed date and my bf just loved it.. a great touch!!! TY! Note: I did not use a thermometer… one thing I did wrong was take the glass and while submerging I cupped it to the bottom of the pan and it created a smokey look (in other words.. burnt) when submerging TRY not to touch the pan/pot just dip it in and bring it upright!

Reply October 14, 2011 at 6:55 am

Chelsea SAYS:

would I be able to do this on plastic cups? Or would it be too hot for the plastic? Thanks!

Reply October 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Bella SAYS:

This idea would be perfect for my traditional themed halloween party this year. I was wondering if the mixture would be too hot to dip plastic martini glasses? I have glass ones, but the plastic set has skull and crossbones for halloween. Please let me know if I should try this or stay with the glass. Thanks!

Reply October 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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