Layered drinks always feel extra fancy and festive. This Candy Corn Martini does not disappoint and is perfect for any upcoming Halloween party. While technically the colors of this candy corn martini aren’t exactly in the correct order, it still fits the spirit of the candy and is a great way to celebrate the season.
Candy Corn Martini Recipe
This candy corn martini takes just a handful of ingredients. It does take a bit of prep work since the candy corn simple syrup needs to be cooked and cooled.
Candy Corn Simple Syrup
If you’re making this candy corn martini for a Halloween party, I recommend making the candy corn simple syrup a day or two in advance and let it chill in the fridge. A mason jar is the perfect container to house the concoction.
Making the candy corn simple syrup takes just a few ingredients and about 5 minutes on the stove top. Since this is our bottom layer, the more sugar the better for layering (more on that later).
I had some bottled simple syrup in my cabinet, so I started with that and then heated it with a handful of candy corn until the candy corn melted into the syrup. This gave a great yellow-ish orange color.
White Froth Meringue
For the top layer, I created an egg white meringue. Add one egg white into a bowl and mix until soft peaks form. Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar and continue mixing until the peaks get hard. This creates enough meringue for multiple candy corn martinis.
If you would prefer not to use egg whites, the liquid in canned garbanzo beans also works to form the froth; however, you may want to add in some additional flavors such as vanilla to offset the flavor.
How to layer cocktails
The key to this candy corn cocktail is the separate layers in the correct colors mimicking a piece of candy corn.
There is science behind how to layer different liquids within the cocktail and is dependent on the sugar content of each item. The liquids may be the same amount of fluid ounces, but their actual weights are different depending on the sugar content.
The bottom layer needs to be the highest sugar content, in this case the flavored simple syrup. The second layer is our alcohol of spiced rum, and then the white froth meringue layer.
If the liquids are too close to each other in their specific density (aka weight), then they will simply mix together when layered.
Assembling the Candy Corn Martini
There are special cocktail layering tools; however, my preference has always been to simply use the back of the spoon.
I had meant to put a fun Halloween sprinkle rim on this cocktail, and then completely forgot *face palm*. If you’re wanting to add this garnish, make sure to do it before adding any liquids into the glass. Pour a bit of the simple syrup mixture into a wide bowl and dip the glass into the syrup. Then dip into Halloween sprinkles.
The bottom layer of our candy corn martini will be the candy corn simple syrup. Add 1/2 ounce of the candy corn simple syrup to the bottom of the glass.
Hold a large spoon upside down with the tip touching the inside of the glass. Slowly pour 1.5 ounces of spiced rum over the spoon so it rests onto the candy corn simple syrup.
Top with the white meringue froth by gently spooning it onto the top of the liquid.
Candy Corn Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
- 10-15 Pieces of Candy Corn
- 1 Egg White
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Candy Corn Martini
- 1/2 Ounce Candy Corn Simple Syrup
- 1.5 Ounces Spiced Rum
- 3 Tablespoons Meringue
- Heat Candy Corn pieces and simple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until candy has melted.
- Let cool
- In a mixing bowl, beat one egg white until soft peaks form
- Slowly add 1 Tablespoon sugar, continue beating until firm peaks form
- Add 1/2 ounce of Candy Corn Simple Syrup to a martini glass
- Flip a large spoon upside down and slowly pour 1.5 ounces of spiced rum over the spoon
- Gently scoop 3 Tablespoons of the meringue mixture on top of the cocktail
Other Halloween Party Cocktails
Halloween cocktails seem to be extra fun to create because of the “extras” that fit so easily with the holiday. Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed creating cocktails that feature dry ice for a spooky feel, and also a variety of cocktails that will glow under black-light.