Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Blood Drip/Vampire Kiss Martini

Ever since I saw this, I knew I had to make it... some day. And a perfect opportunity couldn't have come quicker than for Maddie's Twilight-themed birthday party. The "blood rim" is actually hard candy colored with food coloring. Not only was the effect pretty cool, but the kids walked around the party holding their martini glasses, sucking the candy rim.

I was really nervous about making this. The instructions were fairly straight-forward and simple, but I had never made liquid candy before. I also loved that it only calls for 4 ingredients- most, if not all, you may already have in your home. I allowed myself 3-4 hours to complete this. In hindsight, I am laughing since it only took me 30-45 minutes total. These martinis were such a hit at the party, and the colors can easily adapt to your own color scheme. Reading through the reviews and doing this for the first time, I've gathered some "tips and tricks" to give you the most successful results (please see section below).

The BEST tip I received- Use an oven mitt

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
Red food coloring (liquid, not gel)

1. Combine sugar, syrup and water. On medium/medium-high heat, cook without stirring to hard crack stage – which is 300 degrees F (approximately 15-30 minutes). (I allowed it to go to 280 degrees, which was perfect for me. See notes below.)
2. Add food coloring. (I used 15 drops)
3. Turn down the heat to LOW. While the mixture is still hot, dunk the top of the cocktail glass into the mixture to create the red rim. You can go anywhere from just along the very tip of the rim to part way down the glass – whichever you prefer.
4. Flip the glass right side up to cool. The thick consistency of the mixture will cause “drips” as it hardens on the glass!

Yield: 1 batch rimmed 13 glasses

Tips and Tricks
1. A candy thermometer is necessary. You can find this at most grocery stores.
2. Do all the prep work before you start cooking the candy: Place wax paper out so when you flip over the glasses, the wax paper can catch the drips.
3. Use an oven mitt! I purchased a cheap oven mitt from the Dollar Store, and this was the best advice I received. When I flipped the glass over, hot candy dripped onto my oven mitt. I definitely would have sustained 3rd degree burns had I not had an oven mitt on.
4. I purchased glass martini glasses at the Dollar Store- $1.00 each, and I can use them over and over. Some reviewers used plastic martini glasses with success- they said the top rim did melt a little, so if you plan to go with plastic, make sure they are good quality/thick. Funny thing- my glass martini glasses cost just as much as the premium plastic martini glasses. This was a no-brainer.
5. Use a pot where the diameter is larger than the martini rim, but not too wide- you want to be able to "dunk" the rim into the liquid candy.
6. As you get closer to the 300 degree mark, your color will change from bright red to a deep red/brownish color in a matter of minutes. Therefore, depending on how high heat you are using, the temperature could go from 280 to 300 degrees quickly. Thus, I'd recommend you use a medium/medium-heat... it could take longer than 15 minutes, but you have better control of the liquid candy.
7. If you plan to make these the night before, lay an old sheet on top of the glasses to detract dust or small bugs. They won't melt at room temperature.
8. Take it slow and pay attention- it really IS that easy to do this.

Source: Hostess with the Mostess


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