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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Corn Liquor

Who knew there were so many recipes mixing up alcohol and fall candies? Not being a very frequent mixed drink drinker, I guess I have missed out on this whole group of recipes until now.

I did a post after Halloween on using leftover (ha!) chocolate bars in a lusciously lethal Mudslide (Good to the Last Drop, November 4, 2010). Then I found this recipe and just chuckled. Last time I checked, martinis were savory...potent sips enhanced with onions, olives or a "twist". Apparently, they also have a many-storied sweet side.

I love candy corn and "fall mix", for the colors and fun shapes. After a very few sweet handfuls, most of the bag just sits looking cute in the jar until next year. This recipe looks temptingly fun, sweet and juicy....nice for today's Thirsty Thursday post. It might be quite the thing to both empty out the candy jar a little and sweetened up your guests before Thanksgiving dinner.

Autumn Mix Martini  

For the infused vodka:
1/4 cup candy corn or Autumn Mix
1 ½ cups vodka

For the cordials:
2 ounces orange liqueur
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white
Candy corn or Autumn Mix for garnish
Orange or white rim sugar

To infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn or Autumn Mix and vodka in an airtight container; set aside to infuse for at least 3 hours, then strain.

Making the cordials: Add 4 ounces of the infused vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into 4 chilled martini glasses, rimmed with decorating sugar. Garnish with extra candies. Enjoy!

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