Remember how I posted about my potentially disgusting idea a little while ago?
Well, it has been executed. I have made candy corn vodka. I mixed them together in a jar, let it sit for a week, then strained out all these little weird stringy pieces left behind.
The results are not earth shattering. My life has not been changed. But it did turn out better than I expected. [Though I did expect to instantly upchuck the moment I tried this stuff, so the bar was pretty low.]
Despite its intense, eye-melting neon orange color [thank you, cheap candy dye], the flavor of the candy corn is very subtle. It mostly tastes like plain old vodka, with a vague corn syrup and imitation butter finish.
I will honestly probably never make this again. BUT, I was very excited by the fact that when I made a vodka tonic with it, the layers of liquid and ice separated and looked JUST like the stripes on a candy corn. That might be the best part of this whole experiment.
So if you don't want the taste of candy corn but want a drink that looks like it, you could put food coloring in regular vodka. You could also swap out candy corn for orange skittles so that at least it tastes like something definitive [because let's be honest, this is not a high brow drink]. Or you could use a liquor that's already bright orange colored, though none are coming to mind for me at the moment. Anybody?
UPDATE: Veronica from PlantedLA suggested using orangecello as the liqueur instead of the vodka if you're not too into the taste of candy corn. I think that's a great idea. The orangecello would still create the candy corn striated look when you pour the tonic on top of it. Thanks Veronica! :]
Candy Corn Vodka Tonic
1 oz candy corn vodka [recipe follows]
splash orange juice
candy corn [for garnish]
1. Mix the vodka and orange juice. Pour it over ice.
2. Gently and slowly pour the tonic water on top. Do not stir.
3. Press a candy corn onto the brim of the glass and serve.
Candy Corn Vodka
2 c vodka
3/4 c candy corn
1. Mix both ingredients in a glass jar. Seal tightly and let rest in a cool dark cupboard for 5 days.
2. Give the jar a shake and strain through a paper towel. Store in the jar in the freezer.