Even though Halloween is over and you’ve emerged from your sugar coma, we’re willing to bet you’ve still got plenty of leftover candy around the house! Rather than gorging yourself on even more sweets, why not work them into your drink menu?
There are tons of cocktail recipes out there that are inspired by candy – including our own HARLEM Halloween recipes – but you can also try using the actual sweets themselves. It’s easy to infuse vodka with hard candies and candy corn, a Halloween favorite, works well, too. Licorice can be used as a straw and Pop Rocks or powdered sugar treats are great for rimming a glass. And of course, you can always use your favorite treat as a garnish on a drink with complementary flavor notes.
For a delicious, sugary-sweet pairing with your shot of HARLEM, add a bit of orange-flavored candy. Try rimming the glass with a gummy orange slice or sucking on an orange Life Saver while you take a shot. Go through your stash of sweets and try different combinations that sound interesting – maybe you’ll discover your new favorite drink!
If you still have more candy after your mixology experimentation, you could always donate the confections – even if it’s just to your office candy dish. Also, feel free to follow us on Twitter for more creative drink ideas and daily spirits industry news.