Candy Corn Shot

Love it or love to hate it, there's no denying that candy corn is synonymous with fall - and for this week's BOOzeday Tuesday, we're making a candy corn shot that's sure to be a hit!
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  • Candy Corn Vodka
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Whipped Cream
  • Drink shaker
  • Shot glasses
  1. Before making these candy corn shots, you'll want to infuse vodka with candy corn. This is easily done by pouring plain vodka in a jar with candy corns and allowing to infuse for a week or so, shaking at least once a day. Note that the candy corns themselves will mostly dissolve after about a day, but you'll want to let the flavors combine thoroughly.
  2. To make these shots, shake the candy corn vodka with some ice and pineapple juice. Pour one shot into each shot glass.
  3. Drip the grenadine down the inside of the shot glasses to create the layered effect. There should be equal parts grenadine and candy corn cocktail when finished.
  4. Top with whipped cream and enjoy responsibly!
No BOOze? No problem!
Since shots are inherently boozy, we're going to call the booze-free version of the candy corn shot a candy corn sipper! To make a candy corn sipper, just replace the candy corn vodka with candy corn simple syrup. This is easily made by boiling equal parts sugar and water. Allow the simple syrup to cool completely and then infuse with a handful of candy corn as you would the infused vodka. Prepare as directed and enjoy!

collage of ingredients used in candy corn shot recipe

I know they're not everyone's favorite, but I've been known to enjoy a handful or two of candy corn as summer gives way to fall. There's just something so ... fall-like about candy corn, that it's hard to pass up!

And I find infusing vodka with your own flavors is a great way to put a personalized spin on any cocktail, and this one is no different! One thing to note about infusing candy corn, though, is that they will dissolve almost right away, since they're essentially a blend of sugars. They'll also leave a bit of sediment on the bottom of the jar, which is totally okay! Once the vodka infuses, it will become thicker and more syrupy than vodka would usually be, so you'll want to strain it before mixing. This is definitely a sweeter shot, so keep that in mind for guests that may not prefer their cocktails to be as sweet.

One last thing, did you guys know that almond milk whipped cream is a thing now?! When I was originally planning this drink for the blog, I had intended to try and make my own, but when I was picking up supplies, came across some almond milk whipped cream and it was a game changer, for sure.

So if you're looking for a sweet way to get the party started this Halloween, look no further than the candy corn shot (or sipper!). Careful though - like some of your favorite movie monsters, these just might sneak up on you!



  1. Any ideas on how to make this a little less sweet? Would skipping the grenadine make sense? Hmm...

    1. I'd say keep the grenadine to still have the 3 layers of color like candy corn, but maybe skip the pineapple juice? The vodka was still pretty strong after infusing with the candy corn, so not shaking it w/ the pineapple might take down the sweetness! 🎃