Vampire Themed Blood Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

Whether decorating glasses for adults to drink cocktails from or for children to have their juice in, these blood rimmed candy drip cocktail glasses will both impress everyone and look amazing!

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The candy blood is very simple to make (and ever so delicious). The following is a recipe for how to make the blood candy and how to apply it your glasses to achieve such a great effect:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Red food coloring (liquid, not gel

Directions:

1. After adding the sugar, syrup and water into a pan wide enough to fit the drinking rim of your glasses, place the pan on a medium to high heat and cook the mixture without stirring it until it reaches a temperature of around 150oC

2. Add the liquid red food colouring – about 15-20 drops depending upon how dark you wish for it to be.

3. Turn the heat down to low and whilst the mixture is still hot, dip the top of your cocktail glasses into the liquid candy (as deeply as you would like the candy rime to go) and then whilst using an oven mitt to avoid burning turn the glass the correct way up and place on top of greaseproof parchment paper to dry. The thick consistency of the liquid whilst it is drying will allow it to drip down the glass creating a blood like effect.

*Please Note* – The type of glasses that you use can be affected by the liquid candy, for example cocktail glasses made of glass will be OK however cocktail glasses that are made of plastic may melt slightly under the heat of the heated liquid candy.

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Vampire Blood Type Welcoming Drinks

When throwing a party, one always like to have a selection of welcoming drinks ready for when each of the guests arrive. So for this Halloween why not make these amazing vampire themed blood type cocktails.

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These party favours are a doddle to make and look amazing, you can either create your own labels on the computer or visit the Hostess with the Mostess Blog at http://blog.hwtm.com/2009/03/hey-twilight-lovers-drink-up-printable-vampire-bottle-labels/ where she has designed and created the labels above which you can download and print out yourself.

Once you have your bottles made and labels attached, all you need to do is to fill them with your favourite red cocktail. Our favourite here in the FancyCrafting office – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk – and one of the most simple to make red cocktail has to be the Cosmopolitan, here is the recipe should you wish to go down the Cosmo route too:

Cosmopolitan:

Ingredients:

The following ingredients will yield about 4 servings:

  1. 8 ounces (1 cup) Vodka
  2. 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Triple Sec
  3. 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Cranberry Juice
  4. 1 to 2 ounces (2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons) fresh Lime Juice
  5. 4 x 2 inch Orange Peels/Twists

Method:

  1. Using a large pitcher add the measures of Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice and Fresh Lime juice and then stir.
  2. Once stirred place in the refrigerator until cool.
  3. Once ready to serve pour them into your pre-made vampire blood type bottles.

 

10 Days Until Halloween!…

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If like us you love Halloween and all things fancy dress you’ll be as thrilled as us that it’s only 10 days until the Halloween Weekend commences. In order to celebrate this delightful fact we have compiled some of our favourite tips, tricks, recipes and other Halloween themed musings for those of you who wish for some added inspiration or guidance throughout this brilliant holiday.

Today we will be sharing all manner of recipes (both Food and Drinks), costume ideas and other general musings with you all related to one of the most favoured of themes – Vampires.

Pina Colada Day

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Well today is the day that we have all been waiting for ladies – Pina Colada Day!

It is said that Pina Coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the term ‘pina colada’ is actually Spanish for ‘strained pineapple’

We all know that instead of being in work we’d rather be on a beach sipping one of these bad boys, however its nearly the weekend and the sun is shining so we think that gives us the perfect reason to celebrate and rustle up some pina colada’s, for those of you that wish to join us why not have a go at making some with the following recipe: 

Pina Colada Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 120ml Pineapple Juice
  • 60ml White Rum
  • 60ml Coconut Cream
  • Wedge of Pineapple to Garnish

 Method:

  1.  Put the Pineapple Juice, White Rum and Coconut Cream in a blender with a handful of ice.
  2. Pulse all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and add the pineapple wedge to the top of the glass as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!!

 

Have a fabulous Pina Colada Day!

National Martini Day

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Well today is the day that all of us ladies AND James Bond enthusiasts have been dreaming of…..National Martini Day!! 😀 It seemingly couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Whether you are in the mood for a pre-weekend tipple, are fancying a rather lavish way of calming the nerves through England’s nerve wracking knock out match against Uruguay this evening or have lost your partner to the World Cup madness which you yourself cannot stand and are looking to indulge yourself in luxury it would be rather rude not to take advantage of this National Day for sure! 😉

For those of you who aren’t getting your local bartender to pour one for you, here’s some recipes from the ‘Classic Martini’ to a decadent ‘S’mores Martini’:

Classic Martini Recipe:

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Ingredients: (these ingredients will make 1 cocktail)

  • 2½ ounces of Gin
  • ½ ounce of Dry Vermouth
  • Olives (for garnish) 

Method:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into the mixing glass
  3. Make like 007 and stir the ingredients for 30 seconds
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with the amount of olives of your choice – usual practice is either 1 or 3
  6. Enjoy!

Smirnoff Lemon Drop Martini: 

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Ingredients: (these ingredients will make 1 cocktail)

  • 38 mls of Smirnoff Vodka
  • 8 mls of Triple Sec
  • 23mls Lemon Juice 

Method:

  • Rim a Martini Glass and place in fridge to chill
  • Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in the Smirnoff, Triple Sec and Lemon Juice
  • Shake Well
  • Strain into the chilled Martini glass.

Smirnoff Green Apple Martini: 

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Ingredients: (these ingredients with make 1 cocktail)

  • 38mls of Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka
  • 8mls of Apple Schnapps
  • 1 Splash of Sour Mix
  • 1 Slice of Apple (for garnish)

Method:

  1. Fill a Mixer full of Ice
  2. Add the Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka, Apple Schnapps and Sour Mix
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with the Apple Slice

S’mores Martini

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Technically this is a rather warm martini and so it can be enjoyed even in the winter months to warm you up, but with the marshmallow and the chocolate it seems to luscious to have to wait for 6 months.

Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 45mls Bourbon
  • 45mls Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 30mls Chocolate Liqueur
  • Dash of Cream
  • Marshmallow Fluff (for rimming the glass)
  • Digestive Biscuit crumbs (for rimming the glass)

Method:

  1. Coat the rim of your Martini glass in Marshmallow fluff.
  2. One the edge is nice and stickied up roll the rim of the glass in a bowl of the biscuit crumbs.
  3. Fill a mixer with ice
  4. Add the Bourbon, Butterscotch Schnapps, Chocolate Liqueur and Cream and shake.
  5. Pour into the pre-decorated Martini glass and enjoy.

Raspberry Baileys Martini: 

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Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 60mls Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 8mls Smirnoff Raspberry Flavoured Vodka
  • Raspberries (Used for garnish) 

Methods:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the Baileys and Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka to the mixing glass.
  3. Shake well and then strain into a Martini glass
  4. Garnish your glass with a Raspberry.

Dirty Martini 

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Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 45mls Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
  • 1 splash olive juice
  • Olives to garnish

 Method:

  1.  Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the Smirnoff and Olive Juice
  3. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass
  4. Garnish with the amount of olives of your choice

Hope you all enjoy these recipes and have a tip top Martini day! 🙂 we know we will!! ;-p