"TrueBlood" Vampire-Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

These "TrueBlood" inspired bloody rimmed cocktail glasses are the ultimate spookalicious addition to any Halloween bash.

The dripping blood around the rim of the cocktail glass is made out of red candy. These versatile glasses can be filled with any Halloween concoction you can come up with, both alcoholic or non. (some ideas on the last page)...

Please be cautious when recreating this instructable and use an oven mitt during step 2.  If not, you may sustain severe burns & that would be no fun.

Step 1: Ingredients & Prep

Picture of Ingredients & Prep

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon red food gel paste

alcohol of choice

Prep & tools:

old oven mitt

1 sheet aluminum foil

1 cutting board

Cover cutting board in aluminum foil to absorb drips

candy thermometer


Place cutting board covered in aluminum foil, red gel paste, and glasses on stove next to pot.

nawty012 years ago
These look amazing!!! Do you know what I could substitute for corn syrup?? We currently live in Germany and I can't find it at the stores here.. :(
lmnopeas (author)  nawty012 years ago

You can make the corn syrup. Just mix together one cup of sugar with 1/4 cups water. Double recipe if you need more.

Hope this helps!
can you use normal food coloring or coktail coloring?
lmnopeas (author)  nickolaiisoe2 years ago
I'm not familiar with cocktail coloring. Food coloring or gel is the way to go.
sprinkles682 years ago
COOL!!! :D what a great idea
jiniz3 years ago
Wasn't your fault - you absolutely did put the warnings on it - it was my own dumbassery, not realizing that liquid candy drips. One quick trip to the Urgent Care and the pharmacy and a few glasses of wine and I was good to go. Not gonna lie, though. My kid learned a couple of new words that afternoon. :)
jiniz3 years ago
Seriously. She's not kidding. I made these and when I dipped a glass I didn't have a good grip on the glass, so I went to tip it back up with my un-oven-mitted hand and the hot candy dripped onto my palm. This pic is ten days after the incident.

But the glasses did look awesome!
Burn Day 10.jpgbloody glasses.jpg
lmnopeas (author)  jiniz3 years ago
ouch! I'm so sorry you got burned. I put warnings in all of my instructables when there might be a hazardous step, or a chance of injury. I hope you heal well. :(
So Gross, So Cool! Love it!
ccrowe13 years ago
Can you use plastic glasses or do they have be "glass"?????
lmnopeas (author)  ccrowe13 years ago
You can use plastic glasses. Just make sure that the plastic is really thick. If you use thin plastic, the rim will most likely melt because of the heat of the candy.
Awesome! Can't wait to make these - can I upload some pics when i do?
lmnopeas (author)  ccrowe13 years ago
Please upload pics! Can't wait to see them. Make sure you use a gel paste, not just plain food coloring. It will yield a much vibrant color red.
timmycutts3 years ago
Heh. The perfect thing to serve Blood and Fingernails cocktails in! We don't celebrate Halloween in Australia, so I'd never have a use for them... or the cocktail. But I do have a recipe for it somewhere, so if you'd like to know how to make it, just let me know. I won't make an article, though, it's too simple and not worth taking pictures.
lmnopeas (author)  timmycutts3 years ago
Please send the recipe. Sounds Awesome!
I might actually make an Instructable after all, I actually managed to find a recipe that would work, taste and look much better. I'll have to go shopping today and see if I can find everything...
lmnopeas (author)  timmycutts3 years ago
Can't wait to see it!
Aaaand here it is. If you want to make it a little more blood-colour, you could probably add a few drops of red food colouring, but otherwise, yeah, enjoy.
sweet idea i cant wait for my Halloween party!!
Very cool!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Nice work!
lmnopeas (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago