"TrueBlood" Vampire-Rimmed Cocktail Glasses





Introduction: "TrueBlood" Vampire-Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

About: Loving mom of two beautiful boys, obsessive compulsive confetti user & passionate foodie!

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


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.

Step 2: Make the "TrueBlood" Vampire Rim

To make the candy bloody rim:

1. Combine sugar, corn syrup & water in pot. Stir to combine.

2. Place candy thermometer onto side of pot. Turn stove on to medium heat.** Do not stir**

3. When candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F,  add 1 teaspoon of red gel paste. Turn heat on stove to low.

4. Put on oven mitt. Once deep red color is incorporated into candy mixture, dip each glass into mixture up to three times to achieve desired effect. Turn upright onto cutting board. **If you don't wear an oven mitt, HOT candy will drip on your skin & you will sustain severe burns.**

Step 3: Allow Blood to Cool

Cool  the Blood:

Allow bloody rimmed glasses to cool on cutting board  for at least one hour. Don't worry if the candy blood has dripped onto the bottom of the glasses. It gives the glass a more dramatic effect, but will also pop right off once cooled if you don't want the added effect.

Step 4: Cheers!

Time to spook your friends!

Use dark flavored vodkas or spirits for a more dramatic effect. A particular favorite of mine is black cherry vodka and grenadine to simulate blood.

For an awesome kids version, try adding some flavored oil to the candy at the same time you add the red gel paste. A simple Shirley Temple would be great with these. Just add sprite and grenadine. 

To clean left over candy in pot, fill the pot with water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 to 8 minutes. Empty contents into sink. Repeat until no candy remains. To clean glasses, bring large pot filled with water to a boil, gently place glasses inside and let sit for a couple of minutes. Using an oven mitt and tongs, remove clean glass from pot.

Have a Spooktacular Time!




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    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.. :(

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    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!

    I'm not familiar with cocktail coloring. Food coloring or gel is the way to go.

    COOL!!! :D what a great idea

    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. :)

    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!

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    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. :(

    Can you use plastic glasses or do they have be "glass"?????

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    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?

    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.

    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.

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    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...

    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!!