A Vampire's Kiss cocktail is a must for any ghoulish gathering!  The bright red drink combined with the extremely effective dripping, red rim really looks the part and tastes pretty good too.

Watch as your guests attempt to pick off and eat bits of the red, flavoured hard candy!  If you're wondering, no you won't end up ruining your martini glasses with a permanent sticky rim.  It takes a lot of washing up liquid, a scrubbing brush and burning hot water.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep time: 10 minutes for the red rim and 2 minutes for the cocktail.


  • 30 ml or 1 oz vodka
  • 15 ml or 0.5 oz cherry brandy
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Champagne or Prosecco

Ingredients for the Red Rim:

  • 100 g or 0.44 cups sugar
  • 50 ml or 1.6 oz light corn syrup, for example Karo
  • 50 ml or 1.6 oz water
  • Drop of red food colouring

To Prepare the Red Blood Rim:

  1. Using the quantities described you could do about 4-6 glass rims, possibly even more.  It gets trickier to prepare and coat the glasses if you reduce the measurements.
  2. Add the sugar, water and syrup to a pan and heat over a high temperature without stirring.
  3. Monitor the temperature with a probe.  Once the gauge measures 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 149 degrees Celsius add the red food colouring. 
  4. Either turn off the heat or if you want to do a few glasses then keep the mixture at a constant temperature.
  5. Next comes the fun part; start dipping the rim of the glass into the red candy concoction.  You can dip as much and as far down the glass as you choose.  The droplets that form will solidify fast and create a great, drippy bloody-like effect.


  1. Add a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, cherry brandy and grenadine.  Shake for around 20-30 seconds to cool the mixture.  It's a good idea to keep the vodka in the freezer.
  2. Strain into your prepared glass and then finish off with either Champagne or Prosecco.
  3. Serve.

Step-by-Step Video to Create a Red Rim Around The Top of a Glass:

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