Occasionally, in a welcome dash of fate, these two endlessly entertaining activities collide.
And so it is with DIY peppermint candy shot glasses, picturesque little tankards which are so much more fun than the shop-brought variety.
In an idea conjured up by US drinks alchemist and blogger Cheri of The Watering Mouth, the cute homemade glasses are fashioned from melted-down peppermint candy.
Of course, melting candy is a bit of a messy, hit-and-miss process but that's all part of the joy of it. You basically arrange the candy on pieces of parchment paper, melt them down in the oven and then shape them over the top of actual shot glasses.
Cheri recommends using round candy cane sweets rather than candy canes, as they are easier to mould into pretty shades.
She suggests taking note of the candy's flavour, in order to match it with the liquor you choose to fill the glasses with. For example, peppermint would go nicely with peppermint schnapps, and so on.
She also warns you might burn your fingers a bit, because you only have a minute or so to mould the candy when it comes out of the oven before it hardens again.
Most important of all, you need to match the temperature of the shot glasses to that of the alcohol you use within - otherwise the glasses will crack. So if you're using room temperature liquor such as Bailey's, make sure your glasses are at room temperature. And if you are using frozen vodka, you also need to freeze the glasses.
You can just about getting away with serving warm drinks in them, such as spiked hot chocolate, but you need to have the glasses warm, as in just-made.
So now you want to make your own, right? Here's The Watering Mouth recipe, or scroll down to watch a video tutorial.
- 7 round, peppermint candies
- parchment paper
- shot glass
- cookie sheet
- beverage of your choice such as hot chocolate or Irish cream