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Candy Corn Cocktail

Photo by Tom Arena

Adapted from StripSteak by Michael Mina, Miami Beach, FL

A loose interpretation of the tri-color candy staple, this autumnal drink has a distinct confectionary note. Apple cider, reduced on the stovetop to concentrate its fall harvest flavor, mixes with rye’s spice and orange liqueur, while an egg white* adds richness, echoing the creamy texture of candy corn.

This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

Adult Candy Corn Cocktail

1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
½ ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
1 ounce apple cider reduction**
½ ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
3 pieces candy corn, for garnish


Shake all ingredients without ice, to emulsify the egg whites. Add ice and shake briefly again to chill. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with three pieces of candy corn speared on a metal pick (or served on the side).


*This drink also works without the egg white, but it will seem more acidic, so dial back the lemon juice a bit.

*How to Make Apple Cider Reduction

Boil 2 cups unfiltered apple cider, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to about ½ cup (about 15–20 minutes). Makes enough for 3–4 drinks.