DIY shot glasses are probably my favorite thing in the whole world, and these being DIY Peppermint shot glasses makes me even happier.
I totally love the idea of coming up with a glass you can make yourself, and everyone has fun at parties when they get to create something cute and functional….
Okay, who am I kidding? I just like to drink, and this gives me more of an excuse to do it, amirite or amirite???
So I’ve got a few other cool ideas rolling around in my head that I’m going to post when I can, but for now, I wanted to do something holiday-ish, and it’s the perfect time of year for peppermint stuff, ya heard!
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One of my fav drinks is a peppermint mocha from that green devil that everyone knows about. So that’s where the inspiration came from, because really I just wanted to do something with that flavor combination. And the add alcohol and VOILA! Everyone you know suddenly loves you.
Unrelated Sidenote: Is it bad to get my self-esteem from how drunk I can get my friends?
Moving on. So Christmas thoughts danced in my head, and I thought CANDY CANES!!! I looked up a YouTube video to see if it was possible to shape something out of candy canes and IT IS!
Why Not Candy Canes?
Then I experimented with the best materials (do you know how hard it is to find candy canes in October??) and ultimately went with just the regular, round peppermint candies for a lot of reasons:
- Candy cane shapes aren’t as easy to make cute for pictures
- Melting white candy canes always turned out darker/yellower than I wanted for the pictures
- They were harder to get into a uniform shape
- I’m sure you could crush them and melt that, but then you lose the whole point of using candy canes
- But here’s a cute Valentine’s idea (original vid I watched to get the oven temp) anyway, and then you can get lost in a spiral of cute candy cane ideas after that good luck dont say i didnt warn you
- I tried out the large and small sizes of candy canes and if you use large, you need to fill the inside with 2 smaller ones, or break up a full one and put it in the middle so it will melt out and get rid of any holes
- If you use the colored candy canes, remember, they’re usually flavored, so you’ll want to think about that when deciding what liquid/liquor to use (watermelon flavor with watermelon vodka, anyone??)
So yeah, the reason I don’t like using candy canes is purely cosmetic. They work for the most part, they’re just not cute.
For Kids, Too!
Because the whole point here is that we want to make super functional, cute shot glass (or just a cup) that we can drink out of.
Using mints versus candy canes means they’ll be a uniform, thick shape and they work like 19 out of 20 times.
And the absolute best part is that it’s not just for shot glasses. You can totally use these just for cups too. And my favorite part is that, I did test that with some homemade hot chocolate (almond milk, powdered sugar, cocoa powder) and then poured it into the cup and it TOTALLY WORKED. AND IT MADE MY HOT CHOCOLATE ALL PEPPERMINTY!!! (but keep in mind, the glasses have to be warm too, or they’ll crack)
Do that before you use them as shot glasses, otherwise you will fail from being tipsy. And then you can make this cute craft with your kids too and will win the coveted Parent of the Year Award. Or not. Because that doesn’t exist.
The Important Stuff
So after much testing, here are the things you need to know:
- I tried using different amounts of candies and the best amount was 7, so you have a good solid shape, big enough for a full shot
- However: Using 4 makes really small “cups” which are actually cute and usable for like holding mints or M&Ms or something
- If you refrigerate these, they can become sticky, but if you leave them out overnight, they get less sticky
- MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL: The liquid you use MUST BE the same temperature as the cup/shot glass or else it will crack and leak
- I used Publix brand “Starlight Mints” so I can only attest to how these work, but you can buy Brach’s brand here
Okay for real, here is an important point: this isn’t something kids should do. When these come out of the oven, you only have about a minute where they’re malleable enough to work with them, so you WILL end up burning your fingers a bit – they are damn hot! And you’ve got to work quickly. They’re really too hot for kids to do. After testing these for a day (about 20 of them), the next day I couldn’t do more than 2 of them, because my fingers hurt so bad.
Sidenote: A cold beer on hand nearby helps tremendously for cooling down fingers after making one or two of these. Not that I resorted to that or anything… :P
Now, I didn’t get like BURNT burnt, but just know that it doesn’t feel great to make them. So, it’s actually a cool idea to have your friends do it with you and they can shape their own glasses, take the stress (read: pain) out of having to do them all yourself.
And they can be made ahead of time, but they tend to get a tiny bit sticky, fyi. Not a deal-breaker, they still “serve their purpose”, if ya know what I mean…
So yeah – PEPPERMINT SHOT GLASS MAKING PARTY, #FTW!!
About the Liquid Temperature
- So, if you’re going to drink cold liquid from these (vodka out of the freezer?), your shot glasses need to have been refrigerated before (or in the freezer for a few minutes).
- If you’re drinking room temperature liquid (Bailey’s/Kahlua/Disaronno/Frangelico, anyone? Yes, I think I will…brb.), make sure your glasses are at room temperature. Mine cracked out of the fridge when I put room temp liquid in (testing for journalistic integrity, of course).
- And if you’re drinking hot chocolate, you HAVE TO use the peppermint cups warm, like right after you’ve made them. I tried it with cold ones, and the glasses cracked.
ALRIGHT ALREADY, here’s the instructions:
- Preheat your oven to 300F. Higher temperatures result in uneven melting and yellowing of the candy.
- Cut a square of parchment paper roughly 6" x 6" for each glass you will make. This will make it much easier to peel off the paper if you're doing more that one.
- Place your parchment paper on a cookie sheet and then arrange 7 candies tightly in a flower shape by placing one candy in the middle, and the other 6 touching all around, tightly with no gaps. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it through the window, if you can.
- Time is of the essence with this last step! Remove the tray from the oven and place on a pot holder next to your upside-down shot glass. Have something cold (like a beer) nearby to soothe your fingers if they get too hot. Pick up the parchment paper (it's not hot) and set it on the counter close to the shot glass. Let it cool for about 10 seconds. Pick up the parchment and let it hang vertically. Start to peel off the edge of the candy quickly, and once it's able to be peeled off, just let it fall upside down on the countertop. This helps it from folding over and ruining your effort. Now quickly! Pick up the candy and place it, bottom side touching the shot glass. It will naturally fold over the bottom of the shot glass, but then you'll have to help it along by folding it further so it forms a cup shape. Once it reaches a certain point, it's impossible to shape it anymore, so be prepared to work very quickly.
- If it's too hot, it will melt down the glass like a Dali painting, which maybe a cool effect for some, but hurts your fingers more. If it cools too much, it won't be malleable at all. May take a couple tries to get the timing right.
- Let it cool until it's just warm to the touch. Be gentle and just pop it off the glass, no oil or spray required. You may have to twist a tiny bit to get it to release.
- Serve your drink of choice in the cups. They're reusable!