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An adult spin on a favorite candy, Jolly Rancher Vodka is a gorgeously refreshing cocktail drink. This colorful cocktail is made by infusing vodka with Jolly Rancher candies.
Jolly Rancher Cocktail
If you remember enjoying Jolly Ranchers as a kid, you’re going to enjoy them even more when they are served as part of this delicious fizzy cocktail. The fruity taste of the candied vodka combines with the sweet taste of the lemon-lime soda for a deliciously vibrant cocktail that’s perfect for serving at parties.
With just four ingredients, you’ll impress friends and family when you mix up a batch of these brightly colored cocktails. Although the candied vodka needs to be made at least 24 hours in advance, when it’s time to serve the drinks, the rest of the ingredients can be put together in just 10 minutes.
The fun bright colors and candy taste make this cocktail perfect for serving at birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and celebrations with friends. Pair it with some tasty appetizers like crab rangoon or loaded baked potato rounds for happy hour at home.
Jolly Rancher Cocktail Ingredients
- Vodka – 4 ounces vodka per jolly rancher color
- Jolly Rancher candies – for the candy alcohol, plus lots more for garnish
- Soda – lemon-lime soda
- Ice cubes
One of the most fun parts of this cocktail is the different flavor options. You’ll need to make a separate jar of candied vodka for each of the different candy flavors you want to offer. While you can combine different colors of candied vodka, they will blend together pretty quickly.
The candy garnish will sink and dissolve in the drink, so fill the glass with ice first and then pile the candy on top. You can serve this drink in any cocktail glass, but a highball glass, sometimes also called a Collins glass, is a classic choice to show off the candy colors. An old-fashioned glass is another good choice if you want to serve slightly smaller servings.
While this recipe makes a smaller batch of drinks, you can easily double it to serve more people. You can also make a non-alcohol version, a Jolly Rancher Mocktail, by dissolving the candies in water and then using the candy liquid topped with lemon-lime soda.
How to Make Jolly Rancher Cocktail
FIRST STEP: Place 4-6 same-color Jolly Rancher candies into a jar or container with a lid. Pour 4 ounces of vodka over the Jolly Ranchers and cover the container with an airtight lid. Allow candies to dissolve in the alcohol for about 24 hours. Stir or swirl occasionally to help combine the mixture.
SECOND STEP: When ready to make the cocktails, fill glasses with ice.
THIRD STEP: Add two ounces of candy alcohol to each glass.
FOURTH STEP: Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemon-lime soda.
FIFTH STEP: Top with Jolly Rancher candies and serve.
Could I use different alcohol instead of vodka?
You could use rum, tequila, or gin in this Jolly Rancher cocktail recipe. You could also use flavored vodka, just pick a flavor to compliment your Jolly Rancher flavor of choice.
How do I make different cocktail flavors?
answer If you want to offer multiple flavors of this drink, you’ll need to make a jar of candied vodka for each individual flavor. Repeat the steps of the recipe for each candy flavor that you make.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version?
Turn your cocktail into a mocktail by dissolving candies in water. Then use the candy liquid topped with lemon-lime soda to create a non-alcohol version of this drink.
How to Store Jolly Rancher Cocktail
IN THE FRIDGE: Candied alcohol can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Jolly Rancher Cocktail
- 4 ounces vodka per Jolly Rancher color
- 4-6 Jolly Rancher candies (plus lots more for garnish)
- 8-12 ounces lemon-lime soda
- Ice Cubes
- Place 4-6 same-color Jolly Rancher candies into a jar or container with a lid. Pour 4 ounces of vodka over the Jolly Ranchers and cover the container with an airtight lid. Allow candies to dissolve in the alcohol for about 24 hours. Stir or swirl occasionally to help combine the mixture.
- When ready to make the cocktails, fill glasses with ice.
- Add two ounces of candy alcohol to each glass.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemon-lime soda
- Top with Jolly Rancher candies and serve.