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Cotton Candy Cocktail

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You will love the bright colors and delightful sweetness of this cotton candy cocktail featuring vanilla vodka combined with strawberry flavor and real cotton candy on top.
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  1. Cotton Candy Cocktail Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Cotton Candy Cocktail Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our cotton candy cocktail is a whimsical beverage full of fun. Topped with fluffy cotton candy and flavored with strawberry simple syrup, sparkling water, and vanilla vodka, this sweet pink drink will make you feel like you’re sipping it in a fantasy land.

a close up shot of Cotton Candy Cocktails topped with cotton candy

Cotton Candy Cocktail Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 6 ounces of vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce of strawberry simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice (from half a medium lemon)
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2-inch-sized ball of pink cotton candy (vanilla or strawberry flavored if available)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Fluffed-up ball of pink cotton candy for garnish

PRO TIP:

Make sure that you are only using pink cotton candy for this cocktail to keep the beautiful pink color of the cocktail. If you use the pink and blue combo packs, the blue cotton candy will muddle the color of the cocktail. It will taste the same; however, the color will differ.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SIMPLE SYRUP: If you can not find the strawberry simple syrup (where other flavored simple syrups are found at your liquor store), you can substitute it with a strawberry daiquiri drink mixer for this sweet treat. 

VODKA: I have tested this alcoholic drink recipe with vanilla-flavored vodka, strawberry-flavored vodka, whipped cream-flavored vodka, and unflavored vodka. I prefer the vanilla or strawberry-flavored vodkas the best. I suggest that if you use unflavored vodka, you use an additional 1 ounce of strawberry-flavored simple syrup in the recipe.

How to Make This Cotton Candy Cocktail Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This recipe makes two drinks but can easily be doubled to serve more people.

STEP ONE: In the container of a cocktail shaker, add the vanilla vodka, strawberry simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, sparkling water, the ball of pink cotton candy, and ice.

vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, sparkling water, ice and pink cotton candy added to a shaker

STEP TWO: Shake well and pour into a highball glass. Be sure to strain out the ice.

shake Cotton Candy Cocktail in a shaker

STEP THREE: Garnish your cotton candy cocktail with a small bunch of pink cotton candy. Try to fluff it up before just barely setting it on top of the glass. You will want to ensure that your piece of cotton candy does NOT touch any of the cocktail liquid, or it will dissolve immediately.

PRO TIP:

When working with the cotton candy garnish, make sure your fingers are super dry and that the rim of the glass is also dry, especially after you pour the cocktail into it.

use pink cotton candy for granish

How To Serve

These bright pink concoctions would make fun drinks for a birthday party or girls’ night. Serve with our fruit salsa and cinnamon chips for an appetizer. Our cherry cupcakes or strawberry lemon cupcakes would be the perfect way to keep the pink theme.

Our Jolly Rancher drink and pink Starburst cocktail are two more grown-up drinks that incorporate a sweet candy treat. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This fun cocktail needs to be enjoyed immediately. It won’t keep for any length of time in the fridge.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this cotton candy cocktail. It is best made fresh.

a close up shot of Cotton Candy Cocktails topped with cotton candy

Is there anything more deliciously whimsical than fluffy cotton candy? It’s the perfect food for kids and adults alike, evoking a sense of nostalgia and fun. This cocktail with cotton candy is a great way to add that childlike feeling to your next party.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best glass to use for this simple cocktail?

You can use any tall glass you have on hand for this easy recipe. We chose a tall highball glass, but a hurricane glass or other fancy glass would also be fine.

Can I use a different flavor of vodka in this perfect drink recipe?

You can substitute plain vodka for the vanilla flavor, although if you do this, we recommend you use an additional 1 ounce of strawberry-flavored simple syrup in the recipe.

Can I make this alcoholic beverage ahead of time?

This cotton candy vodka cocktail is best enjoyed right away.

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You will love the bright colors and delightful sweetness of this cotton candy cocktail featuring vanilla vodka combined with strawberry flavor and real cotton candy on top.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, from half a medium lemon
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2 inches sized ball of pink cotton candy, vanilla or strawberry flavored if available
  • 2 cups ice
  • Fluffed-up ball of pink cotton candy garnished

Instructions
 

  • In the container of a cocktail shaker, add the vanilla vodka, strawberry simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, sparkling water, ball of pink cotton candy, and ice.
  • Shake well and pour into a highball glass. Be sure to strain out the ice.
  • Garnish your cotton candy cocktail with a small bunch of pink cotton candy. Try to fluff it up before just barely setting it on the top of the glass. You will want to ensure that your cotton candy does NOT touch any of the cocktail liquid, or it will dissolve immediately.

Notes

  • Make sure that you are only using pink cotton candy for this cocktail to keep the beautiful pink color of the cocktail. If you use the pink and blue combo packs, the blue cotton candy will muddle the color of the cocktail. It will taste the same; however, the color will differ.
  • This recipe makes two drinks but can easily be doubled to serve more people.
  • When working with the cotton candy garnish, make sure your fingers are super dry and that the rim of the glass is also dry, especially after you pour the cocktail into it.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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