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Jolly Rancher Drink

close up shot of glasses of Jolly rancher drink with ice and jolly ranchers
This colorful Jolly Rancher drink will add a fun twist to cocktail hour. Fizzy soda and vodka are flavored with your favorite Jolly Rancher flavor, making your drink taste just like the candy.
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  1. JOLLY RANCHER DRINK INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS JOLLY RANCHER DRINK RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Whether your favorite flavor of Jolly Rancher is green apple or blue raspberry, this Jolly Rancher drink is a colorful and fun way to add your favorite candy from childhood to an adult cocktail. The fruity taste of the candied vodka adds a nice sweetness to fizzy lemon lime soda for a refreshing happy hour drink.

Our pink Starburst cocktail and mango mojito are both fun drink recipes that you must try as well.

JOLLY RANCHER DRINK INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 4 ounces vodka per jolly rancher color 
  • 4 to 6 Jolly Rancher hard candies (plus lots more for garnish)
  • 8 to 12 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • ice cubes

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NON-ALCOHOLIC: Make a non-alcoholic version by dissolving candies in half a cup of water and then just using the candy liquid topped with lemon-lime soda.

SOFT DRINKS: Instead of using a liter of Sprite or 7UP lemon lime soda, your favorite brand of ginger ale would be a great option for a unique and different flavor.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS JOLLY RANCHER DRINK RECIPE

PRO TIP

This recipe makes a smaller batch of drinks but can easily be doubled to serve more people.

STEP ONE: Place 4 to 6 same-color Jolly Ranchers hard candy into a mason 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.

PRO TIP

If you want to offer multiple flavors of this drink, make more than one jar of candied vodka using different candy flavors, repeating the step above for each individual flavor.

STEP TWO: When ready to make the cocktails, fill glasses with ice cubes.

STEP THREE: Add two ounces of candy alcohol to each glass.  

PRO TIP

You can combine different colors of candied vodka, but they will blend together pretty quickly.

STEP FOUR: Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemon-lime soda.

STEP FIVE: Top with Jolly Rancher candies and serve.

PRO TIP

The candies will sink in the drink, so fill the glass with ice and place candies for the garnish on top. Candies will dissolve as they sit in the drink – you can add more lemon-lime soda or vodka or Jolly Rancher vodka to the glass.

HOW TO SERVE

Enjoy your tasty Jolly Rancher cocktail on your own or with friends. This recipe would be a fun option to up your cocktail game at a party. Wow your friends with the vibrant colors and fruity flavors. Don’t forget a few appetizers on the side such as our stuffed mushrooms, cucumber bites and ranch crack dip.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Candied alcohol will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Store in a mason jar or other sealed container.

If vodka and 7Up is your drink, this delicious cocktail is just one step further. It tastes just like the flavor of Jolly Ranchers that you use. Whip up this fizzy and bright new drink for friends and they will be amazed at your bartending skills.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Could I use different alcohol instead of vodka in this recipe?

You could opt for rum, tequila, or gin in this Jolly Rancher alcoholic drink recipe.

What is the best glass to use for this drink?

Any cocktail glass would work fine for this recipe. A highball glass, sometimes called a Collins glass would be a classic choice to show off the lovely color of this drink. If you want a slightly smaller option, an old-fashioned glass would be a good choice as well.

Can I use flavored vodka instead of plain in this recipe?

There are plenty of flavors of vodka available. Pick a flavor to complement your Jolly Rancher flavor of choice to add even more fruity flavor to your drink.

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Jolly Rancher Drink

5 from 1 vote
This colorful Jolly Rancher drink will add a fun twist to cocktail hour. Fizzy soda and vodka are flavored with your favorite Jolly Rancher flavor, making your drink taste just like the candy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces vodka per jolly rancher color
  • 4 to 6 Jolly Rancher candies plus lots more for garnish
  • 8 to 12 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Place 4 to 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.

Notes

PRO TIP: This recipe makes a smaller batch of drinks but can easily be doubled to serve more people.
 
PRO TIP: If you want to offer multiple flavors of this drink, make more than one jar of candied vodka using different candy flavors, repeating the step above for each individual flavor.
 
PRO TIP: You can combine different colors of candied vodka, but they will blend together pretty quickly.
 
PRO TIP: The candies will sink in the drink, so fill the glass with ice and place candies for the garnish on top. Candies will dissolve as they sit in the drink – you can add more lemon-lime soda or vodka or Jolly Rancher vodka to the glass.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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