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Jolly Rancher Cocktail

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Originally posted August 26, 2019. Updated October 21, 2021 and August 22, 2022.

Relive your childhood in a grownup way with this green apple Jolly Rancher cocktail. It’s an adult spin on a favorite candy. This popular Jolly Rancher drink also makes a great St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas or Halloween cocktail.

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Jolly rancher drinks and imitation drinks are quite popular with kids of all ages. Seems like the adult kids deserve a delicious drink they can enjoy, too. There is a nonalcoholic version of this recipe below for actual children.

Wouldn’t they make a fun Halloween cocktail?! The bright green color would be perfect.

Wait! They’re also perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re not a fan of green beer.

How about when watching your favorite sports team with green as a team color?

How about at a summer garden party?

They’d be great as a treat for the adults at a children’s party.

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Jolly Rancher Cocktail

Isn’t your mouth watering just looking at this jolly rancher cocktail and thinking about that tart green apple fruity taste?

3 glasses with bright green drink.

Jolly Rancher shots are popular with the adult crowd, but there are times when you’d prefer a grownup cocktail to doing shots. You can wow your guests with this easy recipe for a cocktail that blends a fun childhood candy flavor with the sophistication of a cocktail. Serve it dramatically from a cocktail shaker to add a bit of flair.

If you’re looking for a frozen Jolly Rancher drink, then you definitely want to check out this Jolly Rancher Margarita from Sequins in the South.

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These Jolly Rancher cocktails would be perfect for a variety of situations:

  • The nostalgic candy taste is perfect for a bright summer day.
  • The bright green color is perfect for a Halloween party.
  • The fun candy taste would be great as the adult beverage at a child’s celebration.
  • Add a frozen cranberry or two and it could be a festive holiday cocktail.
  • The distinctive color makes it ideal for a bright green color athletic team tailgate style party.

Warning – You don’t want these cocktails to be confused with a Jolly Rancher drink by children. Please be aware that while this is a festive drink for adults, it is a cocktail and only appropriate for adults. Instead you can serve one of these equally delicious non-alcoholic drinks for them:

  • The Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever – This is the best strawberry lemonade ever. It’s quick and easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time and is perfect for large parties.
  • Easy Pineapple Lemonade – An easy pineapple lemonade recipe that’s refreshing on a hot day. It’s a perfect afternoon treat & easy to make in big batches for a party.
  • Witches’ Brew Punch – Witches’ brew punch is a fun, frothy easy-to-make Halloween drink that you can make in an adult version and also in a non-alcoholic version.

Mocktail Version

You could also make a mocktail version of the Jolly Rancher Cocktail by:

  • Mixing a 2-liter bottle of Jolly Rancher Drink with sparkling water, apple juice or white grape juice
  • Mixing Green Apple Jolly Rancher Drink powdered drink mix with sparkling water, apple juice or white grape juice
  • You could also mix either with ginger ale or your favorite lemon lime soda, too.

How to Make a Jolly Rancher Cocktail

Yield: 2

Green Apple Jolly Rancher Cocktail

3 glasses with green liquid and green jolly rancher in cup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9.5 ounces vodka, divided
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 ounces melon liqueur
  • 3 ounces ***homemade pomegranate grenadine syrup
  • 5-10 Green Apple Jolly Rancher Candies
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Combine 5 Green Apple Jolly Rancher candies and 1 cup of vodka in container with a lid.
  2. Allow candy and vodka to infuse at least 24 hours.
  3. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add
    Green Apple Jolly Rancher infused vodka, melon liqueur, and lemon juice.
  4. Shake vigorously to mix.
  5. Place a Green Apple Jolly Rancher in the bottom of a glass.
  6. Fill the glass about three-quarters full with the Jolly Rancher Cocktail.
  7. Add a few drops of the homemade pomegranate grenadine syrup.
  8. *** To make the pomegranate grenadine simple syrup, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, turn down heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Add 1/4 pomegranate juice. Remove and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container


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2 Comments

  1. Never would have thought of this… you are so clever! I was pretty much a watermelon Jolly Rancher gal myself, but I’d say green apple was probably my second choice. So fun:)

    1. Watermelon and green apple were my two favorite flavors, too, Seana! You could make this drink and simply substitute watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Hmmm, I may have to give that a try. 🙂

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