Try This: Jolly Rancher Vodka

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!)I’ve always wanted to try candy-infused vodkas! A couple years ago, I experimented with fruit and vegetable-infused versions (spoiler– raspberry and pomegranate were the best!), and at that time, many of you recommended I try candy, marshmallows, and… really… all kinds of things! Apparently you can put many MANY different solid foods into a bottle of vodka to give it a new infused flavor. Pretty cool. Today, in honor of trick-or-treating month, it’s candy time. 

I chose Jolly Ranchers because they were my favorite childhood hard candy. You can use many different kinds of candy. I recommend something where you can separate the colors though, so it stays bright and pretty (and doesn’t turn muddy or brown).  

Here’s how to infuse vodka with Jolly Ranchers! 

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) Needed:
-vodka (make sure it is unflavored)
-airtight containers
-Jolly Ranchers (I used all the ones in a big bag, about 10-12 pieces per small bottle.)

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) Divide the Jolly Ranchers up by color. This will help both the color and the flavor stay true to the candy. You can add more candy than this if you want something super sweet and intense. Our finished product was sweet and flavorful, but not too syrupy. 

My favorite Jolly Rancher when I was a kid was green apple and Laura’s was watermelon. What was yours? 

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) Use a funnel to pour vodka into each vessel, then seal it. 

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) I took this photo after about an hour of the bottle sitting on the countertop. I was shocked by how fast the process happened. I shook it up after about an hour, then let it continue to sit. The next morning the candy had completely dissolved, so I gave it one more shake and called it done! The whole process took less than 24 hours. 

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) Shake-shake-shake! 

Jolly Rancher Vodka (SO easy and tastes just like Jolly Ranchers!) The finished vodka can be given as a gift. It can also be served with Sprite, lemonade, or, of course, as a shot. The candy flavor REALLY comes through. It’s fun! Like I said before, you can always add more candy if you want a sweeter, more intense flavor. 

What do you think? Candy-flavored vodka, anyone? xo. Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

Jolly Rancher Vodka

Ingredients

  • -vodka make sure it is unflavored
  • -airtight containers
  • -Jolly Ranchers I used all the ones in a big bag, about 10-12 pieces per small bottle.

Instructions

  • Divide the Jolly Ranchers up by color. This will help both the color and the flavor stay true to the candy. You can add more candy than this if you want something super sweet and intense. Our finished product was sweet and flavorful, but not too syrupy.
  • Use a funnel to pour vodka into each vessel, then seal it.
  • I shook it up after about an hour, then let it continue to sit. The next morning the candy had completely dissolved, so I gave it one more shake and called it done! The whole process took less than 24 hours.
  • Hi,
    The bottles you infused into look a little smaller than a 750ml…How much vodka to the 10-12 jolly ranchers?
    Trying to make this next weekend for a post graduation gathering for my daughter & her friends.
    Thank you!

  • That is fantastic. I can’t believe how great that looks. I’m definitely going to try this one for Christmas gifts!

  • May I ask where you got these bottles? Love these! I’ve done the skittles, I like this idea more!!

  • This may be a stupid question, but how long would this be good? If I gave as a gift and they didn’t drink it for a year because they liked the color and bottle in their wine cabinet, would the color start to fade and lose flavor?

  • We used to do this with skittles at uni, I imagine you get much more flavour off the jolly ranchers though
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  • This sounds so interesting! May have to try it!
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  • I love how colorful they all turned out! My favorite growing up was green apple. 🙂

  • Those are so pretty! I just recently turned 21 (so exciting!) and have been wanting to try some drinks. I’ll keep this fun one in mind!

    http://ashcatz.blogspot.com

  • Why did you move the vodka into another container? Could you do the same process just using the bottle it came in (with a few more pieces of candy, of course) ~~ just curious…

  • This seems similar to skittle vodka that I’ve seen lots of people make! It always looks fun, I need to try it!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  • Can somebody tell me what Jolly Ranchers are? Unfortunately we don’t have them in Germany 🙁

  • Love the colours, I need to try this tonight!

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  • This is such a cute idea! I loooove the colours! This is something I would concider making !

  • I went to a party at my FIL’s house a few weeks ago and someone had jars of Jolly Rancher moonshine. Apple and watermelon! They were delicious, but I can totally see how one could accidentally consume too much. The candy really took the sting of the moonshine away.

  • Looks too much fun and pretty!! I want to try with Starbursts!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

  • We like to dissolve liquorice lollies in vodka, have you tried that? It’s not so sweet and the black colour looks awesome, suitable for Halloween 😉

  • I LOVE candy infused Vodka- it’s so pretty!
    My favourite thing to infuse is Skittles to make Skittle Bombs.
    Soo good!

    Much love. xx
    http://christiestakeonlife.blogspot.com.au/

  • I am definitely trying this. Thanks for the inspiration Elsie.
    Rosie x
    www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • Thanks for making this post now! I really love it. I’ve made skittes vodka before – but somehow it looks like this will turn out even more DELICIOUS! Going to make it for my roommates for Halloween! http://meowemily.blogspot.com

  • This is so fun! I’ve already voted to make these with my girlfriends at our next get together / sleepover 😛 Cute idea for gifts too.

  • I love candy and I love Vodka 🙂

    When mixed together, it is going to be awesomesauce 😛

    http://besthalloweenstorez.com/

  • These are so cute and so beautiful, I’d love to give these as gifts. Can you think of a way to produce a non-alcoholic version?

  • Hi Sherri,
    It’s from Danny Brito on Etsy!
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/dannybrito

    xx- Elsie

  • I’ve always wanted to try this, but keep forgetting about it. I’m going to have to try this out. It looks so flavorful and fun!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

  • Of course!
    amazing, will this work with gin???

    http://www.mykitschworld.blogspot.com.es

  • Gah! This looks awesome! So darn sweet (quite literally) and simple! Love it!

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • This recipe should be for cheap vodka only! I’m cringing at the thought of using Stoli for this…yikes!

  • Yes, it will work but Gin has a stronger flavor than vodka so you’ll probably taste it more. I’d use more candy with Gin, personally.
    xx- Elsie

  • Haha! Yes, you have to add the alcohol in at the very end for jello shot. 🙂
    I did the same thing once with a spiked cider. whoops!
    xx- Elsie

  • Oh AMAZING! Love it AND the colors. Can’t wait to try than you!
    xo
    Hollyn
    http://psimfromthemidwest.blogspot.com/

  • LOVE love love this one!!! Love colorful drinks.. and candies are my fav… will def try this..

    xo
    Hems
    http://agoldentulip.blogspot.com/

  • These are so pretty they would look amazing on a table at a halloween party! Jolly Ranchers were my favourite candy growing up so I cannot wait to try this!! XO

  • This looks delicious! The bright colors are so so fun

    xo, erica
    sweet-endeavors.com

  • It’s such a fun idea to try!!! I sure will give it a try soon!
    Thanks for sharing

  • I made jello shots once. It was really fun except I forgot that alcohol can be ‘sweated’ out when you make the jello. Long story short, I made some jello. Minus the ‘shots.’

  • What what what??? My favourite candy of all time as a drink?! How did this combo not come about before? I am seriously all over this for Canadian thanksgiving weekend parties. woot woot!
    thanks a bundle for sharing!
    www.oomphlove.blogspot.ca

  • I make skittle vodka a lot, and I’ve had wethers original vodka which should be horrible but is amazing!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  • I remember reading about this process years ago but I always assumed it would be persnickety and take weeks and weeks. I’m so surprised it only took a day and it seemed super easy. sweeet! thanks for sharing.

  • I recently heard this was a thing and that it was even better than skittles vodka!
    My favorite flavor was (is) cherry… maybe I’ll give it a try soon.
    -E

    http://amie-eo.blogspot.com

  • The blue-raspberry Jolly Rancer vodka sounds like the perfect gift for my best friend who just loves blue-flavored drinks!

  • That’s so inventive! Somebody seems to be preparing for the halloween.

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  • I made this is college all the time expect this looks much more adult than making it in huge Deer Park bottles haha

    http://thatsmagsforyou.com

  • Ooooo, I bet other candy might work as well, like jelly beans or Starbursts! The colors on these Jolly Rancher infusions turned out beautifully. I’ve experimented with fruit and herb infusions before too, with great success. Honestly a strawberry infusion tastes an awful lot like candy, too!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • I love the bright fun colours! I’ve heard of making this with skittles, but the Jolly Rancher colours are much more bright and fun!

    M.

  • YES. I was going to say… I used to do this in college, but you ABM gals make it look much classier, haha.

  • Hi Elsie! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 it looks so cute and easy, can’t wait to test it out.

    xoxo from Miami- Jessy

    www.letsfallinloveblog.com

  • I used to make candy cane vodka and gift it with homemade hot cocoa mix during the holidays. No I pretty much stick to cucumber-infused, but it doesn’t look nearly as pretty!

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