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!
-vodka (make sure it is unflavored)
-Jolly Ranchers (I used all the ones in a big bag, about 10-12 pieces per small bottle.)
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?
Use a funnel to pour vodka into each vessel, then seal it.
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.
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.
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- -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.)
- 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.
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.
That is fantastic. I can’t believe how great that looks. I’m definitely going to try this one for Christmas gifts!
What size are the bottles?
How big are the bottles?
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
Spree plus zia = heaven. That was my drank!
I love how colorful they all turned out! My favorite growing up was green apple. 🙂
This sounds so interesting! May have to try it!
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!
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…
Oh my, this sounds yummy! So glad y’all came up with this!!
They look so pretty!
This seems similar to skittle vodka that I’ve seen lots of people make! It always looks fun, I need to try it!
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Can somebody tell me what Jolly Ranchers are? Unfortunately we don’t have them in Germany 🙁
This takes me back to University days!!!!
Skittles vodka is a bit of a craze in the UK! 🙂
Love the colours, I need to try this tonight!
This is such a cute idea! I loooove the colours! This is something I would concider making !