I saw this idea floating around Pinterest for several weeks. So I thought it would be fun to try it out for myself. When I shared early photos of my handiwork on Facebook, I was surprised to find so many people harboring nostalgic feelings for candy soaked goodness. Jodi commented on how she would pair Jolly Ranchers with Zima in college. “Classy,” she said.
Several people commented on pairing gummy bears with vodka. Jamie said, “I have some gummy bears chilling in vodka in my fridge right now…almost 24 hours later and they are 2x the size.” Mary and Elizabeth also shared the same excitement. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the idea of vodka soaked gummy worms served in tiny chocolate pudding cups and crushed Oreos very soon.
A lesson I learned after sampling the finished product was it is better with a mixer than on its own. I prefer a shot of any of the infused flavors on the rocks with a splash of sparkling water. If you are looking for something sweeter, Sprite or 7up will do just fine.
6 Steps for Jolly Rancher Infused Vodka
- Wash and dry five glass jars that are approximately 8 ounces each. They should have resealable lids.
- Separate the flavors of a 1 lb. bag of Jolly Ranchers. I noticed my bag had an uneven distribution of each flavor. The number of watermelon was nearly double the others and there was significantly less blue raspberry. I’m not sure if this is consistent for each bag.
- Unwrap the Jolly Ranchers and add each flavor to the jars. There should be roughly 12-15 candies per jar. I ended up mixing blue raspberry with the extra watermelon.
- Pour vodka over the candy and fill each jar to the top. Select mid-grade vodka such as Sky or Smirnoff. This will help to ensure a well-rounded flavor without breaking the bank. Cheap vodka overpowers the sweetness and tends to be too harsh.
- Seal the jars. Let the infusion occur over an 8-10 hour period or until the candy has dissolved completely. Shake the jars occasionally.
- After the candy has completely dissolved, the infusion is ready to drink. I like to chill the final product in the freezer before serving.