Tempt your taste buds with our Jolly Rancher Moonshine recipe. This sweet drink packs quite a punch.
Alright all of you sweet-toothed studs, I’ve got a new one for you.
No shame, jolly ranchers are my all-time favorite piece of hard candy. And what could be better than a smooth, liquid version of your favorite candy?!
This Jolly Rancher Moonshine recipe is not only easy and inexpensive — and requires no additional cooking — but it also makes the perfect homemade gift for friends and family.
This recipe uses actual jolly ranchers as well as fruit flavored syrups to turn a slow sipping' moonshine into a cocktail that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Since this delicious concoction tastes like candy, it is important that lightweights don’t consume it like candy. This is one sweet drink with a serious bite.
The History of Moonshine
Moonshining has been steadily growing in popularity. With more and more recipes for spirits and cocktails popping up on social media sites and Pinterest, what was once a taboo is now becoming mainstream.
Of course, moonshining started in the United States with early pioneers in Pennsylvania and other grain-producing states learning to distill their excess grain rather than letting it spoil. In fact, whiskey could be used as currency at that time.
However, this practice led to a ‘whiskey tax’ and subsequent rebellion where many lost their lives. Moonshining again rose to popularity in 1920 when prohibition made the production, transportation and sale of alcohol illegal in the United States.
Moonshining is once again on the rise partially due to the hit Discovery Channel series Moonshiners.
Moonshining Doesn't have to be Difficult
While moonshine is made from common ingredients-since you can ferment almost anything-it is not a simple process. Making sure you follow the right process to make a product that is safe for consumption is important. This process is made much easier with the right equipment.
Many of the concerns around the production of moonshine have come from the use of equipment that can contaminate the final product and make it unsafe during production or consumption.
Fortunately, there are solutions available. Our Mist 1 Gallon Air Still can make quality spirits with the touch of a button. Check out how we made moonshine from sugar, water and yeast in the video below!
Investing in a quality moonshine still kit is one of the best decisions you will ever make if you are planning on making moonshine on your own.
With a quality moonshine kit you can fine tune your technique to produce the perfect blend of moonshine, every time. Use that moonshine to make a wide range of alcoholic beverages and recipes as well. For a full guide on how to make moonshine, click here.
Jolly Rancher Moonshine
Sweet and tasty, this fun cocktail packs quite a punch.
45 pieces of Cherry Jolly Ranchers in each Mason Jar
5 cups of moonshine
3 8 oz Mason Jar
1/4 cup of Grenadine
1 cup of Sprite
Unwrap and place 15 jolly rancher candies in each mason jar
Fill each jar about half way with moonshine. Add ⅓ of the grenadine to each jar and top with sprite.
Place the lids on the mason jars and allow to stand for about 8 to 10 hours until the Jolly Ranchers have melted.
Shake and enjoy!
One of the best parts about this recipe is the ability to tailor it to your specific tastes by trying different flavors. This recipe is simple to make and requires no additional cooking or distillation. With such little prep time and minimal ingredients, it is easy to make a few batches of different flavors which makes for a fun (and dangerous) party cocktail. You could try throwing a bunch of different flavored jolly ranchers into one batch. I think it will either turn out as sweet and sticky heaven, or some weird overload of explosion in your mouth. You can also stick to a single flavor in each jar and use different flavored syrups in each.
- Green apple Jolly Ranchers substitute green apple syrup for grenadine.
- Blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers substitute blue raspberry syrup for grenadine.
Some fruit flavored syrups can be pricey to purchase. Feel free to substitute with a flavored juice, like Kool-Aid for a budget-friendly version of this cocktail. Of course Jolly Ranchers can also be substituted for any hard candy that floats your boat. Combining flavors and trying different candy combinations is just one way to make these fun cocktails your own!
Ready for Something New and Different?
While many may believe that moonshine is only for those who are into harsh liquors, there are many different ways to turn spirits made at home into cocktails for any occasion. Moonshining isn’t just about making white whiskey, at How to Moonshine we have guides on how to make rye whiskey, bourbon, absinthe and more. If you are happy with sticking to your traditional moonshine recipe but want to punch up the flavor, there are still lots of options (like the Jolly Rancher Moonshine) to make your traditional moonshine into something new. Check out our recipes here and learn all the many different ways to make your own sweet (and dangerous) cocktails at home.