Back in our schoolhouse days, we got our sugar buzz on with things like neon-hued popsicles, crumbly cookies and day-glo candies. While a simple sugar buzz doesn’t cut it anymore, we still like the occasional dessert-tail that harkens back to some of our favorite childhood sweets. Here, the best sugary cocktails to take you back to the good old days.
10 Candy Cocktails to Make You Feel Young Again
Gushers are near-perfect lunchroom candies. They come in an environmentally unfriendly but oh-so-satisfying rippable package, taste way more like sugar than real fruit, and are delightfully squishy and sticky. Oh yeah, and they explode. This Sour based on the gummy candy is best garnished with the candy itself, skewered like Martini olives, giving it the outward appearance of an adult beverage, with all the explosive candy taste inside.
Strawberry oleo saccharum
There’s a delicate balance between a sweet drink that makes you feel young again and one that ends in a root canal. The Supercall take on the Chocolate Martini is definitely in the former camp. Made with a homemade chocolate liqueur, raspberry liqueur and amaro, it’s just a tad elegant, but it doesn’t lose sight of the original drink’s youthful vigor.
Haughty chocolate snobs might pooh-pooh white chocolate for its basic sugary taste, but we stand behind its brightly sweet flavor. If there’s one time of year when white cocoa fans get their way it’s the holidays—and no one can argue with the pairing of snowy white chocolate with peppermint. If white chocolate or Junior Mints were your poison of choice back in the day, this Christmastime Grasshopper variation is for you.
White Chocolate Liqueur
Nothing can make you feel young and festive quite like rosé. The pink, summer ambrosia awakens a playful spirit in even the most hardened drinker. Feel the gruff years of adulthood wash away as you sip this ebullient rosé and strawberry ice cream float. You look younger already.
Much like childhood itself, Girl Scout Cookies are fleeting. One spring weekend, the sidewalks are dotted with little, sash-festooned saleswomen, and the next weekend they’re gone, taking their bounty of cookies with them. This cocktail, an ode to the peanut buttery Tagalong, is a savior when cookie supplies run low.
Peanut butter whipped cream
Pop Rocks aren’t just tasty; they’re a sensory roller coaster. While you may have grown out of the candy itself, no one outgrows the joy of fizz. Prosecco in any context offers the same bubbly delight in an adult package, but combining the sparkling wine with Pop Rocks in a vibrant blue cocktail gives you the best of every age, all in one sip.
Tropical Punch Pop Rocks
Half the fun of eating Oreos is deconstructing them. These Oreo Jello shots swap out the creamy filling for an equally creamy but much boozier jello disk spiked with condensed milk and vodka. What you do with the filling you remove is up to you, but eating it straight with a spoon seems like a pretty smart move.
Thin Mints have always been the best Girl Scout Cookie. Milkshakes have always been the best way to eat ice cream. Put the two together—with vodka and Fernet Branca Menta—and you have yourself the one boozy dessert to rule them all.
vanilla ice cream
When was the last time you even had root beer? While other sodas like Coke and Jarritos are regularly incorporated into cocktails, root beer is rarely stocked behind a bar. But it turns out Jägermeister and root beer are a combo we should have been drinking all along. Just try this Jäger-spiked root beer float and see for yourself.
vanilla ice cream
Red wine, chocolate and cream cheese frosting come together in a comforting mug of cocoa that tastes like it came straight from a cupcake pan. It’s everything we love plus everything else we love. Consider this your new birthday cake.