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How to Turn Your Favorite Cocktails Into Lollipops


As a kid, little is more satisfying than candy. And when you grow up, those sugary pleasures morph into something a little more potent—cocktails. But grown-ups who still feel young at heart needn’t give up sweets entirely. Instead, combine booze with candy for the ultimate treat: cocktail-flavored lollipops. These sweet pops are not only as delightful as they sound, but they do a top-notch job of blending childhood nostalgia with the flavors of your favorite drinks.
If you’ve never made candy before, don’t worry. Though the process is a bit messy, as long as you have a few key ingredients and tools, you can easily whip up a batch at home. Here, how to lolli-fy three of the most delicious and versatile classic cocktails out there: the Margarita, Negroni and Old Fashioned.

How to Make Cocktail-Flavored Lollipops

Lollipop mold or silicone mat
Lollipop sticks
Candy thermometer
Silicone spatula
Metal spoon or glass measuring cup
Candy wrappers

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Step 1

Follow the recipe and add all ingredients for the lollipop of your choice into a saucepan. Heat ingredients until the mix reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit, monitoring the temperature with a candy thermometer.

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Step 2

Quickly spoon the lollipop liquid into the molds, or transfer to a glass measuring cup to pour into the molds.

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Step 3

Add the lollipop sticks to the mold and twirl around once to make sure the end of the stick is fully coated. Let the lollipops cool completely.

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Negronis are great over ice, as a Jello Shot or even in marmalade, so it makes sense that this delightful aperitif is equally delightful in lollipop form. This bittersweet, handheld candy goes a little lighter on the Campari and sweet vermouth than the classic cocktail, allowing the herbaceous notes of gin to shine through the sweetness. While the ruby red sipper is typically reserved for pre-dinner drinking, this version makes a great dessert.

The Essentials

sweet vermouth
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If you take your Margarita with a sugared rim, it won’t come as a surprise that the agave and lime cocktail morphs seamlessly into candied goodness. This mildly flavored cocktail pop has the earthiness of tequila, a hint of sour lime and plenty of sugar to sate your sweet tooth. Even those who worship the salt rim will find plenty of reasons to savor this Margarita lollipop.

The Essentials

lime juice
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Making an Old Fashioned lollipop is almost as easy as making the classic, three-ingredient cocktail. Only, in this case, you won’t want to add the bitters until the end: Once your lollipops are poured in the molds, use a toothpick to swirl a drop or two of Angostura bitters on the surface to create a marbled effect. It not only gives the candies a professional touch, but it will also ensure that you get a wallop of aroma and flavor with each lick. For serious impact, garnish an actual Old Fashioned with one of these pops the next time you have friends over.

The Essentials

Angostura bitters

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