10 Over-The-Top Candy Crafted Cocktails
Because kids shouldn't have all the fun.
The next time you sidle up to the bar, ask for a little kid-type fun with your adult beverage. There's no reason you can't enjoy a chocolatey candy bar or a few gummies with your drink--though you might get carded.
1: Don’t worry. Those gummy bears hanging out over your Drunky Bear cocktail aren't thirsty, so you'll have plenty of this splashy cocktail for yourself. Made with Don Q Coco rum, Passoa and passionfruit and lime juices, it's served at W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, just off the coast of Puerto Rico.
2: Order My Huckleberry Friend at The Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court New Orleans. This Tiffany-blue drink was inspired by the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme song, Moon River, and its fictional, Tiffany's-obsessed heroine, Holly Golightly. To prepare your own, shake together 3/4 ounce each of gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc and blue curacao. Pour into a chilled glass, top off with champagne, and garnish with a candy swizzle stick. Holly would say it's divine. (Recipe courtesy of The Cocktail Bar at the Windsor Court New Orleans.)
3: Sip a Big Easy Melon ‘Tini when you’re in Louisiana's Big Easy. The Public Belt Lounge, located on the second floor of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, combines vodka, Cointreau, fresh watermelon juice and lime juice in a chilled martini glass. Multi-colored candies add a sweet finish.
4: The new Palm Beach Storm just blew in to the Galley restaurant at the Hilton West Palm Beach. Cotton candy is added to a Tom Collins glass along with dry ice. When dark rum is poured in, the storm starts to "blow." The mix is then layered with lime juice and ginger beer, and finished with bright pink and blue cotton candy toppings that echo the blue waters and rosy sunsets of South Florida.
5: When you’re staying at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare, ask for a Limoncello Berry Martini. It's a refreshing concotion made from Absolut Citron, Limoncello, sour mix and strawberries. Fresh strawberry slices bob on the top; the rim is dipped in lemon sugar and garnished with gummy strawberries.
6: After you’ve taken a dip in the blue Atlantic, sip a blue Tipsy Turtle. You'll find it at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar. The Key lime sugar on the rim is meant to remind you of the private, sandy beach just outside, the largest in South Florida. The gummy turtle garnish stands in for the local sea turtles, and a dollar from the proceeds of cocktail sales go to help the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund. But if you’re not in town to buy one, make your own with 1 and 1/2-oz. of Blue Curacao, 1/2-oz. of Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, 1/2-oz. of Parrot Bay Key Lime rum, and 4-oz. of pineapple juice. Dip the rim in the juice and then in the Key lime sugar, and add the gummy turtles. (Recipe courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa - Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar.)
7: Singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes wants to know if you like Pina coladas. If you do, try a Whenever Melon for a twist on this tropical classic. This frozen cocktail is served at W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, and made with Don Q Cristal, Midori, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice and grenadine. Sour melon gummies on a swizzle stick stand in for real watermelons.
8: A Fish Called Avalon, a trendy seafood restaurant in South Beach, Florida, is known for its signature Lollipop Mojito. It’s made with Bacardi rum and topped with a house-crafted lollipop made from mint, lime and simple syrup. For a sweet finish, even the lollipop stick is made from sugar cane. Consider this adult beverage a fun spin on the Cuban classic.
9: Candy-inspired cocktails can't leave out something for the chocolate lovers, so have an AlSol Mudslide at AlSol Hotels & Resorts in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. The Mudslide's rich flavor comes from Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, vodka and Frangelico. Swirls of chocolate syrup and sprinkles decorate the glass, which can be garnished with a chocolate stirring stick or a chocolate candy bar. Try it blended or frozen.
10: An enormous, coal-fired oven gives (kol), a restaurant in Rapid City, South Dakota, its unusual name and spelling. The oven is visible behind the exhibition-style kitchen, so while you watch it heat up to a searing 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, order an almost unbearably cute Honey Bear Bees Knees cocktail. It’s crafted from gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and, of course, sweet honey. Not enough fun cocktails to try? We'll add one more, also at kol. The Magic Mojito is another signature favorite featuring rum, mint and lime juice. It’s served in a carafe and poured through a luscious cloud of cotton candy.