This is the best Jolly Rancher shot recipe! We’ve turned our most popular cocktail, Jolly Rancher Punch, into another delicious drink, a shot! This shot is not an overly sweet, sugary shot.
It’s made with apple vodka and pure juice. So, if you’re looking for a fun shot recipe inspired by the colorful Jolly Rancher, these are for you! You will also love our Gummy Bear shots, lemon drop shots, green tea shots, and birthday cake shot recipe!
These fun shots are great for parties! They’re fun to make and have a fresh fruity flavor. They taste like hard jolly rancher candies but less sweet.
This is an easy recipe to make and the best tasting too! They’re always a huge hit with party guests when served on a platter with classic jolly ranchers!
What are Jolly Ranchers?
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Jolly ranchers are hard candies with fruity flavors like watermelon and green apple. They were invented in 1949 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen of Golden, Colorado. The fun name was chosen to let consumers know they were a friendly, western company.
How to Make a Jolly Rancher Shot
Here’s everything you need to make these fun shots!
Cocktail Jigger – This is used to measure the ingredients.
Cocktail Shaker – To shake and mix the ingredients.
Shot Glasses – Standard shot glasses work perfectly for this recipe.
Full recipe in the recipe card below.
Cranberry Juice – The liquid juice made from cranberries. Use 100% cranberry juice that is sweetened. Unsweetened juice is too tart.
Pineapple Juice – Use pure, organic pineapple juice made 100% from pineapples.
Apple Vodka – Apple vodka gives the shots a jolly rancher flavor. A green apple vodka is perfect for this recipe.
Peach Schnapps – A type of liqueur made by adding peach flavoring to a spirit.
Simply add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake for 20 seconds, then strain into shot glasses.
Frequently Asked Questions
These shots are made from cranberry juice, pineapple juice, vodka, and Peach schnapps.
You can make these ahead of time. Measure all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Before adding ice, keep the shaker in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use. When you’re ready to serve, add the ice and shake. Then strain into shot glasses.
Jolly Rancher Shot Variations
- Add 2 ounces of ginger juice to give these shots a spicy kick.
- Use jolly rancher flavored vodka instead of apple vodka.
- Raspberry vodka will work to make jolly rancher shots too.
Flavored Vodka for Jolly Rancher Shots
You can use different flavors of vodka to make this delicious cocktail. Try any of these vodka flavors:
Green apple vodka has a sweet taste with a little tartness. It’s infused with crisp granny smith apple and has a smooth sweet finish.
If you prefer a raspberry flavor, try raspberry vodka. It’s infused with natural raspberry flavor for a tart and fruity finish.
Jolly Rancher Infused Vodka
Infuse vodka with jolly rancher candies to use for this recipe. Unwrap 15 jolly rancher candies. Then place candies into the bottle of vodka and let it sit for 24 hours.
The candies will break down and leave you with flavorful vodka! Make different flavors by using different jolly ranchers.
How to Serve Jolly Rancher Shots
Serve these shots in small glass shot glasses. Here are a few of our favorite shot glasses:
Sugar the rim for a pretty presentation.
Serve these shots with a small piece of candied ginger. The ginger is a nice touch to chew once the shot is taken. It adds a fresh flavor and a little kick.
When to Serve Jolly Rancher Shots
This recipe is great to serve year-round, especially as a summer cocktail! Serve this jolly rancher drink recipe at any of these parties:
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Dirty Martini – An extra dirty martini recipe is perfect to serve all year!
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Let us know what you think!
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Jolly Rancher Shot
- 4 ounces apple vodka
- 4 ounces peach schnapps
- 6 ounces cranberry juice
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
- Shake for 20 seconds.
- Strain the cocktial into shot glasses.
- Serve with candied ginger.