The Best Jolly Rancher Shot Recipe

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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.

Jolly rancher shots with fresh juice and ginger.

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.

Jolly Rancher shots with candied ginger.

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!

So if you’re a fan of fruity cocktails and jolly rancher candy you must try these shots! Also, try our candy corn vodka shots and pina colada jello shots!

What are Jolly Ranchers?

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.

Apple vodka, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, peach liquor.


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.

Fruit juice and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice.


Simply add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake for 20 seconds, then strain into shot glasses.

Shaking a cocktail shaker with ice and juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Jolly Rancher shot made of?

These shots are made from cranberry juice, pineapple juice, vodka, and Peach schnapps.

Can you make these ahead of time?

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.

Pouring a jolly rancher shot into a shot glass.

Jolly Rancher Shot Variations

  • Add 2 ounces of ginger juice to give these shots a spicy kick.
  • 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:

Apple Vodka

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. 

Raspberry Vodka

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.

The best jolly rancher shot with ginger.

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 them in ice shots or even jolly rancher shot glasses or a unique twist.

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:

Pool Party 

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Fourth of July

Halloween Party

Pink shots with ginger.

More Vodka Cocktails You’ll Love

If you’re looking for more easy recipes, try these!

Vodka Soda – An easy vodka drink made with soda water, vodka, and floral ice cubes.

Vodka Cranberry – This is an easy cocktail to make with just two ingredients.

Apple Juice and Vodka – Another easy cocktail recipe using infused lavender vodka.

Vodka and Orange Juice – A fruity cocktail that’s perfect for brunch.

Blueberry Moscow Mule – A fruity and delicious mule recipe with ginger and vodka. Also, try our Tokyo mule recipe.

Dirty Martini – An extra dirty martini recipe is perfect to serve all year!

Looking for more? Try our easy punch recipes for a party, great cocktail recipes our favorite brunch recipes, the best-mixed drinkstequila cocktails, gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

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jolly rancher shots on a platter

Jolly Rancher Shot

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.
4.67 from 15 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 shots
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Eden


  • 4 ounces apple vodka
  • 4 ounces peach schnapps
  • 6 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
    pouring apple vodka into a cocktail shaker
  • Shake for 20 seconds.
    shaking a cocktail shaker with ice and juice
  • Strain the cocktial into shot glasses.
    pouring a jolly rancher shot into a shot glass
  • Serve with candied ginger.
    the best jolly rancher shot with ginger



Raspberry vodka works for this recipe too. 
Sugar the rim for a sweeter flavor.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “The Best Jolly Rancher Shot Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    These shots were such a fun, yummy addition to our cul-de-sac game night last night. And everyone thought they really tasted like Jolly Ranchers!


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