Grape JOLLY RANCHER Hard Lemonade
- 12 Grape JOLLY RANCHER Original Hard Candies
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- 1 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice - Approx. 7 lemons
- 1 cup water
- 5 cups Water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Prepare simple syrup using 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Allow simple syrup to cool, and then refrigerate. **If you don't have time to cool the simple syrup just combine sugar and water in a clean jar with a lid and shake until the sugar is dissolved.
- Juice the lemons (you want about 1 3/4 cups of lemon juice). Strain the juice if you would like pulp-free lemonade.
- Combine lemon juice and simple syrup then dilute with cold water until the desired flavor is reached, generally about 4 to 6 cups cold water.
- *The lemonade will be tart to taste the candies will add additional sweetness.
Quick Jolly Rancher Flavor Method:
- Unwrap the desired number of candies.
- Place candies in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup with just enough lemonade to cover candies.
- Microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes; stir. If candies are not completely dissolved continue microwaving 30 seconds at a time stirring after each interval, until candies are dissolved when stirred.
- Add dissolved candy to cold lemonade and vodka serve over ice. Or chill for later.If chilling for later you may want to reduce the lemon juice by 1/4 cup.
Slow Jolly Rancher Flavor Method:
- Add 12 candies to vodka in a clean jar that can be sealed and allow it to sit for several hours until candy is dissolved.
- Make Lemonade as directed but reduce the lemon juice from 1 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups.
- Combine cold lemonade and vodka in a pitcher and add the dissolved candies.
- Stir to combine.
- Chill or serve over ice.
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