Jolly Rancher Flavored Lemonade Recipe

I love the intense flavors of Jolly Rancher candies and have used them to infuse vodka for years. Now I make Jolly Rancher Flavored Lemonade. Pretty colors!

With so many flavors you’ll have a summer’s worth of fun creating new flavors.  This is a fun recipe for kids to customize.

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JOLLY RANCHER Flavored Lemonade

Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kelly DiMascio
This is a great summer treat and a fun project for kids. Add JOLLY RANCHER candies to your lemonade to create refreshing new flavors.


  • JOLLY RANCHER Original Hard Candies


  • 1 3/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice Approx. 7 lemons
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 to 6 cups cold water


To Make Lemonade:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 at about 4 to 6 cups cold water.

  3. 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.

  4. *The lemonade will be tart to taste the candies will add additional sweetness.

Quick Jolly Rancher Flavor Method:

  1. Unwrap the desired number of candies.
  2. Place candies in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup with just enough lemonade to cover candies.

  3. 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.

  4. Add to cold lemonade and serve over ice. Or chill for later.

    If chilling for later you may want to reduce the lemon juice by 1/4 cup.

  5. Note:  You can make individual glasses of Jolly Rancher Lemonade so each glass can be customized or you can make a pitcher of 1 flavor.

Slow Jolly Rancher Flavor Method:

  1. Add Jolly Rancher Candies to and let sit for several hours until candy is dissolved.

  2. Make Lemonade as directed but reduce the lemon juice from 1 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups.

Recipe Notes

If you are using premade lemonade add additional fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste to offset the additional sweetness of the Jolly Rancher Candies.

If using a different lemonade recipe you may want to reduce the amount of sugar to offset the sweetness of the candies.



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