Candyland Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Candyland Cocktail is a delightful concoction that was first created in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. It was designed to capture the essence of the famous board game, Candyland, with its vibrant colors and sweet flavors. This cocktail is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a love for fun, playful drinks.

  • Created: Las Vegas
  • Loved by: Sweet tooth enthusiasts, party-goers

How Candyland Cocktail Tastes?

The Candyland Cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and vibrant drink. It has a refreshing, tangy twist from the pineapple juice, balanced by the sweetness of the grenadine and the creaminess of the coconut cream. The rum adds a subtle kick, making it a fun and exciting cocktail.

Interesting facts about Candyland Cocktail

  • The Candyland Cocktail was inspired by the popular children's board game, Candyland.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it contains rum, making it a cocktail that packs a punch.
  • Its vibrant color makes it a popular choice for themed parties and events.


White Rum

White rum is the spirit base of our Candyland Cocktail, providing a smooth yet slightly sweet backbone. Too much rum, and you'll overpower the other flavors; too little, and the drink lacks character. If you skip it - well, you'd miss the cocktail boat entirely! Alternative: Try substituting with vodka for a more neutral taste or a spiced rum for an exotic twist.

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Pineapple Juice

Juicy gossip: pineapple juice brings tropical vibes to the table. It's our fruity sweet-talker that rounds out the harsh edges of the rum. Omitting it is like skipping the beach on a sunny day - just why? Alternative: Mango nectar could play a good understudy if pineapple isn't your lead.

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Coconut Cream

The creaminess gives this liquid dream its lush body. Coconut cream whispers 'vacation in a glass' and balances the acidity from the juice. Without it, your cocktail might just be another island castaway. Alternative: For a dairy twist, swap out coconut cream with heavy cream, but you'll lose the tropical notes.

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Grenadine is like the cherry on top... or in this case, the bottom. It's our sweet little secret that adds a pop of color and a layer of sweetness. Forget it, and your Candyland loses its whimsy. Alternative: If grenadine's too mainstream for you, a splash of cherry or pomegranate juice could also tickle your fancy.

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Maraschino Cherry

A cherry garnish isn't just eye candy; it's a sweet nibble that promises more than just looks. If omitted, it's just a pretty face without a cherry personality. Alternative: If cherries are not your thing, try a pineapple wedge for an extra tropical touch.

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Orange Slice

An orange slice garnish isn't just for the 'gram. It's a citrusy teaser that hints at the flavors inside. No orange slice? Your glass might feel underdressed. Alternative: A lime wheel can add a different tangy twist.

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Recipe. How to make Candyland Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and grenadine to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more refreshing taste.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Chill the glass beforehand for a colder cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Tropical & Sweet Desserts

Pair the Candyland Cocktail with desserts that complement its sweet and fruity tropical profile. Think of light cakes, fruit tarts, or even creamy desserts.

Spicy Bar Snacks

The sweetness of the Candyland Cocktail can balance out the heat from spicy snacks like jalapeño poppers or buffalo wings.

Asian Cuisines

This cocktail goes well with Asian dishes, particularly those that have a sweet and sour element to them, such as Thai or Filipino cuisine.

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What you could change in Candyland Cocktail

  • Rum: Can be substituted with vodka for a lighter taste.
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be substituted with orange juice.
  • Coconut Cream: Can be substituted with coconut milk for a less creamy texture.

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Tropical Breeze

Replace the white rum with coconut rum and add 0.5 oz of blue curaçao. You'll get a breezy blue hue that'll make waves in your glass. The coconut rum will give an extra sunscreen kick, while the curaçao adds a hint of citrus mystery. It's a beach party in a cocktail shaker, and you're the guest of honor!

Candyland on the Rocks

Pour all the ingredients into a glass filled with crushed ice instead of shaking. Top it with a splash of club soda for a fizzy adventure. It's a bubbly treasure hunt, with a flavor jackpot at the end!

Spicy Candyland

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker with the rum. The spice will flirt with the sweet like a reality TV love story. Warning: Might cause spontaneous salsa dancing.

In case you forgot basics how to make Candyland Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Candyland Cocktail

What is the origin of the name 'Candyland' for this cocktail?

The cocktail is named after the popular children's board game 'Candyland' because of its vibrant colors and sweet flavor profile, it was meant to capture the essence of the game.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for rum in the Candyland cocktail?

Yes, you may substitute the rum with a non-alcoholic white grape juice or apple juice, though this might alter the intended flavor of the cocktail.

Can I use other types of rum for this cocktail?

Yes, you can experiment with other types of rum, such as spiced rum or dark rum, depending on your personal preference.

What other fruity and cream based cocktails can you recommend?

The Piña Colada, which also uses pineapple juice and cream of coconut, and the Strawberry Daiquiri are some other fruity and cream-based cocktails.

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