Tootsie Roll Cocktail Recipe

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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 Tootsie Roll cocktail is a delicious and fun drink that is inspired by the classic American candy, the Tootsie Roll. This cocktail is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and is often enjoyed at parties and celebrations. The Tootsie Roll cocktail is believed to have been created in the 1970s, during a time when candy-inspired cocktails were gaining popularity.

How Tootsie Roll Tastes?

The Tootsie Roll cocktail is sweet, rich, and chocolatey, with a hint of citrus from the orange liqueur. It has a smooth, velvety texture that is reminiscent of the candy it is named after. The cocktail is well-balanced, with the sweetness being offset by the slight bitterness of the cocoa and the tanginess of the orange.

Interesting facts about Tootsie Roll

  • The Tootsie Roll cocktail is named after the Tootsie Roll candy, which was first created in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield.
  • The Tootsie Roll candy is one of the oldest and most popular candies in the United States.
  • The Tootsie Roll cocktail is often served as a dessert drink, due to its sweet and indulgent flavor profile.


A few good options for Tootsie Roll are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The 1 oz of Vodka is the neutral backbone of this cocktail, giving it the desired kick without overpowering the other flavors. Use too much and you'll be on a fast train to tipsy town, overshadowing the delicate balance. Too little, and you won't feel the warmth of the cocktail.

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Orange Liqueur

At 0.5 oz of Orange Liqueur, it brings a citrusy zest and sweetness that mingles perfectly with the chocolate; think of it as a fruit basket in a chocolate pool. Splash too much, and your chocolate dream turns into a citrus overload. Not enough, and it's a 'Where's Waldo?' citrus edition.

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Chocolate Liqueur

0.5 oz of Chocolate Liqueur deepens the chocolate intensity, really earning the 'Tootsie Roll' moniker. Less liqueur, and you're missing the chocolaty hug; too much, and it's less a cocktail, more a candy jar.

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Cocoa Powder

Just 1 tsp of Cocoa Powder adds that roasted, rich chocolate flavor. Miss it out, and the cocktail lacks depth; like a brownie without chocolate chips – why bother?

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Chocolate Syrup

1 tbsp of Chocolate Syrup sweetens the deal, ensuring a smooth, dessert-like quality. Skip it, and it's goodbye sweet caress; too much, and hello sugar rush!

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Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes are necessary to chill and dilute, making the cocktail sippable rather than a syrupy slog. No ice, and you’re playing with fire – or rather, warm vodka.

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Orange Twist

The Orange Twist serves as an aromatic garnish that teases the nose and bespeaks elegance. Forget it, and your cocktail loses its olfactory orchestra conductor.

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Garnish: Tootsie Roll candy

Finally, the Tootsie Roll candy. Because who wouldn't want to sip a cocktail that looks as playful as it tastes?

As possible alternatives, you could use a caramel vodka for an added layer of sweetness, or a dash of orange bitters to accentuate the citrus notes. Switching the vodka for a spiced rum could also give this Tootsie Roll a warm, festive twist.

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Recipe. How to make Tootsie Roll Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, orange liqueur, chocolate liqueur, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup.
  2. Add ice cubes to the shaker, enough to fill it halfway.
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until well-chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and a Tootsie Roll candy.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use a high-quality chocolate liqueur for a richer, more decadent flavor.
  • Chill the martini glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Chocolate Desserts

Pair this Tootsie Roll cocktail with various chocolate desserts such as brownies or chocolate lava cake. The rich cocoa flavors in the cocktail compliment the dense, sweet characteristics of chocolate-based treats.

Citrus-Infused Dishes

The cocktail's orange liqueur component pairs nicely with citrus-infused dishes, enhancing the tart undertones. Try it with an orange-glazed chicken or a citrusy salad.


Enjoy this cocktail alongside a warm cup of coffee. The bitter notes of the coffee balance the cocktail's sweetness, making for a sophisticated palate experience.

Cheese Platter

Serve with a cheese platter featuring smoked gouda or brie. The creaminess of the cheese contrasts well with the cocktail's chocolate and citrus notes.

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What you could change in Tootsie Roll

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with white rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange Liqueur: If not available, you can use orange juice, but it may alter the taste.
  • Chocolate Liqueur: Can be replaced with a chocolate syrup, but the alcohol content will be reduced.

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Mint Chocolate Tootsie Roll

Swap the vodka for white crème de menthe, and add a mint leaf garnish. The mint will offer a refreshing counterpoint to the chocolate, making the drink resemble a liquid peppermint patty.

  • Ingredients: Replace vodka with 1 oz white crème de menthe; garnish with a mint leaf.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting vodka with white crème de menthe. After shaking and straining, garnish with a fresh mint leaf instead of an orange twist.
  • Flavor: The mint adds a fresh, cooling sensation, perfect for after-dinner sipping.

Caramel Tootsie Roll

Infuse caramel flavor by using caramel vodka and a caramel drizzle inside the martini glass.

  • Ingredients: Replace vodka with 1 oz caramel vodka; add a caramel drizzle.
  • Recipe: Use caramel vodka in place of the original, and prepare the glass with a swirl of caramel before pouring the cocktail.
  • Flavor: Adds a buttery caramel note, which enriches the overall sweetness and complements the chocolate.

Spicy Tootsie Roll

Add a small pinch of cayenne pepper to the cocoa powder — it will lend a subtle heat that tantalizes the taste buds and contrasts with the sweet chocolate.

  • Ingredients: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the cocoa powder.
  • Recipe: Include the cayenne pepper with the cocoa powder during shaking.
  • Flavor: The spice brings a warm and exotic dimension, turning the drink into a sweet but fiery experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tootsie Roll

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Tootsie Roll

What type of vodka is best for making a Tootsie Roll cocktail?

While the Tootsie Roll cocktail will work with any type of vodka, choosing a high-quality vodka can enhance the overall flavor of the drink.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Tootsie Roll cocktail?

Yes, by replacing vodka with non-alcoholic substitutes like sparkling water or a simple club soda, and using non-alcoholic chocolate and orange liqueurs, you could still enjoy the flavors of a Tootsie Roll cocktail.

Is there a recommended time of the day to enjoy Tootsie Roll cocktail?

The Tootsie Roll cocktail, with its sweet and indulgent flavor profile, makes it a perfect after-dinner or dessert drink.

Is Tootsie Roll a popular cocktail worldwide?

As the Tootsie Roll cocktail is themed around the American Tootsie Roll candy, it’s particularly popular in the United States. However, its unique sweet and rich flavor has made it beloved by people globally.

How can I measure the amount of each ingredient without a measuring cup?

For such scenarios, you can use a common kitchen spoon. Remember, a teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your finger and a tablespoon (tbsp) is about the size of your entire thumb.

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