What kid doesn't like cotton candy? Well, I didn't as a kid, but now being a mom, I know that the majority of kids LOVE cotton candy.
That's why when we were creating our Rainbow Party we had to include a fun mocktail for the kids and we knew they would get excited about cotton candy in their drink.
This mocktail is a great addition for a kid's birthday, unicorn party or just a fun summer afternoon.
Here's what you're going to need for your Super Easy Cotton Candy Mocktails:
Serves: 4-6 servings
- 1 bag or tub of Cotton Candy
- 750 ml Sparkling Pink Lemonade
- 4-6 pieces of Rainbow Candy
- Sanding Sugar/Crystal Sugar in Rainbow colors (we used hot pink, yellow, green, light blue, and purple); you can usually find this in the cake decorating section
- 4-6 glasses
- 1 side plate
- 1 bowl filled with about an 1" of water (the bowl must be large enough to dip the rim of your glass into)
- 4-6 bamboo sticks or drink picks (this will be for your Rainbow candy)
(STEPS 1 - 3 can be done pre-party)
The first step is to take your colored sugar and arrange it in a circle on the side plate.
The circle of sugar should be about the same width of your glass rim.
Arrange the sugar in rainbow order and about 1/4" deep to get enough coverage on your rim.
Dip your glass into the bowl of water to get about 1/4" of the rim wet so that the sugar will stick to the rim and give you a glass that looks like this:
Now you can start weaving your rainbow candy onto your bamboo skewer or pick. We used a sour rainbow candy and weaved it onto a bamboo skewer.
The next step is to take a loose clump of cotton candy and put it into the glass, being careful not to touch the sugared rim. Try to get a large enough clump that you have some of the cotton candy coming out of the top of the glass.
When you are pulling a clump of cotton candy from your bag or tub, gently stretch it out as it will make the cotton candy look like a loose cloud.
You will want to add your cotton candy about 5-10 minutes before you're ready to pour the drinks because the cotton candy will start to shrink once it's exposed to the air.
Also, you want to handle the cotton candy as little as possible.
Now it's time to add your candy skewer for some extra flair. We gently rested it against the side of the glass.
When the kids saw these cotton candy mocktails sitting on the table they couldn't wait to get their hands on them...what they didn't know, was that there was more to come...
Make sure you gather all of the kids around so they can watch the magic.
Slowly start pouring the sparkling pink lemonade and watch the cotton candy disappear, while the drinks sparkle to life!
Ta Da! Cotton Candy Mocktails!
The kids loved the taste of the sparkling lemonade with the cotton candy...and so did some of the parents.
As an added bonus for the kids you can add a cotton candy skewer to the drink once the lemonade is poured so they still get to pop some cotton candy in their mouth. The best of both worlds.
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