The gummy bear margarita is a lot of fun and a great way to act like a kid while enjoying an adult beverage. Recreating the flavor of favorite childhood candies happens quite often in the cocktail world. This fruity margarita does that by adding Watermelon Pucker to the recipe then builds up the fruity flavor with cranberry juice and grenadine.
The recipe features a tequila infusion of kiwi and raspberry. It's a simple project and unique flavor that takes just about a week to make. If you don't want to wait, this margarita is just as delicious with your favorite blanco tequila.
The fun part about a cocktail inspired by these tiny candies is that there really are no rules or perfect ratios needed to replicate the inspiration. Gummy bears come in a variety of flavors and colors, so let your creative juices flow and mix up your own personal gummy bear margarita.
Don't forget the gummy bear garnish, though! The candy is half the fun.
- For the Raspberry-Kiwi Tequila:
- 1 750ml bottle blanco tequila
- 1 cup raspberries (rinsed)
- 1/3 cup kiwi (peeled, sliced)
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces raspberry-kiwi tequila (or blanco tequila)
- 1 ounce watermelon liqueur (Watermelon Pucker)
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce sour mix
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- Dash of grenadine
- Garnish: sugar (for rim)
- Garnish: gummy bears
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Raspberry-Kiwi Tequila
Gather the ingredients.
In an infusion jar, add the raspberries and kiwi. Fill with tequila.
Seal the jar, shake well, and store in a cool, dark place for 5 days, shaking daily.
Test the infusion to see how the flavor is developing. Infuse longer if needed, tasting it daily until it reaches your desired intensity.
Strain out the fruits and bottle the flavored tequila. Store like any other liquor.
- Use a wide-mouthed jar for the infusion to make adding and removing the fruit easier.
- Mason jars are a good choice that can be reused. A 32-ounce (1-quart) jar is the minimum size for a full bottle of tequila and the fruits.
- Because of the kiwi's tiny seeds and small raspberry pieces, you may need to strain this infusion through a fine-mesh strainer. You can also strain it a few times or use cheesecloth to remove all the fruity bits.
Make the Gummy Bear Margarita
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, watermelon liqueur, triple sec, sour mix, cranberry juice, and grenadine.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Serve and enjoy!
- This margarita can be served up without ice or blended with 1 cup of ice.
- If you choose to use the non-flavored tequila option, consider bringing back the kiwi and raspberry flavors with additional ingredients. For instance, you can use a raspberry liqueur or syrup in place of the grenadine or split it with the cranberry juice. To add kiwi, muddle a few slices of the fruit with the sour mix before shaking everything together.
- As an alternative to Watermelon Pucker, try another melon-flavored liqueur. Midori is a great choice and there are similar options from brands like Bols.
How Strong Is a Gummy Bear Margarita?
This margarita is lighter than many recipes and just slightly stronger than a glass of wine. On average, its alcohol content should fall around 16 percent ABV (32 proof).