How to Make a Cotton Candy Martini

By Christina Kalinowski

A tribute to summer carnivals in a cocktail glass, the cotton candy martini is a sweet adult treat. The flavor of this beloved childhood candy can be replicated by creatively combining a few key ingredients with a real piece of cotton candy or with the use of cotton candy flavored vodka. Create a clever garnish by gently wrapping a strand of cotton candy around a cocktail pick to mimic cotton candy on a stick.

Cotton Candy Martini
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Use a pink cotton candy garnish to complement the red hue of the martini.

With Cotton Candy

Step 1

Combine two parts vodka with one part raspberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add a splash of grenadine and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Step 2

Shake vigorously until chilled.

Step 3

Put a piece of cotton candy in a martini glass. Strain the chilled cocktail over the cotton candy, making sure it dissolves. Top with a splash of chilled Prosecco.

With Cotton Candy Vodka

Step 4

Combine two parts cotton candy vodka with one part pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Step 5

Shake vigorously until chilled.

Step 6

Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a piece of cotton candy.