Jolly Rancher drinks typically combine two parts vodka with one part melon liqueur and a splash of cranberry juice. It can be served as a shot, on the rocks or up.
The Jolly Rancher is a popular drink that derives its name from the similarly-flavored candy of the same name. Preparation is simple and involves the use of only three ingredients. If preparing only one drink, combine 2 ounces of vodka with 1 ounce of melon liqueur in a clean mixing tin. A good choice of a melon liqueur is Midori. Add a splash of cranberry juice, and fill the tin 2/3 full of ice. Cap the mixing tin with a mixing glass or lid, and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Pour as a shot, over ice, or strain to serve up.
If preparing multiple drinks simultaneously, maintain the same proportions and multiply ingredients by the number of drinks you want. As this drink does not contain fresh citrus juice or any perishable ingredients, you can prepare it as much as three days in advance.
Infusing vodka with actual Jolly Ranchers enhances this drink. To infuse vodka, combine approximately 12 Jolly Rancher candies of the same flavor with 1 liter of vodka. Allow the mixture to sit for eight to 12 hours. The vodka dissolves the candy resulting in brightly-colored, candy-flavored vodka. Use this as a substitution for unflavored vodka in the recipe above to achieve better color and flavor for the Jolly Rancher mixed drink.