The Candy Girl cocktail is an easy drink to make. It presents beautifully and tastes wonderful. The flavor is like summer in a glass; strawberry fruit with just a hint of citrus and a bit of fizz at the nose. The Candy Girl cocktail would be an excellent drink to include in your summer entertaining plans. The base drink could be multiplied to pitcher size for quick use at party time.
Candy Girl Cocktail Recipe
Candy Girl – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
2 ounces Bacardi Dragon Berry Strawberry Rum
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 to 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup – according to preference
1-1/2 ounce Ginger Ale
2 Fresh Strawberries – quartered
2 Fresh Lime Slices
Dress the glass
Swirl lime slice around lip of large rocks glass. Dip lip into sugar to frost the rim. Place layer of ice in glass. Add lime slice and a few fresh strawberry slices. Top with another layer of ice. Add another layer of lime and strawberry slices. Add one more layer of ice and remaining strawberries.
Make your drink
Place strawberry rum, lime juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into prepared glass. Top with ginger ale. Stir gently
How the Candy Girl Cocktail Got Its Name
The name might say candy, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the sweetness of the drink.
During the creation process I write notes in the margin of my recipe book. Sometimes the notes relate to tasting. It might have to do with specific brands and why their flavor profile is a good match to the recipe. In the case of the Candy Girl cocktail it was about a song my oldest daughter mentioned earlier in the day. As I mixed and sipped, the song “Sugar, Sugar” kept playing in my head. “Sugar, Sugar” topped the charts in 1969. It was a one hit single by fictional characters The Archies, written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, produced by Jeff Barry.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.