Candyland Cocktail

Candyland Cocktail
Staff Writer

Courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema

The Candyland cocktail.

Despite the name, the Candyland cocktail isn't so sugary sweet and naive — it's actually inspired by this year's Oscar-nominated film, Django Unchained. Said Jen Marshall, who made the cocktail for Nitehawk Cinema, the drink is named after Leonardo DiCaprio's character's plantation in the film. "It's a a good, classic Southern drink," she says. 

Ingredients

For the drink

  • 1 1/2  Ounce  Benchmark Bourbon
  • 3/4  Ounces  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  Ounce  Crème de Mure (blackberry liqueur)
  • 1/4  Ounce  cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1/4  Ounce  mint simple syrup
  • Splash of grapefruit juice

For the cinnamon simple syrup

  • 1  Cup  sugar
  • 1  Cup  water
  • cinnamon sticks

For the mint simple syrup

  • 1  Cup  water
  • 1  Cup  sugar

Directions

For the drink

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled pint glass. Shake well and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass.

For the cinnamon simple syrup

Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Add the cinnamon, and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Will keep in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

For the mint simple syrup

Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Add the mint, and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Will keep in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
58g
83%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
19g
79%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
169g
100%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
260µg
37%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
163mg
16%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
32g
100%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
184µg
46%
Iron, Fe
16mg
89%
Magnesium, Mg
68mg
21%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
236mg
34%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
291mg
19%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
196g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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