Candyland Cocktail

Staff Writer
Candyland Cocktail
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. 

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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
  • 2 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.

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