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From lavender and charcoal to liquid nitrogen and even saline solution, bartenders seem to incorporate just about anything into craft cocktails these days. So it’s no surprise that the spun carnival favourite, Candy Floss, has made its way into a glass. 

This Candy Floss recipe is magical to make, as the cotton candy does a disappearing act right before your eyes. Plus, it’s tasty, too.

Vodka, rosé and sparkling wine are stirred, not shaken, in a cocktail shaker. And as soon as you pour this chilled mix over the cotton candy, it dissolves and vanishes, sweetening the cocktail. If your candy floss is pink, it’ll turn the drink a hot-pink almost-red colour. You can change the colour of the Candy Floss to match the theme of your party. The colour doesn’t affect the taste; it’s just for the presentation. 

This Candy Floss cocktail is great for not just Valentine’s Day but also bridal or baby showers, weddings or even just a simple brunch. For kids’ parties, just use lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water in place of the booze. And prepare to watch their little jaws drop.


1 lemon or lime wedge

Pink sanding sugar 

2 strawberries

Candy Floss, two handfuls (use pink to get colour shown)

⅓ cup vodka

⅔ cup rosé wine

⅔ cup champagne


Sprinkle some sanding sugar on a plate. Rub the rims of two martini glasses with a lemon or lime wedge to moisten. Dip moistened rims into sanding sugar until evenly coated. Set aside.

To fan cut strawberries, cut four to five thin slices lengthwise through the strawberry, leaving slices attached just below the stem end. Slightly fan the slices apart and set aside.

Separate the Candy Floss into two handfuls. Spread open each one and place fanned strawberry inside, then lightly seal back up in the shape of a ball. Place them into prepared martini glasses. (Be sure your hands and martini glasses are completely dry when touching the Candy Floss. Any moisture will melt it.)

In a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, pour in the vodka, rosé and champagne. Using a long handled spoon, gently stir to chill and mix the alcohol. (Do not shake drink with lid on, as this will release carbonation and lid will pop off.) Put on shaker lid and strain over cotton candy. Watch as it dissolves and strawberry floats to top! 

Serve and Enjoy !

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