21 Nov

Liquor Lollipop Bouquets {Creative Hostess Gift Idea}

homemade liquor lollipops recipe

I was trying to come up with some unique & different hostess gift ideas for the holidays recently, and remembered a cool Liquor Lollipops recipe from my copy of Sweet Confections (which is a fabulous cookbook, btw). Then it hit me… instead of giving the 2 most popular hostess gifts – flowers or a bottle of wine/liquor – it would be a fun twist to sort of combine the 2 ideas and create “bouquets” of liquor lollipops!


You can use any type of hard liquor you like (I used spiced rum for these but tequila, bourbon, etc will work too) – and the liquor flavor is very subtle, so the finished lollipops are definitely more sweet than anything else, which mean they’ll still please the palates of most anyone that deserves a sweet “thanks!”.


Now, I’m no candy making guru myself – nor did I have lollipop molds on hand – so my versions didn’t turn out perfectly round, but I ended up liking that because it kind of emphasizes the homemade quality and shows the recipient that you made some extra effort for them… so in other words they must REALLY be special. ;) Also – these lollipops were WAY faster and easier than I expected them to be, but they harden up F.A.S.T. – so my best advice is to be prepared to work quickly!

I arranged a few of the finished pops in mini vintage bottles and filled them with rice so that the pops would “blossom” out a little higher and stay put. They’re also embellished with tags from our Give Thanks Printable Party Collection, but of course this idea will work for any sort of holiday or occasion. Scroll down for the step-by-step tutorial and recipe.



{recipe via Sweet Confections}


– 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon hard liquor, such as bourbon, tequila, or rum
– 2 tablespoons cold water
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 3 tablespoons Karo® Corn Syrup
– 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/4 teaspoon food coloring of your choice (optional)


Prep: If you don’t have lollipop molds, place a silicone mat on a baking sheet to get it ready for the candy.

1. Mix together 1/4 cup of the liquor, and the water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 1- or 2-quart saucepan until all of the sugar is wet. If sugar crystals cling to the sides of the pan, dissolve them away with a wet pastry brush.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and gently with a heatproof spatula until all of the sugar is dissolved. Then boil to 300°F (149°C) without stirring.

liquor lollipop tutorial - steps 1 & 2

3. Remove from the heat, and, working quickly, mix in the remaining 1 teaspoon liquor and food coloring, if using.

liquor lollipop tutorial - step 3

4-5. Still working with haste, drop the syrup into either lollipop molds or onto a silicone mat.

liquor lollipop tutorial

If using lollipop molds, quickly drop the syrup from the tip of a large spoon into the cavities of the lollipop molds. Place a lollipop stick in the center of each disk, and twist it 180 degrees so that it’s fully covered in syrup. Let cool completely.

If using a silicone mat, quickly drop the syrup onto the silicone mat so that it forms 2-inch disks and immediately after plopping the syrup on the sheets place a lollipop stick in the center of each disk and twist it 180 degrees so that it’s fully covered in syrup. Let cool completely.

Peel the lollipops from the molds or silicone and store in an airtight container, preferably at least overnight to allow the flavors to develop, until ready to indulge.

liquor lollipops - finished pops



Recipe via Sweet Confections
Tutorial & Photos by HWTM

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Paula Martin SAYS:

What a fun idea. I will be sure to try it.

November 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Quick note – I just emptied our WordPress spam folder since it had over 500 messages in there and realized after pushing the “empty all” button that there was a long non-spam message in there related to this post. I was unable to stop the deletion process after it was initiated – my apologies to the person that wrote the comment! We usually don’t read everything in the spam folder since it fills up so quickly daily and takes a long time to click through all the pages. If you want to repost the comment I’ll keep a lookout for the it for the next few days. Thanks :)

November 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

Tonya SAYS:

Just thinking…. what about increasing the amount of alcohol (say by double) and letting it reduce by half to concentrate the flavors.. then add to the sugar and water mixture. You’d have a stronger flavour. I’ll try it and let you know how they turn out.

December 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

alyssa SAYS:

Thanks so much! Jenn said they didn’t taste very alcoholic, so we’d love to know how they turn out!

December 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

Birty SAYS:

Hey, I love this idea. Just a quick question though. Are they really alcoholic? Cooking alcohol, boiling it in particular takes away the intoxicating effect, making it nonalcoholic. So have you gotten even a little buzz from these?

December 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Shanda SAYS:

I was wondering the same thing

February 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

Casey SAYS:

made theese, and let me tell you as soon as you cook the alcohol it dissapates, I have 15 suckers, and nothing else to drink. I got nothing, not even a buzz… so i say its a cute idea..

February 20, 2013 at 7:07 am

Stephanie Petrich SAYS:

these look pretty good.

December 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Whitney SAYS:

I’m wondering if flavor could be added too? Like lime with tequila, or cranberry with vodka? In concentrated amounts, maybe instead of the water? What do you think?

December 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

alyssa SAYS:

We’d love to see you adapt the recipe! Let us know what flavors you ended up going with and how it turned out :)

December 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Alicia SAYS:

This was simple and easy!!! I used vanilla vodka, and it was a lightly flavored vanilla lollipop!! Going to try again tomorrow with some Pear Absolut and then maybe some Peach Schnapps. Thanks for the great idea!!!

December 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

michellejames SAYS:

@ Tonya have you tried your adapted version of the pops?

December 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Kristi Garlets SAYS:

Just made 2 batches…one with rum and one with tequila and they both turned out great! I added a little extra of each to intensify the flavor and it paid off! Oh…if you don't have a silicone mat I learned aluminum foil works great too :)

December 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

Erin McFadden SAYS:

how many does each batch make?

December 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

katieee SAYS:

Good idea, but does cooking them make them nonalcoholic? Or do they still have alcohol in them?

December 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

Becca Cole SAYS:

doesn't the alcohol evaporate?

December 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Leslie Wellmeyer Schoech SAYS:

Yes alcohol is gone after boiling!!

January 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

drinks101 SAYS:

As leslie said, the alcohol will be gone.
what I did was adding the alcohol after boiling the other ingredients.
that means right before dropping the syrup.
Worked for me :-)

April 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

Shannon SAYS:

Actually from the according to the Department of Agriculture, University of Idaho & Washington State University alcohol DOES NOT completely cook off.


November 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Diane O'Meara SAYS:

Can you wrap them?

December 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Heather Rebhann Failyer SAYS:

Yes, I make hard candy suckers with my mom every year. We have found it's cheaper and easier to use the small clear plastic jewelry bags that re-seal, just cut the re-seal part off, slide the sucker in, twist the bag just under the sucker, use floral tape and wrap around the base of sucker to get a nice seal to keep the sucker fresh :) …. hope that helps :)

January 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

Sharon Hahn SAYS:

Craft stores sell many sizes of candy wrappers so you don’t have to cut off the ziplocs and it will be cheaper for you.

February 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

Sean Hanson SAYS:

I make my own flavored Schnapps with Everclear which requires boiling and, trust me, it's still very alcoholic.

December 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Tanya O'Hair Hladek SAYS:

I would like your recipe please :)

December 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Sean Hanson SAYS:

Sent you a message Tanya.

December 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Heather Echols SAYS:

Recipe please?? :)

December 30, 2012 at 5:28 am

Sean Hanson SAYS:

Sent you a message Heather.

December 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Roxanna McCarty SAYS:

I would like your recipe also please… :) We do a big bash in July and I made 400 jello shots the past two years. I think this would be a great new idea BUT I need the alchole content also.

December 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Amber Lynn Griffith SAYS:

I would like you recipe too

January 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

mo SAYS:

Could I have your recipe also pleaseee

January 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

kim SAYS:

I would also love that recipe :)

January 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

Jon Torrey SAYS:

Ditto on needing that recipe.

January 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Wendy Bartelson SAYS:

I would love to have that recipe please.

January 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Lashanda Pittman SAYS:

I would like your recipe also!!! Please.

I would like to have your recipe also!!!

January 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Heather Simpson SAYS:

Are you still sharing that recipe?!? I'd love a copy! Thanks!

January 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Jessica Gannaway SAYS:

Same as the others. If you are still sharing the recipe, may I have it too? :)

January 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Carla SAYS:

Would love your recipe if you are still sharing.

January 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

Lisa SAYS:

I would love the recipe as well. Thank you!

February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

Joyce E Ferris SAYS:

recipe please?

February 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Jane SAYS:

I would love your recipe as well!

February 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

cynthia SAYS:

Recipe please. I’m hosting a party later on in the month and would love to make these!

February 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Linda SAYS:

Would love the recipe, too plz and thank you in advance.

February 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Lisa SAYS:

Please can I have the recipe too…. Love to try your version…

February 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Morgan SAYS:

May I please have the recipe as well, I would love to try your version!!

February 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

jamie SAYS:

Could I get your recipe please?

February 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Christina Rosel SAYS:

can i have that recipe also please

February 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

karri wahedi SAYS:

Sean Hansen, can I please have ur recipe also???

March 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Ashley B SAYS:

Could I have your recipe please? Thanks so much! :)

April 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

Andrea Nicole Watson SAYS:

I would love the recipe also.

May 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

Mary Henry-Preston SAYS:

Do you still have your recipe ?? Could I also get a copy please ?

May 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Chase Markley SAYS:

May I have the recipe as well??(:

June 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Nicole J SAYS:

Hi I love the idea of more alcoholic lollipops:) would you be able to give me a copy of the recipie as well???

June 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Carley SAYS:

Can I please pleaseee have this too?

August 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Carol Martinez SAYS:

Can I have the recipe too pls! Thanks!

August 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm


Could I have the recipe too. Please!

September 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Stephanie torres SAYS:

Can I have recipe please! How long r they good for if I were to make em today?

October 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

Theresa Buckner SAYS:

could someone share a good recipe- i dont want that have no taste- nor do i want over bearing ones. if someone has a good recipe- please share. and, what flavor seem to be the best. i have an up coming event- and thought i would try these. any suggestions

March 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Jeanette SAYS:

Do you think that this can be done like a mixed cocktail lollipop for example a sex on the beach lolli with adding the other ingredients from the drink?

December 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Ariana SAYS:

I think it could be done. For instance, maybe use peach snaps for the liquor, cranberry juice for the water and add orange extract.

March 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Sunny SAYS:

Sean, I want the recipe, too!!

January 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Marcy Burner SAYS:

Would after shock be good? Or would the cinnamon be too much for a sucker?

January 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Jenny SAYS:

No one seems to be answering the question: does the alcohol evaporate by cooking it? Shouldn’t you add it at the end? I’ve always been told that cooking alcohol will take away the intoxicating effects…

January 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Angel SAYS:

You can concentrate the flavor by reducing the alcohol down by half. If the recipe calls for 1/4 c. alcohol, then boil 1/2 c of alcohol (by itself) until it is reduced by half. Cool down to room temp and then proceed with the recipe as written.

You are not going to get intoxicated from a lollipop. They will, however, have a stronger flavor, of the alcohol chosen.

January 20, 2013 at 5:51 am
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