COTTON CANDY MARGARITAS

Few things evoke memories of my teensy, tiny hometown like the county fair. It only lasted two weeks each year, but those two weeks brought unparalleled excitement to town. The flashing bulbs of the carnival lights, the bustle of people walking along the midway and the novelty of county fair snacks that were only available once each year created an almost electrifying buzz, at least for us small town folks. Everyone had their favorite snacks but for kids, the bags of cotton candy spun wistfully on a stick were tough to beat. Now that I’m an adult, cotton candy seems more stick and far less satisfying than I remember it being. But when the fair recently passed through town, I felt inspired to recreate the magic of cotton candy as best I could. And that, I did, with these cotton candy margaritas.

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These cotton candy margaritas represent the most novel of county fair food, transformed for sipping. Granted, some  people might think first of corndogs when they think of county fair foods. You can thank me for not making those. Yuck.

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I’m a girl who appreciates a strong margarita. Rather than attempt to drown the taste of tequila in syrupy sweetness, I’d rather accentuate it with layers of complimentary flavors. This margarita recipe demonstrates that perfectly. While it is a sweet margarita, it’s also a strong margarita. There’s no missing the cotton candy, but the tequila doesn’t cower in the corner either. If you prefer a more mild margarita, you can, of course, go a little heavier on the lime and sweetener to temper the tequila.

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While I do utilize actual cotton candy in the drink, you might be surprised to find that much of the flavor that lends itself to the cotton candy comes from the addition of a surprise ingredient: Jones Soda Cream Soda. You’ll find it any Whole Foods store, or in the “healthy” section of most grocery stores. It’s a soda sweetened with natural cane juice instead of high fructose corn syrup. It has a distinctive taste, completely reminiscent of cotton candy. That, my friend, is why you’ll definitely want to use it when making these cotton candy margaritas. Cotton Candy Margaritas | The Ultimate Pink Cocktail

Cotton candy margaritas

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. tequila
  • 1/2 c. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 c. cream soda (Jones soda brand, preferred)
  • 1/4 c. orange liqueur
  • 1 package cotton candy

Instructions

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously. Fill serving glasses 3/4 of the way with cotton candy. Pour mixture over cotton candy until glass is half full (because we're optimists around here). Add ice. Stir to combine. Cheers!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2325kcal Calories from fat 921
% Daily Value
Total Fat 102g 157%
Saturated Fat 60g 300%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Carbohydrate 266g 89%
Dietary Fiber 21g 84%
Sugars 226g
Protein 15g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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10 Replies to “COTTON CANDY MARGARITAS”

  1. You had me up until the cream soda. I’ve never tried it because the name skeeves me out so much.

  2. Definitely not missing much! We go about every three years or so, but – for the most part – we find it to be overcrowded and overpriced.

  3. I am so excited to try this! I am having a ladies night tonight and will be making it for the ladies!

  4. I was curious but after looking at the ingredients these look way too sweet for me. I like cream soda but not in my margarita. Besides, a true Margarita should never be sweet.

  5. What is the cotton candy? Is it a powder mix? I’m from Canada so maybe it is something I’m not familiar with. I hope I can find it, as these look delicious!

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