Pixie Stix is well known for being as close to pure sugar as you can and still calling it candy. To be fair, sugar is the main ingredient! Added colors and flavors create the different pixie stick flavors we all know and love. The flavors have something in common, though – they’re all lip-puckeringly tart and deliciously sweet at the same time.
These five recipes will bring those flavors into a tasty pixie stick martini, shot, or cocktail!
1. Pixy Stix Martini
by Mom 4 Real
This martini perfectly captures the balance of sweet and tart found in a pixie stick. According to some sources, this is the same recipe that Malone uses in their famous Malone’s Pixie Stick Martini.
Before you start mixing ingredients, start by rimming a martini glass. Rim the glass using a grape pixie stick. Get the rim wet, then dip in pixie stick powder spread on a flat, round plate.
Next, get a martini shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Add DeKuyper Island Punch Pucker, DeKuyper Grape Punch, triple sec, vodka, and sweet and sour mix. Shake until chilled, then strain into the prepared martini glass.
Top with a splash of 7-up for a kick of carbonation and citrus flavor!
2. Pixie Stix Martini with Melon Liqueur
The Pixie Stix martini drink recipe by Tablespoon proves you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a martini filled with classic Pixie Sticks flavor. Before you begin, rim the martini glass with Pixie Stick powder. Set the glass to the side, letting the rimmer set.
To make your martini cocktail add gin, melon liqueur, blue curacao, and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. You can also use guava nectar in place of pineapple juice.
Shake vigorously, then pour into the rimmed martini cocktail glass.
3. Pixie Stick Margarita
Margaritas might not be the first cocktail that comes to mind when you think of pixie stix, but this simple drink recipe is sure to change that! The recipe starts as a classic margarita and ends as a rainbow pixie stix dream.
Before you can get to the fun part of this recipe, you need to make a great-tasting margarita. Combine triple sec, sweet n sour margarita mix, and lime juice in a bowl or pitcher.
In a blender, blend ice and water until it reaches a crushed, pourable consistency. Be sure to use enough water to avoid a clumpy margarita that gets stuck in your straw!
Add the ice to a margarita glass, then top with the drink mixture from the first step. Now for fun! Cut the top off 4-8 pixie stix and sprinkle over the margarita. You can do this in an organized way to keep the colors separate for a true rainbow effect, or just dump them all at once. You’ll taste sweet, tart pixie stix powder with every drink!
4. Blue Pixie Stick Shot
What’s more fun than a pixie stick shot? This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve blue pixie stix shots at your next party! They look impressive, and the taste will have everyone asking for the recipe.
Begin by rimming shot glasses with pixie stick dust. Add cherry vodka, grape vodka, blue curacao, and sweet and sour mix in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until combined, then strain into the shot glasses.
Leave a little bit of room at the top of each glass to add a splash of lemon-lime soda.
The flavor combinations in this drink recipe might seem like a lot, but it all comes together perfectly to create a pixie stick in a shot glass!
5. Fizzy Lifting Drinks
This pixie stix cocktail will take you back to simpler times of watching Willy Wonka on TV. It’s impossible to watch the movie without dreaming of tasting some of the goodies in the chocolate factory! Fizzy Lifting Drinks are one of the many Wonka creations shown, and this recipe captures that Willy Wonka spirit.
While this cocktail, unfortunately, won’t lift you off the ground as it does in the movie, it will brighten your day! The best part? This drink has just three ingredients.
Fill a glass with ice, then add sprite. An ounce of vodka and one pixie stick of your choice is mixed into the sprite. That’s it! You have a vibrantly colored cocktail with pixie stix as the main ingredient.
You could easily serve this as a pixie stick martini too. To do that, shake the vodka and pixie stix in a cocktail shaker with ice until chilled. Pour into a martini glass, then top with sprite. Garnish your cocktail with a tasty rock candy stir stick to make Wonka proud!
What is in a Pixie Stick?
The main ingredient in a pixie stick is sugar. Additives, including artificial flavors and colors, are added to create different pixie stick flavors.
Can you use pixie sticks as a drink mix?
Yes, you can use pixie sticks as a drink mix! You’ll get the best results if you use other mixers as well to highlight the sweet and tart flavors.
If you don’t have other mixers on hand, access water at least so there’s something to mellow out your drink.
Enjoy a Pixie Stick Martini and More!
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