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Liquor Lollipops

Beautifully presented lollipops in an array of flavors make a creative gift for a liquor aficionado. While these lollipops are quick to make, you need to wait a day for their flavor to develop–the subtle and intriguing results are worth it. Lollipop molds make the process quicker, but you can also use a baking sheet and silicone mat instead.–Nina Wanat

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Special Equipment: Lollipop molds or a silicone baking mat, lollipop sticks (available online or at specialty stores), pastry brush, candy or deep-fry thermometer.

Liquor Lollipops Recipe

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  • 20 M
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  • Makes 16

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. If you don’t have lollipop molds, place a silicone mat on a baking sheet.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Remove from the heat, and, working quickly, mix in the remaining 1 teaspoon liquor and food coloring, if using. Still working with haste, drop the syrup into either lollipop molds or onto a silicone mat.

    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.
  • 5. 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.
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