Candy Cocktails Hit Hollywood—Make One Tonight!

09/13/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

Tropicana Bar Hollywood Roosevelt Willy Wonka Night
Courtesy Hollywood Roosevelt

Go to the Tropicana Bar at L.A.’s Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and you may bump into Jay-Z, Jessica Simpson or one of the zillion other celebs who have hit up the chic poolside spot. But now there’s an even better reason to belly up to the bar: cocktails made with candy!

On Monday, the Tropicana is playing the classic 1971 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (sorry, Johnny Depp!) on a projection screen by the pool. The party has inspired a menu of dessert-themed drinks, including a Jolly Rancher cocktail that teams the hard candy with tequila. This may be better than the day we discovered the rummy bear.

We got the Tropicana to spill the recipe, and it’s a keeper—bright, sweet and just a little tart from the cranberry juice. Mix the ingredients, and then comes the fun part: dropping in a few Jolly Ranchers, which will dissolve to change the taste of your drink. Cherry? Apple? Strawberry? There are major decisions to be made here, people. Did you know there’s a whole line of smoothie flavors?

We’re already envisioning the candy buffet at our next cocktail party, but the recipe is also easy enough to shake up at home when you’re craving something sweet. Bonus points if you pop in your copy of Willy Wonka.

Jolly Rancher Cocktail

Makes 1

2 oz. tequila

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. agave nectar

1 oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. melon liqueur

Jolly Rancher hard candies

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.

2. Drop 2-3 Jolly Ranchers into the glass before serving. Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.

—Marissa Conrad

FILED UNDER: Cocktails , Food

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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