Marshmallow Bunnies and Jelly Bean Martini’s

by Pamela

infused vodka, infused vodka recipe, martini recipe

Sweet meets sour in this fun, play on two of Easter’s most common basket mates: the jelly bean and the peep (or in this case, the marshmallow bunny).

Blending a hint of vodka (okay, way more than a hint) with tangy jelly beans makes this jelly bean martini recipe go down smooth and easy and no need to call the dentist to remove all the sticky bits.

You already know that I’m a huge fan of infused vodka, blueberry pie martini anyone?  But I’ve also got a soft spot for sour things: rhubarb, lemons, limes, sour patch kids and lemon heads just to name a few.  So I thought hey, why not make a pretty pastel colored martini out of my favorite jelly beans (Sweet Tart Jelly Beans – and yes, dear company you can send me a truckload – thank you)?


Okay, so jelly beans aren’t fruit and these probably don’t even have fruit juice in them.  But they’re round and if you soak them in vodka you get their pucker power and that boring clear vodka turns a pretty pastel color that’s perfect for your Easter table setting.  Or, since I garnished mine with a marshmallow peep, er bunny, I like to call this a grown up Easter basket.  No kiddies allowed.

Yes, you can use any jelly beans you like for this infused vodka recipe, but I recommend using the jelly beans that have stronger flavors.  If you feel like living on the edge a little, you can even mix your beans to give your martini recipe a more complex flavor.  So who’s going to be hitting the stores for some jelly beans (and those after holiday sales when the candy is half off) to make this pretty infused vodka recipe?

Relationship Advice

In light of the Easter holiday, I thought that I would give you a break from the sarcastic relationship advice and leave you with another graph to ponder.  I think we can all agree that bunnies are cute and rats aren’t, but when it all gets boiled down to its most simplistic points…is everything really as it seems?



Recipe: Jelly Bean Martini (Jelly Bean Infused Vodka)

Summary: Why not make a grown up Easter basket this year? A jelly bean martini made with jelly bean infused vodka is as delicious as it is pretty.


  • 1/4 Cup Single Flavor of Jelly Beans (heaping cup)
  • 1 Cup of Vodka
  • Peeps (or marshmallow bunnies)
  • Sugar
  • Food Coloring


  1. In a glass jar, add the jelly beans and vodka.
  2. Cover and shake the jar vigorously and set aside.
  3. Keep shaking the jelly bean/vodka jar every few hours.
  4. Let sit overnight.
  5. Using a funnel and dampened coffee filter, filter the infused vodka into a new jar. (wetting the filter before putting it into the funnel and straining allows you to retain more of the vodka).
  6. Place strained vodka into the refrigerator to chill.
  7. Pour desired amount of infused vodka into a chilled and sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a Peep and serve.
  8. As an alternative, you can mix 1 part jelly bean infused vodka with 1/2 part Chambord. Mix, pour and serve in the same method.
  9. I also found that this infused vodka tastes pretty good if you add it to lemon lime soda. I don’t have a measurement guide for this because it really would be to taste.

Quick notes

To make colored sugar. Pour 1/8 cup of granulated sugar into a zip top bag. Add 1 drop of desired color food coloring into the bag as well. Seal the top of the bag and shake.

Cooking time (duration):

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: cocktail

Culinary tradition: USA (General)


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Billy February 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

When I was little I use to play with the smarties even though your really suppose to eat them.

Charlotte April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Oh my, this is perfect and I have to have it! Selfridges have a pick n mix bar of Jell Belly, so yu can make your own combinations, or buy an entire bag of one flavour!

Blue Skies,

Pamela April 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Ooohhhh….love Selfridges. Mix ’em up and have some yummy fun!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

What a fabulous way to make flavored vodka!

bunkycooks April 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

That’s one wild martini! I love the neon pink color. 🙂 Happy Easter!

Ben April 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

This recipe horrifies me.

Pamela April 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

If there’s a world in which sour apple martini’s and bubblegum flavored vodka exists, I believe there’s room for a jelly bean martini recipe. 🙂

Priscilla - She's Cookin' April 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Jelly bean infused vodka – LUV IT! And the amped up pastels in your photos, too.

Ken⏐hungry rabbit April 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

It’s brilliant how you come up with jelly bean soaked vodka. The color of my cocktails will never be the same.

Jennifer April 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

That sounds soooo yummy! And as always your pics look great.

Pamela April 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thanks Jennifer.

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves April 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Cute martini! Surprised no one has thought of this before. As far as the cuteness factor…probably the rabies factor has to be in that somewhere. After all, puppy = cute. Rabid puppy = not so much.

Pamela April 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

I didn’t want to include too many factors in the chart. 😉 But yes, rabies is definitely a cute killer.

Girl Plus Fire April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Wait, what about squirrels?

Carrie April 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

i’m not sure chinchillas are properly placed on the graph. i think they’re super cute. maybe a softness of fur element needs to be added.

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