I found this recipe in the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine and had to give it a shot! Cosmo is my secret girly guilty pleasure. It’s like the gummy candy of media but I still love it with its recycled, mostly impractical sex tips and weird bipolar mix of self-esteem promotion and body-shaming… I just can’t help it!
Cosmo makes these drunken bears in bulk, using 2 pounds of gummy bears and 1 liter of vodka. (In case you hadn’t realized it yet, I’m basically obsessed with vodka. My ancestors were Irish so it’s okay for me to be obsessed with booze.) A fun and easy to prepare party treat. Serve in shot glasses or just pile into a big bowl and let guests serve themselves. Be sure to warn your guests that these cutesy bears have a heck of kick!
Drunk Gummy Bears
1 cup (6 oz) gummy bears
About 1 ¼ cup vodka (I used raspberry flavor but you could use unflavored or some other fruity flavor.)
Place gummy bears in a bowl or glass measuring cup.
Pour in enough vodka to cover the bears, plus an additional ½ inch.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Allow to soak overnight or for at least 4 hours, stirring a couple times.
Pour off excess vodka and serve chilled. (Cosmo didn’t specify but you should definitely reserve the gummy bear-infused vodka for drinking. Who just dumps perfectly good booze down the drain?! Strain it through a fine wire sieve.)
If the bears end up a little too squishy or slimy for you, just pop them in the freezer for an hour or so. They will firm back up.
If you like this recipe, also check out our Gummy Bear Margarita Jigglers!