Rock Candy Ingredients:
- A surface for your crystal to grow on.
- Get the water boiling in a saucepan and add sugar a bit at a time, stirring to dissolve. Keep going until the sugar doesn’t dissolve anymore.
- Allow the water and sugar mixture to cool.
- Choose what you want your rock candy to “grow” on. If you’re making straws, go ahead and place a cocktail pick inside the straws (to prevent the sugar crystals from blocking the straw). Otherwise, you can use a piece of string or wood, or just a cocktail pick on its own.
- Take what you chose in step 3 and dip it into the super-saturated sugar-water. Take it out and sprinkle it with table sugar. (This gives the dissolved sugar something to “hang on” to.)
- Put your straw (pick-side-down), string, stick or cocktail pick back into the sugar mixture, and arrange it so it’s as vertical as possible, and not touching any other pieces.
- Wait! (This is where that “patience” part kicks in!) Try not to agitate your rock candy during this process – that will help the crystals grow. This process took me about a week to get the size of rock candy you see below.
- If you’re not making straws, you’re done when they reach a size you’re happy with (or when they stop growing). If you’re making straws, you’ll need to do one more step to pull the picks out of the straws before serving.
- Put the rock candy in a cocktail and serve!
I think there are a lot of great ways you can use rock candy in cocktails, and I have seen some bars in my area actually doing this. Are you using rock candy in your bar? Let me know in the comments!