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Makes one drink2 ounces cake vodka 1/2 ounce Maraschino liqueur Splash of grenadine Jelly beans for garnish, optional Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, maraschino liqueur, and grenadine. Shake until chilled. Strain into a glass, drop in a few jelly beans for garnish and enjoy.
More Options: Here are some substitutions for your other favorite colored jelly bean cocktails. • Green- Substitute Midori for the Maraschino and skip the Grenadine, add a splash of sour mix. • Blue- Substitute Blueberry or mixed berry vodka for half of the cake vodka. Substitute Blue Curaçao for the Maraschino. Skip the Grenadine. • Yellow- Substitute pineapple liqueur for the Maraschino. Substitute pineapple juice for the Grenadine. • Purple - Substitute concord grape juice for the Maraschino. Skip the Grenadine. (The grape juice makes this one is sweeter than the rest.) • Pink - Substitute bubble gum flavored vodka instead of the Cake vodka. Substitute agave nectar for the Maraschino liqueur, and just a couple of drops of grenadine to give it a light pink color.