8 Best Alcohol Options for Gummy Bears: Ranked (2023)

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

As someone with a sweet tooth, I was intrigued by the idea of alcoholic gummy bears. There’s something magical about the combination of candy and booze that takes the experience to a whole new level. 

If you’re like me and love gummy bears, you may be wondering which alcohol pairs best with these sweet treats. 

Check out our list of the best alcohol for gummy bears and take your gummy bear game to the next level.

Top 8 Alcohols To Soak Your Gummy Bears In

8. Campari 


Give gummy bears a quick soak in Campari and add some bittersweet notes to them. The resulting gummies are a sophisticated take on Italy and Sweden-style treats.

This pairing is best served during aperitive hours – making your meal even more appetizing.

7. Aperol

An orange-tinged and bright edge to your gummies with a dash of Aperol will add a bit of excitement to any occasion. 

This Italian aperitif works well with gummy candies while adding a low-proof kick. If you want to enjoy gummies with a bit of booze, opt for Aperol.

6. Bourbon 

Bourbon and peaches pair well together, especially when matched with artificial peach flavors. If you have peach-flavored gummies, then bourbon is a great pairing. 

If we recommend the best bourbon for gummy bears, that would be the following:

  • Pappy Van Winkle
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout (Bourbon County)
  • Early Times Bottled in Bond
  • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Old Forester 1870

5. Coconut Rum

If you want a fruity and sweet cocktail treat, then infuse gummies with coconut rum. The tropical fruit flavor of coconut rum complements the sweetness of gummy candies. 

The best coconut rums to use are:

  • Bacardi Coco Rum
  • Brinley Shipwreck Coconut Rum
  • Parrot Bay
  • Cruzan Coconut Rum

4. Tequila

Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila & pineapple jalapeño

The tequila and gummy worm pairing is a nod to the classic “worm-in-the-bottle” drink. 

We like the bright tequila [1] and long, wiggly gummies. For a citrus-forward flavor, we suggest drinking a blanco tequila or adding a bit of sweetness with a reposado.

“Vodka goes well with a wintery perspective. Nothing else provokes such presentiments of falling snow except, for some, the communist seizure of the state.”

Michèle Bernstein, French Novelist

Or, you can try to pair gummies with the following tequilas:

  • 1800 Silver
  • Casamigos Blanco Tequila
  • Dulce Vida Blanco
  • Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila
  • Member’s Mark Silver Tequila
  • Tres Agaves Blanco

3. Rye Whiskey

The combination of rye whiskey and gummies makes for an edible take on the classic whiskey sour. Use your favorite rye whiskey if you like gummies infused with a potent punch. 

If you’re looking for recommendations, we suggest the following rye whiskeys:

  • Basil Hayden Dark Rye Whiskey
  • High West Double Rye Whiskey 
  • Whistlepig PiggyBack Rye 
  • Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey
  • Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky
  • Sazerac Rye Whiskey
  • Elijah Craig Rye Whiskey

2. Dark Rum

The combination of Happy Cola gummies and dark rum is a no-brainer. 

Cola-flavored gummies are best spiked with dark rum, as its molasses flavor complements the sweet and sticky texture of the candy. Some of our recommended dark rums to use are:

  • Cruzan
  • Malibu
  • Bacardi
  • Ron Zacapa
  • Goslings Black Seal
  • Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
  • Flor De Cana 7 Year Gran Reserva

1. Vodka

Absolut Elyx Vodka

The combination of neutral vodka and fruit gummies is a must-have, and we’re not going to mess with it.

“The best alcohol for gummy bears is like a secret code to unlock sweet, boozy bliss. From fruity vodkas to sparkling wines, the options are endless. But remember, balance is key – choose wisely and enjoy the perfect pairing of candy and cocktails!”

Liquor Laboratory

The combo of vodka and gummy bears makes for a tasty and boozy treat any time of the day. Some of our favorite gummy vodka to pair with gummies include:

  • Svedka Vodka 
  • Wildcat Vanilla Vodka
  • Smirnoff Triple-Distilled Vodka 
  • Hangar 1 Vodka
  • Absolut Elyx Vodka
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Belvedere Smogory Forest


How long do you soak gummy bears in alcohol?

You can soak gummy bears in alcohol for about four days so the gummy bears will fully absorb the alcohol. After four days, you’ll notice a bigger candy with a soft texture.

How do you make vodka gummy bears not slimy?

To make vodka gummy bears not slimy, you need to store them in a cool, dry place so it allows gummies to maintain their freshness while they absorb the alcohol.

Will gummy bears melt in vodka?

No, gummy bears won’t melt in vodka, but they’ll become too slimy and soft if soaked for extended periods.

In Conclusion

If you’re thinking of serving your guests some boozy gummies or you plan to enjoy something alone, you can always try to infuse candies with the alcohol of your choice. 

You can soak gummies with dark rum, tequila, bourbon, rye whiskey, Campari, Aperol, coconut rum, and vodka [2]. The flavorful tasting notes of these alcohols go well with the sweetness of candies.



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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