How to Make an Easy Cotton Candy Mocktail

Learn how to make a cotton candy mocktail cocktail perfect for a kid’s birthday party, summer fun, or unicorn party. It’s a recipe that includes sparkling soda, cotton candy, and a lot of fun.

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Cotton Candy Mocktail

Drinks like Mocktails are a great way for everyone to have fun with celebration drinks. Whether you are celebrating summer with a red, white, and blue layered drink, or a Rainbow Fizzy Drink for St. Patrick’s Day

What is the most famous mocktail?

The most popular mocktails include a pina colada mocktail, a mojito mocktail, and Shirley Temple 

Are Mocktails Safe to Drink?

Mocktails do not contain alcohol, but they do have sugar, so if you are watching your sugar intake, be sure to drink them sparingly.

Do Mocktails Contain Alcohol?

No! Mocktails are for anyone who wants a fun cocktail without the liquor. It’s a great way to enjoy a fun and often fruity drink without the guilt of alcohol, and it’s a fun drink for the kids to enjoy

On what occasion would you serve a Cotton Candy Drink?

  • Carnival Parties
  • summer parties
  • baby shower
  • birthday parties
  • new years
  • New Year’s eve celebrations
  • just for fun
  • unicorn birthday party
cotton candy mocktail drink for kids

Just look at how much fun this drink is. Any kid and dare I say – any adult – would love to sip on this fun drink. With only two ingredients, it’s easy to make. The kids will love watching the cotton candy dissolve and you’ll love the simple recipe.

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Variations to this Cotton Candy Drink Recipe

Soda Flavors

  • Lemon-Lime Soda (Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist, or a generic form) I used lemon-lime soda as my soda beverage. It adds sweetness with a hint of citrus but doesn’t mask the cotton candy flavor too much
  • Raspberry Gingerale – this would be delicious, however, you might lose some of the cotton candy flavors due to the strong raspberry flavoring
  • Strawberry Soda – Again, sounds delicious. I have not tried this particular flavor of soda, so I can’t attest to how strong the strawberry flavoring is and how much of the cotton candy flavor would come through
  • Ginger Ale – ginger ale would be a great substitute for lemon-lime soda but may mask some of the cotton candy  taste

What kind of cups can I use for this cotton candy mocktail recipe?

Any cup will do, but preferably a clear plastic cup or glass. You and the kids will want to watch as the cotton candy fizzes, bubbles, and colors the drink. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, then champagne flutes (you can find plastic champagne glasses for the kids) are a fun way to serve this drink. Mason jars, hurricane glasses, and see-through plastic cups are perfect for this drink as well

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Cotton Candy Punch

  • cotton candy punch is a large version of a cotton candy drink. Simply add cotton candy to the punch bowl and pour a 2-liter bottle of soda over the cotton candy

What Flavors of Cotton Candy Should I use for this drink?

  • I used classic pink cotton candy and blue cotton candy, but with so many flavors available today you could have a number of cotton candy drink flavors like – green apple, watermelon, grape, and even banana

Are you ready to make this Cotton Candy Mocktail Drink? Let’s Make sure you have everything you’ll need…


  • cotton candy
  • lemon-lime soda

Decorating Your Glass or Cup

While this is purely optional it is half the fun! I like to add fun sprinkles to the rim. It’s easy to do and I’ll teach you how. I’ve included the complete directions in the printable below

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to decorate the rims of your cups

  • lime wedges
  • sprinkles or decorating sugar
  • *a small plate


  • piece of cotton candy
  • paper straw or other fun straw
  • optional – cherry

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How do you Make Cotton Candy Mocktails?


  • if you are decorating the rim of your glasses, then use a lime wedge to wet the rim and then tip the glass over into a plate of sprinkles
  • place a good amount (about a cup size portion or more) of cotton candy into the glass
  • pour the soda over the cotton candy and watch it dissolve while it colors the drink

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How to Make an Easy-to-Follow Cotton Candy Mocktail

A fun mocktail sweet drink for kids, teens, and adults
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 523cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $5


  • smale plate
  • paper straw


Decorations for the cup rim: 

  • lime wedges
  • ¼ cup sprinkles or decorating sugar


  • 3 oz. cotton candy
  • 12 oz. lemon-lime soda


  • 3 oz. of cotton candy
  • cherry optional


decorating the rim: (optional)

  • cut a wedge of lime and slice it open in the middle
  • pour a good amount of sprinkles onto a small plate – deep enough so it will coat the rim of a cup
  • use the lime wedge to moisten your cup – slide it all the way around the rim so it is completely wet on the outside
  • turn the cup upside down into a plate full of sprinkles so they coat the rim

making the drink

  • carefully, so you don't mess up your sprinkles, place some cotton candy in the bottom of a cup – The amount will vary depending on your cup. I measured out about 1 cup of cotton candy for each of my 16 0z. cups
  • pour soda over the cotton candy and watch it dissolve into the soda
  • decorate with more cotton candy at the top of the cup and add a straw. Decorative cotton candy should not touch the liquid. If it does, it will quickly dissolve,


The amount of cotton candy that you use will vary. If you think the drink needs more cotton candy flavor, toss some more. It will dissolve immediately.
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 523cal | Carbohydrates: 243g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 235g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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