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I love making a fun punch for the holidays or for parties for my kids to enjoy as well.  My entire family loves this Kid Friendly Cotton Candy Drink Recipe and it only takes 2 ingredients to create.

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I have a super fun and affordable drink for you and your kids – you have to make this Kid Friendly Cotton Candy Drink recipe.

As many of you know I love to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my kids. We love to talk about the past year and all the great things that have happened and talk about all that we plan for the next year.

This is such a fun and easy kid friendly drink recipe to help your kids ring in the new year.  My kids love it but I find that adults enjoy it too.  This cotton candy punch and Sherbet Punch is a crowd pleaser for any party you throw this year.

Why Make This Drink Recipe:

Every New Year’s Eve, we love getting into our pajamas early, enjoying our favorite appetizers and playing games together.  To go along with these traditions, I also like to create a unique and fun drink for my kids to enjoy.

And what is more fun than cotton candy?  One year, I tried this simple and easy cotton candy drink and now it’s a tradition that we make it every year on New Year’s Eve.


Ingredients for Cotton Candy Drink - cotton candy and gingerale
  • Raspberry Ginger Ale
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cherry for garnish (Optional)

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This recipe is easy to switch up to make it work for your family or a party. 

  • Change Cotton Candy – Generally I use strawberry cotton candy to create this pinkish red color.  However, you can use all different types of flavors like blueberry, green apple or banana.
  • Change Ginger Ale – When using the other flavors, I would use regular ginger ale instead of raspberry ginger ale to enhance these flavors of cotton candy.
  • Use Lemon Lime Soda – Also, you can use Sprite or 7 Up instead of Ginger ale if you prefer.  This would still taste delicious in the recipe and the carbonation will dissolve the cotton candy into the punch or drink.
  • Cotton Candy Cocktail – This drink is great as an adult drink. Add in prosecco, orange liqueur, triple sec, tequila, and even vanilla vodka. This is a great to serve in martini glass or champagne flutes. Top with pink sanding sugar to leave your tastebuds dancing.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Place one piece of cotton candy in the drinking glass that I plan on serving this fun drink in. 
Cotton candy in glasses
  • Step 2 – After this pour the ginger ale over the cotton candy in the drink.  It will dissolve the cotton candy immediately but it will dispense the cotton candy throughout the beverage.
Cotton Candy drink in small cups with sugar rimmed
  • Step 3 – Serve immediately and watch all the kids be impressed at this delicious and festive drink that you just created for them.
Cotton Candy in glass topped with cotton candy and a rimmed covered in sugar

How to Serve:

When I’m making these for my family only, I generally make them in individual glasses.  It’s quick and easy.  Also, the kids can easily make their own which they love doing as well.

However, if you are throwing a large New Year’s Eve Party, birthdays, a girls’ night, or a bridal shower. You can create a larger batch in a punch bowl for everyone to enjoy as a cotton candy mocktail.

I would put a large amount of cotton candy in the punch bowl and fill the rest of the bowl up with the ginger ale.  I like to taste test it once it’s done and add more cotton candy if it needs more sweetness.

Cotton Candy in glass topped with cotton candy and a rimmed covered in sugar

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Leftovers do not store well. We recommend making what you will be serving.

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

This fun drink is best served immediately. We do not recommend making ahead of time.

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Cotton Candy Punch

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Try this easy kid friendly cotton candy drink recipe. You only need 2 ingredients to make this yummy cotton candy drink punch for kids and adults.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert, Drinks
Calories 226


  • 3 oz bag cotton candy
  • (1) 2 liter strawberry ginger ale
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  • Divide the cotton candy evenly into the cups.
  • Pour over with the soda.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 226kcal, Carbohydrates 58g, Sodium 35mg, Sugar 57g, Calcium 15mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    We used approximately 8 oz size cups and I think regular Ginger Ale would work great in this recipe as well!

  2. Ellen says:

    What size of cups do you use? I want to make one or two of them and trying to figure out how much pop you use. Could you also use a different pop? I don’t know if I am going to be able to find strawberry gingerale, would just regular gingerale work?

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you!

  4. Mackenzie Thomas says:

    I don’t have the ingredeints but i think it is a great idea

  5. Carrie says:

    Yes, this is so easy to make and the kids love it!

  6. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Is this an easy recipe? I need something simple to do for my kids for Halloween. I would love a recipe with only like 2-3 ingredients because I’m not a good cook. Thanks so much!

  7. Carrie says:

    It’s real cotton candy. Thank you.

  8. Rita says:

    I’m sorry, I’m old school. When you say cotton candy – is this real cotton candy? Or some form of liquid additive? Please let me know. Thanks