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Licorice and gin : the Humbug candy cocktail ⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️

Licorice and gin : the Humbug candy cocktail ⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️

It was only until a couple of years ago that I started to enjoy the flavour of licorice / aniseed . It was actually a chocolate coated log of black licorice which converted me 😂 . Since then I’ve been getting braver and willing to experiment with licorice more and more, especially in 🍹 cocktails. 

Yesterday at the supermarket, a Humbug candy packet caught my eye. For those of you , not familiar with Humbugs, they are a hard sweet usually flavoured with licorice or peppermint and is coloured black and white (stripes). This got me thinking 💭 about my next creation: I wanted to make a drink that looked and tasted like a Humbug candy.

Here is what you’ll need.


  • Humbug candy: around 11pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of glucose (high fructose corn syrup) syrup + extra to rim the glass
  • 1 teaspoon of water
  • 30mls green Chartreuse 
  • Gin: I used a gin from Sri Lanka called : Colombo No.7 Gin (this gin pairs so well with spices)
  • 30mls maraschino 🍒 liqueur 
  • 30mls freshly squeezed 🍋 lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon licorice root
  • Soda water (club soda)
  • Black ‘falk salt’


  • The first thing you need to do is to infuse the gin with the licorice root for about 2 hours (the gin should have a straw like colour once infused) .

Infusing the gin.

  • Now apply a thin layer of glucose syrup to the rim of your glass. Then crush up the black salt and 1 Humbug candy and rim the glass with it. 

  • Add 9 Humbugs into a small saucepan with the water and 1Tablesooon of glucose syrup and heat on low-medium heat.

  • Once melted , add the chartreuse and stir for about 1-2mins on low.

  • Let the mixture cool a little (5mins) and then brush it on the inside of your glass. Continue to apply around the glass but leave the same width gap exposure (pic below).

  • With the remaining Humbug mix, pour on a baking tray lined with baking paper and let cool.
  • In a cocktail shaker combine the gin, lemon juice and maraschino cherry liqueur and shake over ice for 15seconds.
  • Strain into your glass, top with lots of ice followed by soda water.
  • Break the now cooled Humbug mixture on your tray and make ‘shards’

My ‘shards’.

  • Garnish the drink with these shards and add one Humbug candy to complete the drink.


  • Work quickly with the candy mixture as it will set.
  • Warning ⚠️: when brushing the glass , make sure it cools down before application . Otherwise your glass may break!
  • Make sure you grind your black salt before rimming. I made the mistake of leaving some whole and it was extremely salty!
  • If you can’t find licorice root, you can skip this step.
  • To break the Humbug for rimming (make sure Humbug candy is in a airtight /ziplock bag) + shards use rolling pin.

For those that love licorice definitely give this drink a go! For those who are not a fan, also try it  😂 : I found the overbearing licorice flavour was nicely offset by the combination of sweet, salty and sour. 

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