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Love Potion Number 9

Love Potion Number 9 is a sweet-spicy elixir perfect for celebrating love in a playful way. The pop rocks rim of the glass set things off with a bang! 
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 drink (a ingredients listed per glass and may be multiplied to fulfill desired amount) (simple syrup recipe makes 2 cups Raspberry Simple Syrup)
Calories 208kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients for Raspberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 ½ cups fresh Raspberries (2 6-ounce cartons)

Ingredients for Love Potion #9:

  • Cherry Pop Rocks (6 packages per 4 glasses)
  • Red Hots (6-8 per glass)
  • Raspberry Simple Syrup (2 tablespoons per glass)
  • Ginger Ale (8 ounces per glass), chilled
  • Collins glasses


Instructions for Raspberry Simple Syrup:

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high meat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes; smash the raspberries with a mixing spoon or whisk while simmering to break them up. Remove from heat and allow to steep until cool (approximately 1 hour).
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve and keep sealed in the refrigerator for use.

Rimming the Glass with Pop Rocks

  • Pour the pop rocks into a shallow saucer or other small plate. 
  •  Pour some of the raspberry simple syrup into a bowl large enough for the top of the glass to fit into. 
  • Turn a glass upside down and touch just the top of the glass opening to the simple syrup; enough to moisten the rim only. 
  • Place the glass opening down in the plate of pop rocks and rotate from side to side to coat with pop rocks. NOTE: The pop rocks can gently be pushed toward the outside of the glass to aid in coating. 
  • Place the glass, still upside down, onto a clean surface and allow to sit for the pop rocks to dry onto the glass (approximately 10 minutes). This aids in the adherence to the glass.

Instructions for Love Potion Number 9:

  • Add 6-8 red hots (or if you find larger heart shaped red hots as shown in the photos, use 2) in the bottom of each glass.
  • Add the raspberry simple syrup and fill with ginger ale (NOTE: do not fill up to the pop rocks or they will begin to explode).


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 39mg | Sugar: 54g | Iron: 1.9mg