Cocktail candy floss and sour whisky fruit pastilles: 'World's first' edible alcohol sweet shop to open in London in time for Christmas

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A new shop is offering the nostalgic flavours of our favourite childhood treats with a very grown-up twist.

Smith & Sinclair's Eat Your Drink store claims to be the world's first edible alcohol shop. It opens on the ground floor of Benefit on Carnaby Street from 18 November until Christmas Eve - and yes, there will be samples. 

It will offer boozy handmade versions of the sweets we grew up with - from cocktail-flavoured candy floss to whisky-drenched fruit pastilles.

Former chef Emile Bernard and ex-PR Melanie Goldsmith, both 26, came up with the idea, as a way to let people experience alcohol in new ways - from chewing sweets to licking lollies.

As well as their own online store, some of their creations are stocked in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

The Carnaby Street shop will sell a range of sweets not yet available online, including vodka glasses made from edible candy floss - in flavours of black cherry and hibiscus or beetroot and bubblegum.

“The vodka melts the candy floss, flavouring the alcohol and revealing edible alcoholic jewels,” Melanie tells the Evening Standard

More of Eat Your Drink's boozy takes on retro sweets

  • Dip dabs in pina colada and mojito flavours
  • Cocktail fruit pastilles in whisky sour, spiced rum and gin and tonic flavours
  • Tequila, rum and gin lollipops

Prefer yours in a glass? Here are 21 gin cocktails to make at home

  • Cucumber Cooler

    This is a simple and adaptable recipe requiring mint leaves, lime juice, cucumber slices and sugar to taste. All the ingredients are easily available at any time of year, but guaranteed to make you feel like it's summer.

    Find the recipe at

  • Blackberry Lemon G&T

    A version of the classic G&T mix using a muddle of blackberries, mint and lemons. Autumnal.

    Find the recipe at

  • Candied Grapefruit

    If you've got time to candy your own grapefruit, this recipe tells you how (it looks surprisingly straightforward actually) but if not, this refreshing grapefruit juice and agave cocktail sounds delicious enough on its own.

    Find the recipe at

  • Strawberry Smash

    This is a very simple way to have a jugful of cocktail ready to go. Fresh fruit, club soda (soda water is fine), sugar and lime juice. You could also try a twist of black pepper.

    Find the recipe at

  • Gin Buck

    The Gin Buck is the gin version of the Moscow Mule and so simple - gin, lime juice and as much ginger beer as you fancy. Done! Tin cup optional.

    Find the recipe at

  • Gin Martini

    A classic Martini requires only a chilled glass, gin and dry vermouth. Quantities are up to you and your personal taste. Use olive brine to make it as dirty as you want or turn it into a Gibson with a pickled onion.

    Find a recipe for a pretty dirty Martini at

  • Gin & Tonic Granita

    A drink and a dessert in one boozy glass. G&T granita is simple to make and easy to customise by adding your favourite flavours. Be warned: this is not a great last-minute option, as it needs at least four hours of freezing time.

    Find the recipe at

  • Orange Gin Fizz

    Another version of the Gin Fizz uses orange juice and soda water. It's practically healthy.

    Find the recipe at

  • Aviation

    It's possible you don't have Crème de Violette hanging round your drinks cabinet, but it might be worth investing in for this Insta-worthy gin, cherry and lemon cocktail.

    Find the recipe at

  • Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

    You'll need cold Earl Grey tea and some honey syrup (easily made by heating water and honey) for this one, which is making us feel like we want to throw a drinks party themed on afternoon tea.

    Find the recipe at

  • Negroni

    No gin cocktail list would be complete without this three ingredient wonder. Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Do it. Do it now.

    Find the recipe at

  • Blueberry Gin Sour

    Jazz up a Gin Sour with some fruit. Handily, you can use defrosted frozen blueberries for this as well as fresh, although you also need egg white and Angostura Bitters.

    Find the recipe at

  • Green Giant

    Sugar snap peas and tarragon give this mix a different edge. You'll need lemon juice and simple syrup too (which is just equal parts white sugar and water heated until dissolved).

    Find the recipe at

  • Gin Bloody Mary

    There's no reason you can't swap the vodka in a Bloody Mary mix for a hearty slug of gin. This formulation involves plenty of spices, including celery seed, cumin and oregano, but we won't tell anyone if the most you can face is slinging some Gordon's in a tomato juice.

    Find the recipe at

  • Corpse Reviver No.2

    There are two Corpse Reviver cocktails, and this one involves gin. It needs Lillet Blanc, an aperitif wine used in Bond's favourite Vesper cocktail, and you'll also need an orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier if you want to raise the dead with this one.

    Find the recipe at

  • Strawberry Long Island Iced Tea

    A version of the famous chuck-em-all-in cocktail. It recommends a splash of sweet and sour mix (which you can DIY with lemon, lime and sugar) and strawberry Daiquiri/Margarita mix, which we're sure you have hanging around from an ill-advised hen do. Or just mush up some strawberries and be done with it - after all, it's not the subtlest of cocktails, is it?

    Find the recipe at

  • Ramos Gin Fizz

    Also known as the New Orleans Fizz, this one requires a little more effort, given it involves finding orange blossom water and using egg white, but oh, we could drink five right now.

    Find the recipe at

  • Melon Gin & Tonic

    Honeydew melon, sugar, gin, tonic and a blender. Done.

    Find the recipe at

  • Singapore Sling

    The Singapore Sling isn't short on ingredients (anyone got a bottle of Cherry Heering to hand?) but it's a classic gin mix worth a shot (or three).

    Find the recipe at

  • Voices in my Head

    Had too many light, refreshing drinks? Need something a little sturdier? Try this concoction (inspired by The Amityville Horror), which combines blackcurrant puree, port and a couple of chillis for a serious kick.

    Find the recipe at

  • Gin and Tonic

    An oldie but a goodie. Stick your favourite fruit in a G&T mixed to your preference and you're good to go. Happy drinking...

    Find some fruit and herb ideas at


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Anna Pollitt

Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant.