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Skittles Vodka

Due to the popularity of the Infamous Skittles Vodka, I have decided to photograph my experiences making it.

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ETA: Yes, I've heard that you can use coffee filters instead of paper towels to strain the vodka. I chose not to do that because a) paper towels are cheaper and b) I've heard from several sources that paper towels actually work a lot better than coffee filters.

ETA again: I get a lot of people asking me about the taste of these, so I'm editing the entry with my comments on it: The vodka had too much of an "alcohol" taste for me to enjoy taking shots of it, but it was absolutely divine mixed with Sprite. I got a pretty good buzz going really quickly - you drink it fast because it doesn't taste alcoholic at all once mixed. If I had used better vodka, the alcohol taste might have been bearable without it being mixed. I don't typically enjoy shots in the first place though, so your experience may differ.


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Dec. 16th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
thats so cool. i'm gonna make some for my b-day party! lol
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
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Dec. 18th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Cool thing! Too bad the picture don't show (Bandwidth Exceeded) :(
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think maybe a coffee filter in the funnel would work best.
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I just stumbled on this and it is freakin sweet. I am gonna have to go out and make some for New Years now.
Dec. 25th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
filtering vs racking
I would try racking the vodka instead of filtering it, especially with the plastic bottles it would be really easy, just do everythign you did but let the sediment settle to the bottom of the jar once everything has been disolved (might take a couple of days of settling) and then just poke a hole in the bottom of the plastic bottle slightly ABOVE the sediment and let the liquid pour out into the glass jar (or another vessel). This liquid should be pretty clear but you could always filter it as well, which would be a lot easier and quicker since most of the sediment would be still in the plastic.

AND you can always use the 'sediment' to make something else - like jello shooters
Dec. 25th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: filtering vs racking
Well, the sediment is actually hydrogenated vegetable oil from the Skittles, because that doesn't dissolve in vodka. It tastes really awful. The stuff floating in the vodka doesn't really settle much - a lot of it floats to the top, but not all. So doing that would still leave a lot of yucky stuff in it.
Dec. 26th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
good idea
this is fun.
Dec. 26th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I remember you could attempt to remake the skittles flavors by using skyy vodka, but that no longer exist. . .
this i have to try. . .
Dec. 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Next time, try coffee filters instead of paper towels. They aren't as absorbent. You can use several layers.
Dec. 28th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
A suggestion for straining, use cone coffee filters, they fit quite well in larger funnels
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Very Cool
I think this is a cool idea. It got me to think about other mixtures as well. I thought your label was a great finishing touch.
Thanks for the idea!
Jan. 1st, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
i've come across a few tutorials for this, but this is the best one i've seen so far. i can't wait to make it
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I am adding this to my memories, and making this for the next BYOB party I am obliged to attend.
thankyouthankyouthankyou :]
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Pic with labels? And how about the taste?
Just concerned about that "sticky" comment. Did this create a syrupy substance making the taste too sugary? Would the average adult like it? Would one need to add something else to mix with it or drink straight up? And finally, how about a final pic with labels? Great post btw, they keep getting better. Maybe a video will come next.
Jan. 4th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Pic with labels? And how about the taste?
The vodka had too much of an "alcohol" taste for me to enjoy taking shots of it, but it was absolutely divine mixed with Sprite. I wouldn't say it was TOO sugary, it tastes exactly like drinking Skittles. Both of my sisters, my boyfriend, his two friends, and I all liked it, so I would say that the average adult probably would. It's kind of a "girly" drink though, because it's so sweet.

I didn't get a chance to take a picture of them with labels because that was the last thing I did on Christmas Eve before I wrapped them. Someone else made a post based on this and she had some pics with my labels on them. I dunno where that post is exactly though.
Jan. 5th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
thanks for this. i think this is a great idea. i wanna try it out.
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
This is gross
I made this stuff once for a party.


I don't particularly love vodka as it is but adding skittles to it does not help. At all. The aftertaste is horrendous.

Jan. 6th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Amazing! I've heard of doing this, but never took the time to actually search for a (recipe? instructions?). I stumbleupon'd it at a pretty opportune time, as I have a party to go to this weekend! Thanks for this!
Jan. 7th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Looks cool but what about the taste?... all vodka type shots i've ever had are vile!
Jan. 7th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
As shots, they're not too great (at least in my opinion, but I'm not a shot kinda gal), but it tastes amazing mixed with a bit of Sprite.
Jan. 14th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
I have a question -- how long should the Skittles be left to dissolve in there? I started a little test batch just to try and I dunno how long I should wait before foisting the mad scientist results on my BFFs :)

This is an awesome idea, btw, and I can't wait to try the results of my little test batch!
Jan. 14th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
When the skittles are 100% dissolved, you can then strain out the melted gunk. My first batch took two or three days to completely dissolve, but an "emergency" batch I made on Christmas Eve for a last-minute gift dissolved in only one night because I made my boyfriend shake it a LOT. It really depends on how much you shake it and how many skittles you used.
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
Other than Vodka
I'm curious to know if you could substitute the vodka with Grain Alcohol. It's illegal in some states (not mine). I know if you mix grain with kool-aid or lemonade it completely loses it's alcohol taste (despite being almost pure alcohol). It'd be cool if you could do the same with skittles, and maybe some sprite, etc. to distill it a bit.
Jan. 24th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
New Labels
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I'm doing this for Christmas!!!
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Jul. 30th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
The residue isn't actually from the candy coating. That's where all the flavor comes from, and the coating dissolves completely. The residue comes from the lard-ish type stuff in the middle of the Skittles. Since Starbursts are made entirely from that stuff, I think it would make a lot MORE residue, and I don't know how much flavor would be released into the vodka. However, I have heard of people dropping Starbursts into shotglasses of vodka and drinking that, but then, they are eating the Starburst too for the flavor.

I would recommend trying a Starburst and a small amount of vodka in a container for a few days and see how it comes out. If you can successfully strain it and like the result, then try it on a larger scale.
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