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Skittles Vodka

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

I decided to do a set of five different bottles, one for each Skittle color. I've heard of people mixing all colors in one, but I like the "rainbow" effect of five separate ones.

I purchased five 8.5 oz. "swing-top" blue glass bottles at The Container Store. I wasn't really happy with these. They had clear ones, but there were only two left in stock and I needed five. The blue ones were more expensive and I don't think the colors will show as well through them. I bought them anyway along with a small plastic funnel and went home.

Come to find out, the boyfriend wants to give some more friends the gift of candy-flavored booze, so I hopped online and bought some 10 oz. glass bottles from SpecialtyBottle.com. They just came in the mail and I'm really satisfied with these - I wish I'd gone with them for all 15 bottles. They look just like beer bottles, but with a black twist cap.

I used an online calculator to figure out how much vodka I would need to fill ten 10 oz. bottles and five 8.5 oz. bottles, then bought the appropriate amount of Smirnoff. I went for a slightly cheaper brand, but we'll see how it comes out.

I bought two giant-sized Skittles bags at Walmart. Then I separated the colors into Ziplocks while shouting at Sara that her relationship with Grissom would never work. My hands got sticky. The following picture is the result of one bag. It was enough for about two batches. I used part of the second bag for the third batch.

I knew that once the Skittles started dissolving they would leave behind some residue. I didn't want to infuse the vodka in the final glass bottles because I didn't feel like scrubbing the gunk out of the glass bottles. So, I bought a pack of plastic 20 oz. water bottles and forced my boyfriend to drink them all.

Once they were empty and my boyfriend was suffering from water poisoning*, I poured vodka into one of the glass bottles, just to see how much it contained. I then poured this amount into one of the plastic water bottles and filled the rest of the bottles to approximately the same level.

Then all there was left was to add the Skittles. I added about three handfuls to each bottle, capped them, and gave them a shake. They immediately started to turn pretty colors, and I set them aside to marinate. After about ten minutes, I started to see a layer of "ming" form at the top. We're going to strain it later, don't worry.

After two full days and quite a bit of shaking, the Skittles were 97% dissolved. By the way, shaking these is a great way to release stress. I left them sitting another day and prepared to strain the vodka.

Straining the vodka was a tad bit harder than I imagined it would be. I lined a wire mesh kitchen strainer with a double layer of paper towels, then held this over the funnel placed in the empty bottle. I needed another person to hold this while I poured, but after the boyfriend left for work, I managed to do it myself. It just was not very fun.

I had to squeeze the paper towel to wring out some of the liquid. Having a larger funnel would have made this a LOT easier. As it was, I had to pour a small amount only in the very center of the mesh strainer, wait for that to drip through, then pour more. The paper towel wicked a lot of the liquid, which is why I had to wring it out later. Because my funnel was so small, I had to be really careful about where the liquid was dripping.

I would strongly suggest putting newspaper over your work area, or at least clean up drips and spills RIGHT AWAY. This stuff STAINS A LOT. It is also VERY STICKY.

My boyfriend said that he would have used cheesecloth as a strainer instead of the paper towel. You could try this, but you may have to strain it more than once because some impurities might get through.

I was afraid that I would wind up with much less liquid because of the straining process, but it came out to about the same. probably because I wrung out the paper towel. If you find yourself short, just add some more plain vodka and mix it.

Here's a picture of the final product. The purple turned out more dark red than purple.

I photoshopped some labels because the ones I found online were not high enough quality to print nicely. You can find mine here. The file is very large. It contains a sheet of five labels, one for each flavor, that are each 2"x8" at 300 dpi.

* No boyfriends were actually harmed in this process. Hydrated, yes. Harmed, no.

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)
bandwith exceeded...game over...stop submitting shit like this to stumble
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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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