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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Skittle Vodka or How To Make Pretty Colored Alcohol

A few years ago, I came across a post on how to make Skittle-flavored vodka. I have wanted to do this for a while but never actually got around to it. I finally did it because I have a friend's birthday coming up and thought this would be a fun gift. This is fairly easy to do, and I encourage you all to give it a try.

Supplies you will need:
  • A large bag of Skittles
  • Five 20 oz. plastic bottles (Water bottles work well and are readily available.)
  • Five glass bottles (This can be anywhere from 10-20 oz. It comes down to personal preference; I went with 16 oz.)
  • Five plastic bags or bowls (To house the different colored candies.)
  • A plastic funnel
  • Coffee filters (I recommend the smaller ones for 4 cup machines, they are just the right size.)
  • A lot of Vodka (This is going to depend on the size of your glass bottles. You will probably have to convert oz. to mL, this can be done through any number of websites including Google.)
Ok, now that you have all of your supplies, your first job is to separate the Skittles into their different colors.

Now that you have the colors separated, the next thing to do is to empty the water bottles. Drinking is an easy way to do this, but try not to drink it all at the same time. Otherwise you will be peeing for a while.

After you have emptied the bottles you will need to know how much vodka to put into each bottle. Easiest way to do this is to fill up one of the glass bottles with vodka, then pour that vodka into one of the plastic bottles. If you're using larger plastic bottles than glass bottles (which you should be) simply mark this spot on the four remaining bottles and fill to the line.

Next, you will be flavoring the vodka. Put a few handfuls of one flavor into one bottle. I used about 2 and a half per bottle, but depending on how much flavor you want you can vary this. You may also want to label the bottles, if only because the strawberry and grape flavor tend to come out similar colors. After adding the skittles to each bottle they should look like this:

Over the next two days, the vodka will dissolve the Skittles and absorb the flavor. You'll notice some white stuff collect near the top. In order to mix this in, you will have to shake up the bottles every now and again.

After the two day have passed, the Skittles should be fully dissolved. Now you will want to get the funnel, filters, and plastic bottles. Put the filter in the funnel (you can used more than one filter if you think it is necessary, but it shouldn't be) and the funnel in the glass bottle. Now pour some of the Skittles vodka into the glass bottle. This will be a bit of a tedious process as it will slowly filter through.
You will notice that the vodka looks a lot better in the new bottles.

Fun side note: I ended up with a bit more of a few vodkas than would fit in the bottle. So I put them in a shooter glass. Turns out you can get a fun layering effect with these. In the pic below, the bottom layer is lemon, the top layer is grape.


And that's it. My final product is below. Several people have created labels for their products and a simple search will net you a couple pre-made designs. Though with the bottles I chose, it made labeling too cumbersome for me to attempt. Anyway, I hope this has helped. Let me know if you decide to make this yourself.

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