Skittles Vodka Tutorial

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Infusing vodka with Skittles is a very popular trend right now. There are a couple of different ways to do it. My way involves separating all the Skittles into their separate flavors and making five different bottles of Skittles vodka.

Five finished Skittles vodka flavors in their flasks

For this project, you’ll need:

Supplies for making Skittles Vodka

  • One 1.75 liter bottle of vodka (I used Stoli – you don’t need the most expensive vodka, but do avoid the cheap ones)
  • Five 8.5 ounce flasks or bottles (buy them from Amazon. For a Halloween party, serve these neon-colored concoctions in test tube shooter glasses.)
  • One 1 pound bag of Skittles
  • Five empty plastic water bottles
  • A funnel
  • Bowls for separating the Skittles into flavors
  • A measuring cup (not pictured)
  • Coffee filters or paper towels

You’ll also want to cover your workspace with newspaper or freezer paper – this infusion can get messy. If you’re making a different sized batch, here’s the formula you need to know: I used 60 Skittles to 6 ounces of vodka, which yields about 8 ounces of infused vodka. If you want to make 1.5 times that, or 3 times that, just multiply your amounts.

Related: Starburst Vodka Tutorial

Step 1: Separate Skittles into Flavors

Start by simply separating the Skittles into flavors. You want 60 of each.
Skittles separated by flavor into 5 bowls for making Skittles Vodka

Step 2: Setting up your Infusion Bottles

Fill your water bottles with 6 ounces of vodka each. It doesn’t need to be exact – you can always even it out later by pouring in a bit more vodka to the ones that come out with less.
The water bottles I used for infusing Skittles Vodka

 

Step 3: Add the Skittles

Pour the Skittles of one flavor into one infusion bottle, then pour the next flavor of Skittles into the next infusion bottle, and so on until all five bottles have a pile of Skittles soaking in the vodka.

Skittles Vodka: adding the skittles to the vodka

You could certainly be more sophisticated than I was here, and use a funnel to pour the Skittles of each flavor into one of the bottles. The reason I did it this way was that I felt it would be easier to wash each flavor of Skittles off my hands before moving onto the next one than it than to get that flavor out of the funnel each time – that plastic tends to hold onto the flavors, skin doesn’t.

Step 4: Shake ‘em, shake ‘em, shake ‘em

Now your infusion bottles all have Skittles in the bottom. Give each bottle a good shake – the more, the better. In my picture here, you can see that the colored candy coating has already rubbed off into the vodka, but the white insides of the Skittles still have a lot of dissolving to do. After shaking them, set them aside for a few hours. It’s a good idea to shake them again then, especially if you’re making a bigger batch. My Skittles all dissolved overnight.

Shaking the purple Skittles in the bottle of vodka

Once they’re all dissolved, you’ll notice a lot of white muck floating at the top. We’ll take care of this in Step 6.

Skittles Vodka infusions sitting overnight

Related: Jolly Rancher Vodka Tutorial

Step 5: Strain

There are a number of ways to strain this stuff and get all the white gunk out. Some people prefer paper towels, but I used coffee filters and found they worked just as well. I put a funnel inside a measuring cup.

Then I put four coffee filters in the funnel. It’s hard to say exactly how many you’ll need, since not all coffee filters are exactly the same. I’ll tell you one thing I did learn, though: orange and green needed more filtration than the others. I discovered this when I thought I was finished, and found a little bit of white stuff still floating in those two flavors. No problem, though: I just strained them again through one more coffee filter, and that took care of it. So if you find you haven’t strained it thoroughly enough, the good news is: you can always fix that later.

Funneling Skittles Vodka

Then I poured one of the infusions into my strainer setup. I had to pour about a quarter of my infusion in, then wait for some of it to soak through, then pour another quarter in, until I was done. (If the strainer clogs with white gunk, use a spoon to scrape the white gunk out of the way.) In the end, you’ll have about 8 ounces of Skittle infused vodka. Then I dumped the funnel and coffee filters into one of the bowls I’d used earlier for counting out Skittles, to catch drips as I carried it over to the sink. I washed everything out for re-using (except the coffee filters, of course – those I just rinsed before disposing of, so the sugar wouldn’t attract ants).

Then I took the liquid from the measuring cup and poured it into a flask, via the now-clean funnel. You can see here that the green is a little thick, and it shouldn’t have been – that’s why I ended up having to re-filter it. Then I rinsed the funnel out again.

Pouring the green Skittles Vodka into a flask

Repeat this process for each flavor.

Here you can see about how much gunk the filtration takes out:

Skittles gunk in coffee filter after straining vodka

Step 6: Chill and Serve

Now you’ve got 5 flasks or bottles of Skittles infused vodka:

The finished Skittles Vodka infusions in their flasks, before chilling

Stick them in the freezer for several hours – overnight is fabulous…

Skittles vodka infusions chilling in the freezer in their flasks

…and they’re ready to serve:

Chilled Skittles Vodka infusions

Related: Salted Caramel Vodka Recipe

Now, these are pretty strong on their own – nearly pure vodka. They are also very sweet. You can drink them straight, served up in a chilled martini glass, or you can use them in a cocktail:

  • Mix them with ginger ale, 7-up or Sprite to taste
  • Mix them with cola to taste (diet cola cuts the sweetness a little)
  • Serve them on the rocks to water it down a little
  • Some people mix them with fruit juice. I didn’t try this, because to me the Skittles were plenty of sweetness for my taste buds.
  • Everyone’s taste varies – there are so many directions you can take this drink in, you really should try anything that sounds good to you!

Cheers!

Comments

  1. Why do you have to freeze them?

    • Your taste buds can not taste flavors as well when something is cold. The colder vodka is the less you can taste the alcohol. Eat warm soup and cold soup you will notice the difference.

      For all the people saying to make it “ice cold” the reason people want there liquor ice cold is to minimize the taste of it.

      Why do you put ice in your drink? Why not drink your whiskey neat? If you do not put ice in your drink to reduce the taste (making it taste better) why do you?

    • Vodka doesn’t freeze. It’ll just be ice cold, but still liquid.

      • Well everything has a freezing point but vodka probably wouldn’t freeze in a conventional freezer

        • The freezing point of alcohol depends on its proof–most vodka is 80 proof, which will freeze somewhere around -30 C. If there is a conventional freezer out there that gets that cold, well… that would be very interesting. And probably very expensive. :P

    • You don’t HAVE to freeze it. It is some peoples’ preference that vodka be ice cold though. It makes it much smoother going down

  2. Wendy Hoffman says:

    can you do the candy infused with everclear where available or rum? and yeah love the bottles – possibly pricey maple syrup bottles?

  3. Justmedebee says:

    I use Jolly Roger cinnamon hot hardy candy to make a Martini. I use just one in shaker with a little splash of tonic. Yummy Yum. Oh yeh don’t forget the Vodka!

  4. Just a thought but club soda would make the skittle vodka fizzy without adding any sweetness…could work.

  5. mr inqusitive says:

    does the shape of the bottle change the desired effect?

  6. Caroline says:

    can the storing bottles be plastic?

  7. This Looks Delish! im gonna Try it:)!x

  8. Does making skittle vodka make the vodka stronger orbisnit just flavoured? X

    • Infusing the skittles into the vodka is, naturally, diluting the ABV of the vodka. If you’re using a standard vodka which is normally 37.5% alc/vol (or 75 proof), you can expect your Skittles Vodka concoction to be about 30 to 32% alc/vol (60 to 64 proof) based on a ratio of 10 Skittles per ounce of vodka.

      • Thanks for the math, Sebastian! Toni, sorry I somehow missed your question… yes, as Sebastian said it gets a little bit weaker, which is why you can use a vodka that’s just barely drinkable. The weakening effect also makes it seem “smoother”. But it’s not significantly weaker, so don’t think it’s light on alcohol – it’s still nearly straight vodka.

  9. can i eat the skittles when i have used what i need?

  10. elizabeth says:

    what happen if you put skittles of many flavors in the same bottle?

    • Its makes it very sweet but the flavors mix in an odd way. My friends and I used to make it by having a pitcher filled with 1/4 vodka (add more if needed) and putting all the skittles and letting soak for about an hour. We stirred using a fork (someone thought it’d make it quicker) and set for another 20 minutes before stirring one last time before serving. I would recommend an overnight soak and stir. One person actually added Kool Aid and sugar for a little more of a fruity flavor.

  11. Does it work the same with Sprite or Soda instead of vodka?

  12. Chris Pettygrove says:

    You actually take care of the problem in step 5, not 6. Liers

  13. Could you mix a bigger batch with all the flavors of skittles?

  14. How long can you keep it before it expires?

  15. can this be done with Tequila?

  16. PurpleJ3nn says:

    Thank you for posting this. I told my son and his friend that I would make them some for our up coming BBQ/housewarming party

  17. I have been messing around on your site for an hour and a half. GREAT STUFF.
    My question is: What is the flavor difference between the Skittles Vodka and the Jolly Rancher Vodka? I’m not much of a candy person, but yes have had both. Jolly Ranchers Cinnamon are a fav of mine but years ago. Skittles are more sour, so I wonder if that is imparted into the Vodka or not?
    Any help here would be appreciated. I will prolly try the JRanchers first as the lack of straining makes that recipe a quicker to the done stage for the tasting.

  18. i can only drink one.if i use a straw look out happy time!!!

  19. Gonna store mine in glass Snapple bottles. Seems to be the only thing I have around. Hope this turns out yummy…

  20. Does anyone know if the french press method of filtering used in the marshmallow infusion will work for the skittles and starburst recipes?

    • Yes, it’s does, it’s just there’s a chance it could gum up your French press really badly. That’s why I don’t recommend it for candies that have wax. But it does work, so if you don’t mind taking the chance… (and I have always managed to get mine clean).

  21. Hi, i just wanted to know how long can i keep it before the color and the taste disappears?

  22. Hi, just thought I’d run this one past you all. A couple of years ago me and a mate were experimenting with various sweets to see what works best. We did this in Latvia where you can get a litre bottle of real Russian vodka for around £3 (approx $4.80 U.S). We found that the very best sweets to use were Werthers original. I guess you Americans would call that butter candy?
    Anyway, we named this legendary drink the ‘Mucky Grandad’. One NOT to try however was the chocolate vodka. It really didn’t mix well and gave immediate gag reflex when sipping. Had we been sober we probably wouldn’t have even tried it. Honestly, it looked like diarrhea.

  23. tried the skittles vodka with tropical skittles and the other flavors there came out sooooo good and mixed them with seltzer water

  24. I just made these with the exact way in this tutorial, 8.5 ounce flask, 60 skittles to 6 ounce vodka, it was NO WHERE NEAR 8 ounces, it gave me roughly 6 ounces of infused vodka not 8 so, how do you get 8 ounces with this recipe?

  25. american skittles in 2009 are diffrent as europese skittles.
    ive tryed it and orange failed very hard to merge colours.
    and i used smiffnof vodka and dutch skittles.
    bit of an failure haha

    • Hmm, I wonder what’s so different about them? Do you have Jolly Ranchers or Starbursts in Europe? If so, you might get better results from my tutorials on those infusions.

    • Europe has stricter laws about artificial coloring. I know for a fact that Kraft can’t use the same orange Mac and Cheese color in Europe as in the US, so it is likely the same for Skittles.

  26. do you have to use vodka or can you use other types of alcohol as well

    would this work with o’douls?

    • You can use other types of alcohol, but they will add their flavor to the Skittles. As for O’Doul’s, I doubt it. The liquid you use has to have some ingredient that can break down the Skittles. I just don’t know whether the ingredients in O’Doul’s would do that or not. You could try it on a small batch though and see.

  27. Great flavors. Mix the orange with mt. Dew, and the other flavors are great with 7-up. Making the 2nd batch in 2 days!

  28. Can you make this with rum?

    • Yes, or pretty much any alcohol – it’s just anything but vodka adds some of its own flavor. But that can be great!

  29. Can you leave the white gunk in there? Does it taste bad?

    • I did that the first time I made it, didn’t have directions. It doesn’t taste bad, but the white stuff does have a sort of gritty texture. Also, you have to shake it everytime you use it, because the white stuff will collect and separate.

  30. You mentioned mixing with fruit juices, and while with standard juice is to sweet, these (especially orange and the berry flavors) mix REALLY well with unsweetened cranberry or pomegranate juice.

    They’re really good for mixing with bitter fruit juices! Orange skittle vodka and unsweetened cranberry and ice is one of my favorite drinks. It’s also really good with seltzer to preference, because undiluted cranberry is a really strong flavor.

  31. vodkaholic says:

    I’m going to try it with the Skittles tropical flavors.

  32. Tonght i did this bu i boiled the skittles to speed up the process.Turned out AMAZING :-)

    • does it matter? says:

      Don’t boil the vodka! Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, meaning that when you’re heating it up past that point the alcohol is evaporating out of the liquid. If you heat your alcohol above about 170 degrees F it’ll start losing its potency.

  33. will this recipe work with tequila?

  34. Raymond Lancione says:

    I’m filtering as we speak. I feel like I’m losing so much of the vodkavia filtering.

  35. I just did it but decided I needed bigger batch so 80 Skittles to 8 oz, colors pretty much gone already. I did one with orange, red, green and yellow the colors not very pretty. I also did a yellow and red mix. Then all the others but the purple, I don’t really like the purple skittles to begin with. I’ll be putting them in mason jars after the filtering. I used the big Costco bag of Skittles so I still have quite a bit left. Also used the Kirkland American Vodka which is 80proof. I’m definitely going to try them with Mt Dew. I also have a seltzer siphon that I will finally get to use. I might have to try with Tequila next time see how that goes.

  36. Amazon link in the post!

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