Shoot the Rainbow: Skittles Vodka

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Vodka = Yum, Skittles = Yum, Vodka + Skittles = Yum?!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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There are just two ingredients in this Instructable: vodka and Skittles.

You need to end up with 180g of each flavor of Skittle. Since Skittles are approximately 1g each, you can accomplish this with 180 skittles. We used two 450g bags for our experiment -- other bag sizes are perfectly acceptable.

(Of course, if you want to experiment with making the vodka to be more flavorful, you could definitely try more skittles than this.  This was what we found as a good flavor level, without using too many bags of Skittles.)

Can you use other candy with this same method?  We think it's very likely that this will work well for most fruity candy generally available (like hard candies or chewy fruit candies).  We're not sure how gummy candies would work with this -- but it's definitely worth experimentation.

The vodka quality is actually pretty important. We found that using middle-quality vodka created an end-result that tasted a lot like medicine (particularly the cherry flavor). I would suggest trying a better-or-best-quality vodka instead.  Several commenters have pointed out that you can try running middle-quality-vodka through a water filter pitcher (such as a Brita) to clean up the flavor a bit -- we haven't tested this but it's worth a try.

We used one 750mL bottle for each flavor of skittle -- five in all.  Larger or smaller bottles will result in more or less flavorful vodka for the amount of Skittles given above.
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nomesy813 months ago

can do this with gummy bears, redskins (an australian candy), wonder if you could use butterscotch?? nom nom nom

Rhinomods6 years ago
This white stuff, is actually gelatin. ( Also known as cow bone) So vegans skittles are not a way out for you...
It's not exactly cow bone, it is derived from collagen, which can be found in bones, cartlidge, tendons, ligament, and skin. Most gelatin now-a-days is produced form pig skin. Just throwing out that bit of info. You're right though, it's not a very vegan friendly by-product.
Here's a thought. Everyone knows that a cow is tasty treat. Now, if you get one of those fancy grass fed cows from the Midwest, they are supposed to be super tasty, right? Now, with the same logic, that would make vegans super tasty compared to us meat eatin folks.... Moral of the story? IF YOU'RE GONNA GET STRANDED ON CANNABIL ISLAND, MAKE SURE YOU BRING A VEGAN!
Actually, just so you know, the most tasty cows in the world are Kobe' beef cows from Asia. They are grain-fed and also allowed to drink beer, as well as being hand-massaged by human workers, daily. They are the only cows in the world that actually play with each other when they're in the field, rather than grazing. Kobe' beef is vegan-beef, and holy-$hit is it amazing.
yes, so if we are deserted on an island together, please remember to bring the beer and be ready to massage.

Best comment/reply I've ever received. :)

obviously vegans know skittles aren't something they should eat.. even some vegetarians don't eat skittles and mentos and starburts because of the gelatin it contains.. i think they are people who are pretty aware of what they eat even if its candy.. they know gelatin is in it . as well as pills that come in capsules.. they have gelatin
I made Skittles vodka recently, with UK skittles which don't contain gelatine. The nasty white stuff is carnauba wax, used to give Skittles their shine.
mskaret3 years ago
What if you can't get skittles?
I live in Norway, so the only way I can get them is tax free...
(I know this may sound caveman-ish but) skittles are just sugar-sweets right?

Anyone know of some other candy I can use?
applesticker (author)  mskaret2 years ago
I'm not sure what candy you have in Norway that would work best, but you could probably try anything that's fruit flavored - gummy or waxy or even hard candy would probably work fine. If you have anything like Jolly Ranchers or Starbursts I bet those would work.
psamp2 years ago
we dont get these skittles in india ... what is another subsitute ?
applesticker (author)  psamp2 years ago
I'm not sure what might work best, but anything that's a fruit flavored gummy or waxy or even hard candy would probably work fine. Something like Starburst or Jolly Rancher should work fine -- you'll just have different stuff to filter out.
teknojo2 years ago
Filtering is a b*****!

Intend to try this next time:

Initial mixing will be done in an glass icetea jug. The kind with a spigot at the base. This will allow draining while leaving the "scum" at the top.

Secondary filter will be coffee filters or paper towels in a strainer.

Last filter will be cheese clothe.

This concoction tastes awesome!

That's a good idea. I made some of this before (not from this Instructable) and I figured I'd skip filtering since I didn't have any coffee filters. Long story short, filtering is a necessary evil.

The last step says the red tasted like cough syrup and that is something I also found to be true, I'd definitely skip the red if it didn't add to the eye appeal of rainbow vodka.
St Jimmy2 years ago
A single link explains this:
hernanai6 years ago
I need an opinion... Would you choose Grey Goose or Smirnoff to make this? I got both but I don't want to use it all...
nice colors, just check out before what you gonna drink:
Ingredients and properties

In the United States, a bag of Skittles candy contains: sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, apple juice from concentrate, less than 2% - Dextrin, Gelatin, natural and artificial flavours, Citric Acid, food starch-modified, coloring (includes Yellow 6 lake, Red 40 lake, Yellow 5 lake, Blue 2 lake, Blue 1 lake, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1), Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C).

In Europe, a bag of Skittles candies contains:salt, glucose syrup, fruit juices (5.1%), hydrogenated vegetable fat, citric acid & trisodium citrate, dextrin, maltodextrin, flavorings & colorings (E100, E120, E132, E160e, E171), glazing agent shellac, vegetable oil, ascorbic acid and emulsifier (E475).

The American formula, which includes Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, has resulted in a skittle with an indefinite shelf life but possess a crunch and texture many people find less appealing. Fat content is also significantly higher.

A recent statistical analysis measured the mass of one Skittle to be 1066 ± 8 mg (N = 10, ± s.e.m.), or 0.0376 ± 0.0003 U.S. ounces.
Wait... american skittles have cherry and apple flavour? Heresy! UK Skittles are orange, lemon, lime, strawberry and blackcurrant. I never got the american love of cherry and apple confectionery, blackcurrant FTW. Tell me you at least have lime, lime and blackcurrant are the two best flavours to go with alcohol (ok maybe tied with cranberry). No wonder they come out tasting like medicine... find some blackcurrant sweets, once you go blackcurrant you never go back :P
kooyma PKM2 years ago
Blackcurrant sounds lovely! I do thnk you are missing out without grape, however...
I'm a bit old-school; in the last few years the US palate has been trained to accept "green apple" (yaaaargh) IN PLACE OF LIME! can you imagine?!? Sad, sad state of affairs.
Also, blue has been added into the widely accepted "color/flavor rainbow" as "blue raspberry" (or razzberry.) In protest I've decided to boycott blue food altogether as it seems too, too laboratory made. -I realise that the majority of our food is now lab engineered and tested and I'll be the last one to give up sugar-based nutrition but eating (or drinking) things that are the color of windex ....baaaaarf!
read again the part where he says to use "better-or-best-quality vodka," then go get some.
mixtlupus5 years ago
In Europe, skittles no longer contain Gelatin but do contain the colouring E120, (cochineal) and the shellac which are both derived from Insects...

Details can be found here:
Reference: Me being Vegan for 21 Years ;)
Skittles in Europe no longer have gelatine? Really? I've been wasting all this time then!! Bummer on the cochineal though. That seems to be added a lot in things here in Germany.

Then again, this is a moot discussion as Skittles can be replaced with just about any artificially, strongly flavoured candy. I imagine hard candies would trump hard candies, given that they completely break down and don't contain gelling agents....
sorry, I meant hard candies would be better than chewy candies. Why use candy that has gelling agents, wax, shellac, etc.? Seems like extra work and an inferior product (then again, we are talking about artificially flavoured vodka). Jolly Ranchers, lemon drops, etc., should give a better result, with the same lovely, artificial colour (or just add your own food colouring).
...Friendster still exists?
hvansick3 years ago
Has anyone else had the problem of the purple vodka turning red? We did this and put them in mason jars to store until drinking, but the once vibrant purple is now a slightly blue-tinged red, almost identical to the red flavor. They are hard enough to tell apart that we had to label them. This is after 5 days of storage in a dimly-lit pantry.
applesticker (author)  hvansick3 years ago
I didn't have this happen during my process, but I served the bottles at a party soon after I finished them, so they didn't have a long time to sit.

I'm not sure why this happened -- my only guess is that the blue part of the dye broke down faster than the red.
drl33 years ago
Skittles Vodka- Puke the Rainbow
trucklaw4 years ago
WARNING: Do not do this using grain alcohol (190 Proof) It does not work. The skittles will not dissolve in it. It will just gain the color of the skittle.
This is also true with the jolly ranchers!
dusneed6 years ago
You if you had a Brita style filter, you could have pre-filtered the vodka. It might have changed the end result with cheaper vodka.
huff666 dusneed3 years ago
myth busted
The myth that a Brita filter will bring bottom shelf vodka up to top shelf vodka was busted, but even the vodka-tasting expert said that cheap vodka tasted better the more it was filtered. Ergo, it could improve the resulting skittle-y taste.
that does not work at all ive tried and it tastes exactly the same. doesnt make it a higher quality vodka
I have the GK3 from and it does take the bite out of that mid-range 14 dollar a liter vodka...
That water is the 2nd best water i've ever tasted. Besides that, jones shop water fountain....
I don't know, I've had some pretty tasty waters....
Yes but you've never been in Jones' shop, you will say "omg, this is the best."
well i have had Jones soda before its great, but i get it very rarely, like once a year or less.
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