Drunken Gummies (Vodka-Infused Gummi Bears)




This Instructable will teach you how to create the most delicious alcoholic treat that will make you the life of any party. (My first instructable!)

WARNING: Contains alcohol, so please only make this if you are of legal age in your area.


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Step 1: Prepare Materials and Get Them Soakin'!

This Instructable takes a bit more than a week to complete, but the end result is certainly worth it!

You will need:

- 1 1/2 cups of vodka (can use more or less if desired)
- 1 tub of gummi bear candies, plastic with lid (about 1kg. Tub found at Wal-mart)
- 1 can of frozen juice concentrate, any flavour desired (I used fruit punch.)

You can keep the juice frozen for now, as you will not need it for a few days.

- First step is to open the lid of your gummi bears and pour in the vodka. The amount and brand is at your discretion, though I have found 1.5 cups of Smirnoff vodka to be the best. I have tried this with raspberry vodka as well, with pleasurable results. Basically, pour the vodka into the packed bears until the alcohol barely peeks over the top.

- Give your newly introduced gummi-bears and vodka a stir, and replace the lid. Place the whole tub into the fridge.

- Let this sit for five days, stirring a couple of times each day.

Step 2: I've Created a Monster!.... I've Created 500 Monsters!

After five days, much of your vodka will have been soaked into the bears and they may have gone through a significant growth spurt, as shown in the photo. Now is the time for the juice to be added.

The purpose of the juice is to mask the strong vodka taste that exists in these candies.

- Place a thawed can of frozen juice into a mixing container, and add only HALF of the required water.
- Pour one cup of partially diluted juice into the tub of bears, stirring very well.
- Replace the lid and place back in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Wait for It....

Let the bears sit in their juice and whatever vodka is left, for FOUR more days. This is essential because otherwise they will have a hard middle or will taste too much like vodka. Resist the urge to taste test!

Stir twice a day to prevent sticking.

Step 4: Finally, Our Lovely Mutants!

Your gummi bears are finally finished!
If there is a lot of excess juice/vodka resting in the bottom, you may drain it or leave it in to be further absorbed by the bears as they rest.

Remember to return to the fridge if they are not all eaten -- which rarely happens!
Be ready for the rush and eat these carefully as they can be pretty potent!


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    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    I made these but when I took a bite it was Hardin the middle any idea why?


    2 years ago

    Here's a variant for y'all to try... Jack & coke bottle gummies. Yum!


    3 years ago

    I have me these as well I like to use Gummy Savers they come in 4-5 Different Variety Packs & I use Regular Smirnoff Vodka but, before I begin to infuse my Gummies... I infuse my vodka by doing this you skip the step of adding juice + this hides the taste & the heat that the Vodka alone releases into the Gummies. So I pour a cup 1.5 of my Vodka into a Mason-Jar & I add 10 watermelon + 5 blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers to my Vodka & allow 5-7 hrs to go by shaking every so often & mind you..."I keep everything at room temperature" DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS- but come the 7th hr if theirs a few small pieces of Jolly Rancher left on the bottom that's fine; (now at this point I DO taste the Vodka to be sure that it Tastes the Way that I want it Too) If your Vodka is GOOD you can now add your favorite Gummy's rite into the Mason-Jar Filling Up your Jar until your Gummy's are just covered; then cover up your Mason-Jar giving it one last shake but I'd say that every other time that you walk past them Gently flip the Mason-Jar over **Again Remember/ to keep your Gummy's at Room Temperature** But you don't have to & you can refrigerate them like many of the recipes call for BUT, Now really Quick & easy... If you enjoy those Gummy's & You enjoy RUM get a Good RUM I'd suggest "Gossling's Dark Rum" or Your Favorite "Jamican Rum" & use a Mason-Jar toss in about A Bag & A Half of Gummy COKE BOTTLE'S then pour your Rum Slightly over your Gummy Coke Bottles/& you can add some LIME JUICE if Desired/again Gently flip Mason-Jar over every other time you walk past the Container/wait 2-3 Days & Enjoy ???


    3 years ago

    If youve ever been to a candy store(like Sweet Factory) and you see filled strawberry gimmies(or filled whakes/turtles, shark gummies, gimmy rings even) they work GREAT. I took a bag of them home after doing vodka gummy bears and used strawberry smirnoff with the strawberry ginnies and it was AMAZING! I only soak for 3 days though, dont need juice unless you absolutely hate the taste of vodka.
    There are also some easyer gummy eggs made by Albanese and theyre great too.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    so how do you serve them after you make them?? Toothpicks Small cups?


    4 years ago on Step 4

    How long do they last, I am thinking of doing some for Christmas as gifts but I wasn't sure if the fruit juice in them makes them go off or if the vodka preserves them?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Weird question: Can I take this with me while traveling if left in my checked luggage?


    4 years ago

    Couldnt you technically save time, if both juice and alcohol is absorbed by the gummies, by mixing the two together? I mean, its no different than using flavour infused alcohol...


    5 years ago on Introduction

    can someone tell me in lts the amount of vodka needed bottles here are 750 ml the smallest i live in mexico

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    If you put two solutions of water in contact with each other, water will tend to move from the solution with fewer molecules dissolved in it to the solution with more molecules in it. This is known as 'osmosis'. The force that pushes the water is called 'osmotic pressure'. With the gummi bear, if you put the gummi bear in a solution with very few molecules dissolved in it (like distilled water), the water will move into the gummi bear causing it to expand. If you put the gummi bear into a solution of water with many molecules of solute dissolved in it (more solute molecules than are in the gummi bear), then water will leave the gummi bear and move into the water. When water moves into the gummi bear, you can see the bear expand. However, since the gummi bear doesn't shrink much when water leaves it, it appears the gummi bear stays the same.

    So the last question to answer is if salt water has more solute molecules in it than the gummi bear (you know by your experiment that it does, but we can prove it with some math too). You can dissolve roughly 400g of salt (NaCl) in 1kg water at room temperature. That's roughly 2/3 of a mole of salt molecules, (google "mole unit" to learn more about what a mole is in chemistry). Because a single molecule of gelatin weighs 10,000 times more than one of table salt, if you had the same mass of gummi bears as the salt solution (1 kg + 0.4 kg), or 1.4kg total, you would have only 1/25th of a mole. So the salt solution has around 10-20 times the number of molecules as the gummi bear. Because there are more solute molecules in the salt water, the water moves out of the gummi bear, and hence the gummi bear does not expand.

    Hope this helps,



    so the conclusion is to buy gummy satured gummy bears


    6 years ago on Step 2

    Can you freeze the gummies and will they thaw ok? Has anyone experimented to see how long they take to thaw at room temperature?


    6 years ago on Step 4

    I just started soaking the gummies 12 hours ago (using Tequila instead of vodka) and I went to stir them this morning and they're a gelatinous glob );
    The only 'survivors' are the green ones. Not tossing them yet; surely I can find a way to re-form the glob into bite size morsels....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, I am going to make Rummy-Bears. Mai Tai or Pina Colada
    Pacific or Caribbean, Decisions,decisions,decisions.

    1 reply

    Can you use ever-clear or Moon shine in this or does the Alcohol have to be a certain proof. They are great with the vodka, I also added some fruit punch to my to cut the taste. You don't need many of these to get really wasted. Our girls night in turned in to a sleep over because we all have about 5 to many. after the 1st 5. I didn't want anyone driving so they all called their husbands and decided to just stay and have breakfast the next morning. we had a great breakfast with about 20 people. Wives, husbands and all the kids. It was great.

    We are going to try it this time with moonshine. Another sleep over (this time planned) then breakfast in the morning with the families.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've made these before using the recipe and they turned out to be so delicious :D I will have to make these again for sure :)


    7 years ago on Step 4

    If any of you have a instant marination machine-- these gummies take 3 hours in the fridge under vacuum. I've done it before with my instant marinatior. This works great right before the party. I suppose you could achieve the same effect with Tupperware and a vacuum, just need the proper seal. mind you it would cut the planning down by 8 days.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     People!  Does anyone try these recipes?  THIS IS A JOKE!  Someone is trying to get you to waste perfectly good gummy bears.  Think about it... add alcohol to something that is made to dissolve in your mouth/stomach and what happens?  THEY DISSOLVE!

    Just to prove it, I tried about a 1/4 cup of vodka with about 20 gummies.  Within 24 hours, I had a purple sticky ooze.  Photo attached!

    THIS iS A JOKE, PEOPLE!  Don't believe everything you read.

    Too funny!

    Photo on 2010-05-28 at 14.59.jpg
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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Obviously, people HAVE tried this and it has worked. Sorry you have failed in your endeavor.