Shoot the Rainbow: Skittles Vodka

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Intro: Shoot the Rainbow: Skittles Vodka

Vodka = Yum, Skittles = Yum, Vodka + Skittles = Yum?!

Step 1: Ingredients

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

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.

Vodka
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.

Step 2: To Start

Remove the labels from each bottle by soaking them in warm water. This makes it easier to see the dissolving process.

Sort the skittles into different bowls based on color. We weighed ours with a scale to make sure we had approximately the same amount for each bottle (180 grams).

Remove and reserve a small amount of vodka from each bottle -- around 1/8th of the bottle.

Drop the skittles by color into each bottle.

Top off the bottles with the reserved vodka. (Enjoy whatever won't fit back in at your leisure.)

Give each bottle a good shake to get the dissolving process started.  You should see the liquid begin to color relatively quickly.

Step 3: Waiting Period

It may take several days for the Skittles to fully dissolve in your vodka.  Ours dissolved within one 24-hour period, but your results may vary from that.  Every now and then throughout the dissolving period, give the bottles a shake to move things around.

Over time the vodka will begin to take on the color of the Skittles, while the Skittle bodies will turn white and start to break apart. 

If you look at a package of Skittles, you'll notice that besides sugar and flavoring there's also a number of ingredients that give the candy its texture and chewiness.   As your Skittles dissolve more and more, you'll get a thicker and thicker layer of white "scum" on the top of the liquid. This scum layer is pretty horrible and generally not tasty, so it needs to be filtered out before the drinking can commence.

Step 4: Filtration

Once all the skittles have mostly dissolved in each bottle, it's time to filter out all the extra leftover ingredients that we don't want in our finished product.

The original method that we used for this was to run the liquid through a filter made of several layers of paper towels pushed down into a strainer.  As several commenters pointed out, it is likely that coffee filter might be a better solution than the paper towels.  We haven't tried this ourselves, but it sounds quite reasonable and we see no reason why you shouldn't try it.

It will take some time to get all the liquid through the filter -- be patient.   The stuff left in the filter will be pretty gross.  We couldn't think of a good use for it, so we chucked it in the garbage.

Step 5: End Result

Color
You should end up with five bottles of relatively clear liquid. The purple will probably stay pretty opaque. The red, orange, and yellow will be pretty see-through. Green will most likely be in-between the two extremes.

There were some commenters who noticed problems with long-term storage of the purple variety -- they reported that over a period of days the purple color broke into a red with some blue mixed in.  We didn't store our finished product for more than a day, so we can't speak to their experience, however, we don't think it's all that strange a result.  The purple bottle was much cloudier than the others and we're sure they had to mix red and blue dyes to get that color to happen in the first place.  You may want to drink this bottle quickly, rather than storing it long-term.  (We liked the purple flavor a lot, so we didn't have any left after our tasting.)

Taste
So, how does it taste? We found that we liked the green flavor best of the lot -- it was probably the closest to the original skittle flavor and it mixed well with the vodka.  Purple was a definite runner-up in the flavor contest.  We didn't have any of these two bottles left after our tasting party.

Red tasted like cough syrup, which is pretty reasonable since it's a cherry + alcohol mix.  Not our favorite, but if you like cough syrup taste, this is your winner.

Orange and yellow were definitely pleasant, without the cough syrup taste of the red.


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    HunterJ5

    2 years ago

    Does it have to be with Vodka? Will it still work with a non alcoholic beverage?

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    ekluttspsamp

    Reply 2 years ago

    Jolly Ranchers might work?

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    applestickerpsamp

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    LAR6

    3 years ago

    Gotta try this

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    nomesy81

    3 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Rhinomods

    10 years ago on Step 4

    This white stuff, is actually gelatin. ( Also known as cow bone) So vegans skittles are not a way out for you...

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    Grey_WolfeRhinomods

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    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.

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    vandal1138Grey_Wolfe

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    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!

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    chriskarrvandal1138

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    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.

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    prickly veganchriskarr

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 4

    yes, so if we are deserted on an island together, please remember to bring the beer and be ready to massage.

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    RainbowDust05Rhinomods

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    andgreyskiesRhinomods

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    mskaret

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    applestickermskaret

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    teknojo

    6 years ago on Step 4

    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!

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    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.

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    St Jimmy

    6 years ago on Introduction

    A single link explains this:
    http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/208/233/Drool%20Rainbows%20HD.png