Swedish Fish Cordial...It's Horrible!

About: I am a professional sideshow performer and variety artist. I like to build props and cook in my spare time. I have no real workshop so most things are made in my living room or kitchen!

 I have been playing about with making cordials (Infused Vodka) for a while now. I have had some successes (Really good ones) and some not so good ones. This is one of the not so good ones.
I hate Swedish Fish. Really really hate them. Rather lick a hedgehog than eat a Swedish Fish...But I have a friend who is nuts about them. In honor of her (Her name is Gazelle), I made the Gazelle Swedish Fish Cordial. This was inspired by the "Shoot The Rainbow" instructable-Which actually tastes good. 
If you know someone who loves these candy nightmares, make them a bottle. They may think you are the coolest.
Or they might curse you to your grave for having concocted such a nightmare.
First up...The stuff you need.

Step 1: The Nightmare Begins. Here's the Stuff.

 First you need a bag of the little red fruity fish of satan.
Then a 1 quart jar (With lid)
Two cups of cheap vodka
A strainer
Coffee Filters
A large bowl or pitcher
A bottle that can be sealed.

You will need all of this eventually. Right away, you need the vodka, a jar and the fish.
Do I really need to mention that everything should be clean?

Step 2: Mix It Up and Wait

Put the fish into the jar and pour the vodka on top.
Put the top on tightly and slosh it around gently, then store in a cool dry place for a week.
I should have put mine in a closet. I had to stare at it every day as it mocked me with it's horribleness.

Step 3: Get Rid of the Chunks.

 After waiting for a week, put the strainer over a bowl or pitcher (I prefer a pitcher- It makes transfering the liquid easier) and pour the liquid through it, followed by the nasty decaying leftover chunks of Swedish Fish. Ok, they are not really decaying. It is the left over gummy stuff with all of the flavor and color washed out. I suppose you could eat one if you wanted, the flavor and color replaced by vodka, but I wouldn't.
You want to, don't you?
Go ahead, I dare you.
Mine got dumped down the disposal.

Step 4: Filtering Out the Filler

 Remember that cloudiness that occurred when we first poured the vodka over the fish? The stuff that made that cloud is still in there. We need to get rid of it. 
Pour the liquid from the pitcher or bowl back into the jar. Rinse the bits of dead fish candy from the strainer and put a coffee filter into it. Restrain the liquid from the jar back into the pitcher through the coffee filter. It will probably take two or more filters. The gunk still left in the vodka tends to slow the stream down to a drip very quickly.

Step 5: Make It Go Away.

 Last step. Just bottle it up so that it looks pretty and give it away to someone that appreciates the special nastiness of Swedish Fish. Like my unusual friend Gazelle. I think she'll love it.
I did try a sip. Now I hate Swedish Fish even more.
Sure does look pretty though!



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    15 Discussions


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    they are waaaayyy too soft for that lol. im making some now. filtering proccess is slow as hell though.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Honestly, I hate the majority of gummy candy, including swedish fish. Peach rings are damn good. That might make a great cordial.

    the walking stick

    8 years ago on Step 5

    I am curious to know what it tastes like, since I am in the process of making cordials myself. and I enjoy Swedish fish. however your review of it makes me wary.... but yes, it does look pretty :)

    1 reply

    Gazelle (My friend who adores Swedish fish) loved it! She said that it tasted exactly like Swedish Fish and then made me give her the recipe.
    Give it a shot! I think you will be pleased!


    Aww, I'm sorry you don't like Swedish Fish, but I LOVE them so I'm glad you posted this! Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I'm gonna try it asap. maybe tonight!

    1 reply

    Some I have tried:
    Gummy bears = failed (they didnt have enough flavor to transfer into the vodka)
    those sour/sweet tangerine gummies = worked great!
    Mango Fruit (fresh of course) = awesome
    Peaches (picked from the tree) = awesome

    To try:
    peach O' Rings
    as stated before twizzlers
    canned peaches (for comparison)
    Red Hots

    1 reply

     Ooh...The peach O rings...I do like those! I'll try that.
    I have had success with Cranberries, apples and spice, pear and spice, bananas, chai tea (And several other teas as well)...But I need to try the peach rings!
    Good thinking!


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Well...The official review is in! Gazelle loved it! So, Swedish Fish fans- This is your drink! 


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I love that you posted the Instructable even though you hate Swedish Fish.  I like them but might try this with something like Twizzlers or Nibs.  Mmm. 

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Thanks! I figured out that someone might enjoy it even if I didn't. 
    Twizzlers sounds kinda good! Let me know how it turns out!

     It is much sweeter than plain vodka. Most cordials have added sugar syrup but since the infusion was with actual candy, it wasn't necessary. This stuff tastes like the candy.
    I'll be putting up some of the other cordials I have made very soon. Ones I actually like. The process is really simple but the variety is endless.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     And this is my first instructable...Please comment so I can make better ones in the future!