I first heard about homemade Skittles Vodka a few years ago now but I’ve never actually got around to making it until last week – probably because I was a bit dubious about it tasting as nice as people said it did and I didn’t want to waste perfectly good vodka!
I don’t have as many photos of this as I really should have for a tutorial type post but that’s because I took the photos on Mr Frugal’s phone which he then wiped and did a factory re-set on without saving the photos. Clever or what?
I do have a few though from Instagram so I’m going to make do with what I have and hope it’s enough to make you want to make your own Skittles vodka.
For all that I’ve heard lots about making Skittles Vodka, I had trouble finding specific instructions when I searched online. Lots of people mix all the colours into one drink (excluding the green which apparently gives a sour taste) but others prefer to keep the colours separate and many only ever make one colour as it’s their favourite by far.
I decided to make a little of everything so I could see which was my favourite and if it was worth making again.
I bought a 750ml bottle of vodka and two party size bags of Skittles for my vodka and I made it in small plastic drinks bottles that I’ve been saving just for this.
Each bottle got 125ml Vodka (or thereabouts) and 35 Skittles of the same colour and the spare bottle got 7 Werthers Originals rather than a mix up of all the Skittles.
This is the bottles a couple of hours after I added the Skittles in, you can see how the Skittles have started to dissolve and leave a bit of a layer of froth but don’t worry as this gets filtered out before you drink it.
I left the bottles overnight and then the next day, I gave them a good shake and filtered them through a cheap paper coffee filter that I got in a pack from the pound shop. Some online suggestions advised that you could filter through kitchen roll, a t-shirt or even a pair of tights but I decided to go with the most hygienic method! 😉
After filtering, I put the plastic bottles in the freezer and left them until we were ready to drink them. They don’t freeze as the Vodka has a higher freezing point but they do taste even nicer when they’re ice cold!
We’ve had a try of them all and the purple one (is it grape or blackurrant) along with the lemon one are our favourites so next time, I think we might just stick to the two colours and make more of each. I’m even going to make some as a homemade Christmas present for one of my friends although I would obviously put that in a nice glass bottle with a pretty label.
Which reminds me, I did see a site who had free downloadable labels for Skittles vodka but I’m sure you can make your own and personalise them a little bit if it’s for a gift.
Skittles Vodka isn’t the only way you can ‘upgrade’ your spirits though, check out all these other ways to do it:
This Damson Gin recipe over on Being Mrs C sounds delicious and much healthier than my Skittle Vodka – it would definitely count as one of your five a day wouldn’t it?
For another fruity idea, you could try Bramble brandy from Aly who always inspires me with her homemade goodies.
This recipe for Cherry Vodka from Helen literally has me drooling and I love the way it’s presented – perfect for a gift for someone.
Another one that has my mouth watering is Amanda’s Spiced Vodka recipe although it looks so pretty, I’d almost be tempted just to leave it in the bottle. Almost.
Amanda’s Elderflower vodka looks just as good as her spiced vodka and I love the idea of this and the Elderflower cordial recipe in the same post.
Another one I love is Liz’s recipe for homemade Cassis which I’ve never tried but the idea of a Kir Royale on Christmas morning is very tempting.
I’m a wine drinker mostly so I was really interested to read how to turn water into wine at home. It brought back memories of my dads home brew from when I was younger although Liz makes it sound so much easier than when my Dad used to do it!
And just when I was starting to think I was the only unhealthy one who used sweets and not fruit, the lovely Helen comes along and makes me feel better with her gorgeous recipes for Malteser Vodka and Toffee Vodka .
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