I first experimented with homemade vodka flavours a few years ago when I made homemade Skittles vodka but this year I’m taking it to a whole new level.
I was given a litre bottle of vodka a couple of weeks ago and although it was a lovely and much appreciated gift, I’m not a huge vodka drinker so I decided to use it to make a cheeky little homemade vodka gift for one of my vodka loving friends.
I was planning to make Skittles vodka but when I went to buy the skittles I spied some pear drops on the shelf which I thought would be lovely.
That got me thinking that I could go with a bit of a homemade vodka sweet shop theme so I grabbed some marshmallows and some cola cubes too. I couldn’t find any candy canes this early in the year but if I had have been able to then I would have made candy cane vodka as it was a huge success last year!
The next day when I went to make them, the cola cubes had been mysteriously eaten so I was left with just the pear drops and the marshmallows. I used small bottles that I got on offer at B&M a while ago and three quarters filled each one with vodka. I then topped one up with pear drops and one with marshmallows (just the pink ones) and gave them both a good shake.
I still had two bottles left so I looked around the kitchen for something else I could vodka-ise (yes, that’s a word) and ended up making a coffee version by using 3 teaspoons of coffee in one bottle and a mango and chilli version with a teaspoon of chilli and ½ chopped mango.
I left them for a few days everything but the mango and chilli dissolved into the vodka. I did add more marshmallows to the marshmallow vodka than you can see in the photo above, I just added the same amount again when the original ones had dissolved.
Homemade Vodka – the taste test!
I strained the chilli and the mango out of that one using a cheap coffee filter just after these photos as I was worried that the chilli would overpower the Mango. I think next time I’d mush the mango up a little in that one. so there was a stronger mango taste to it.
I haven’t tried the coffee vodka but Mr Frugal says it tastes good but that he would personally like it sweeter so if you think you would to then I’d recommend adding a little sugar and giving it a shake until it dissolves.
The marshmallow vodka is lovely as it is but maybe some pink food colouring would make it look prettier as a gift as it isn’t the prettiest pink.
The pear drop vodka is by far my favourite – it’s just amazing!
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