Skittles Vodka - how we did it.

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday April 27, 2009.

Skittles vodkaSetting it up: 1.75 liters of cheap vodka, one 14 oz. package of Skittles, and some mason jars. Photo by Christy Jerz.Skittles is a cool candy. Not only do they taste pretty good, but the people in charge of their marketing are willing to do cool stuff to get themselves out there. When they were using the feed of people mentioning Skittles on Twitter as their homepage I was impressed they’d take that shot and not worry about what people were saying. It also led us to this project.

Christy saw a link to making Skittles Vodka and sent it to me. We laughed but I somehow had the presence of mind to save the link. I only briefly looked at it and thought it looked really easy. You mixed the Skittles with the vodka and filtered it. That was all.

So here’s how it went for us.

Walking through Costco the other day I saw a big bottle of vodka for $10.99. Nice. Then I thought about the article and went back and grabbed the bottle. It’s a little scary because that vodka is pretty tough to drink. But I couldn’t bring myself to spend any more on the vodka only to find out this stuff sucked. So we got it. The ordeal complicated itself from there. We stopped at one store on the way home to grab the Skittles. None. Then another a couple of days later. None. After three days of (not really, but still) looking I found a bag of skittles that would work. Why is it so hard to dig these things up?

I divided the Skittles into bowls thinking it would be this huge undertaking. It wasn’t. I used a little conversion tool to figure out that 1.75 liters was 59.17454 fluid ounces. There were five flavors, so I poured 12 oz. of vodka into each of the five Mason jars I had to measure it out correctly. I still had about a shot of the vodka left (score!). After everything was measured out, I put the skittles in and closed the jars and shook them up.

I read that the skittles would dissolve overnight, so I left everything for about 24 hours, shaking them a few times along the way. The next evening we had very colorful jars of vodka and our kitchen looked like we were making moonshine for kids.

Filtering the Skittles VodkaFiltering the vodka: To complete the making of the vodka, you have to filter the little white chunks that the Skittles leave behind through coffee filters to clear out the final product. Photo by Ryan Jerz.The next step was to filter out the residue left behind by the Skittles. It was suggested to use a funnel and coffee filters to put the finished product into a decorative bottle. We don’t play that game—we were using the Mason jars for the finished product. That meant we didn’t need no stinking funnel, but the coffee filter didn’t seem like a bad idea. We put it through the opening of the bottle and folded it back. Placing the ring part of the lid around the outside of the jar kept it from falling into the jar and would save messes save the one filter I dropped while full of the lemon-flavored vodka. Oh, and there’s the problem of it soaking up the sides and then back down the sides onto the table, wasting vodka and causing a sticky mess. Next time, we’ll use the funnel.

The other problem with the filtering: It. Took. For. Ev. Er. Holy crap it took a long time. You’d put a filter in, pour the vodka, and it would look like it was going to take about 30 seconds. Then, after about five second, it slowed to a drip. Maybe it was the sugar clogging up the coffee filters, or maybe it was a stupid method. I don’t know, but we would fill the coffee filter up, leave, and come back every commercial break, and it would look like we had left it. What other methods could be used? After all was said and done, it took about two hours to filter 12 oz. of vodka through those filters. That sucks.

After a little yard work, you know what I need? Some lime Ski... on TwitpicGood stuff: After a little yard work, I tried the flavors. Lime was the best. Photo by Ryan Jerz. We finished that night and had some orange juice to try it out in. Using the orange vodka and orange juice was the method we went with. It tasted exactly like an orange Skittle. It was good stuff. I later tried out the different flavors and determined the best one was the lime. The grape kind wound up looking only slightly darker than the red (Cherry? Strawberry?), but they were all good. The one I thought would be the best (lemon) wound up being the least tasty on its own. It actually tasted a lot like a less-aged, cheaper version of the Limoncello we made a while back. Not bad, but compared to the rest, it was the weakest.

I highly suggest you try this out. The total cost was about $15. The vodka was $10.99 and the Skittles were $2.99. Add the tax on the vodka and you have a really, really cheap fun thing to drink. We mixed it with grape soda, 7-Up, and some strawberry-lime Jones Soda. None of it tasted bad at all. We actually kept thinking we weren’t putting enough vodka in the drinks, but trust me, we were. Check it out.

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