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Skittles Infused Vodka and Cocktails

What’s better than Skittles? Skittle Vodka! This super easy Skittles vodka recipe will not only show you how to make your own Skittles infused vodka at home, but also how to create custom cocktails using the Skittles Vodka flavors. This is the next creation from the mixology lab from lead mixologist Tara Shinn. To get started, you only need two ingredients – Skittles and Vodka, now it’s time to get infusing! Maybe your night will even end up like this funny Skittles Banned Commercial!

First, separate the Skittles and add to a clean and empty 750 ml bottle. I used 4, 7.2oz packages of Skittles. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same exact amount of each one, a few skittles isn’t going to make a difference.

Fill the bottles almost to the top with a premium vodka (none of  that bottom shelf stuff, or your infusions will taste like candy flavored gasoline), and shake VERY well. You’ll see the outer coating come off the skittles almost instantly and that will get them infusing pretty quickly.

You may be tempted to strain out the candies after the outer shell has dissolved but this won’t add any extra sweetness to the infusion. After all, the super sweet candy flavor is what we’re going for. Shake the hell out of them 2-3x a day for about 4 days. It takes some time to create this infusion but it’s well worth it in the end!

When the Skittles candies are pretty much just a gooey mass at the bottom of the bottle it’s time to strain them. I did this by using a funnel and a coffee filter (yes, it will take a while), but the end product is worth it! After you have strained all of the bottles, you now have your own Skittles flavored vodka to try! It doesn’t stop there though, now you can create custom cocktails unlike anything you or your friends have ever tasted!

First of all, unless you love Robitussin, the only thing that I could find to mellow out the flavor of the purple skittle infusion    was Red Bull, specifically the new blueberry Red Bull (actually Skittles bombs taste great with every flavor), but under NO circumstances should you mix the purple and red infusions- in any combination. They were all so bad we had to throw them out. In retrospect, when I do this again I’ll probably just skip the purple one altogether. All the other colors were a big hit with everyone on my testing panel, both straight (they are def good enough to drink on the rocks) and in cocktails.

Here are a few clear winners of the cocktail experiments:

 

Cosmo-Skittle

  • 1 oz red skittle infused vodka
  • 1/4 oz orange skittle infused vodka
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir.

 Skittle-Drop

  • 2 oz yellow skittle infused vodka
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice       
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water)

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail tin over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Cream-Skittle

  • 1 oz orange skittle infused vodka
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz yellow skittle infused vodka
  • 2 oz soda water

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir. 

Sprite-ly-Skittle

  • 1 oz green skittle infused vodka
  • 1 oz yellow skittle infused vodka
  • 3 oz lemon lime soda

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir.

If you create some at home, let me know how they turn out!
@PatHanavan

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