Sunday, September 8, 2013

Candy Flavored Vodka

For my sister's 21st Birthday, I immediately knew what I wanted to do for her. I wanted to give her something homemade and unique, while still embracing the spirit of turning 21. The result? Candy Flavored Vodka!

What else is there to say? Let's dive right on in to the tutorial!

 First, let's go over the "recipe"

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Candy Flavored Vodka
A unique, homemade spin on Vodka. Makes a perfect, fun gift for the 21-year-old -- or (almost) anyone -- in your life.
  • (Obviously this will vary depending on the amounts and flavors you want to make.)
  • 1.75 Liter Vodka
  • 5 Empty Water Bottles (one for each color of candy)
  • 1 pound bag Skittles (or the candy of your choice)
  • Funnel
  • 5 Bowls (one for each color/flavor of candy)
  • 1 large Cup
  • Coffee Filters or Paper Towels (I used both)
  • Containers for Your Finished Product I
1. Cover your counter in old towels, newspaper, or paper towels. It may stain if you spill.2. Separate your candies into different bowls by color. I had 5 bowls: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, and PURPLE.3. Set up your empty water bottles. Put the same amount of Vodka in each bottle, and add one color of candy to each bottle.4. SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!! After all of your Skittles are in bottles with the Vodka, shake them! A LOT! You want to shake them enough that the candy starts to disolve. 5. Set them aside for 8-24 hours. I started this in the evening, so I just left mine on the counter over night.6. When you come back, you should be able to see that the Skittles are smaller than normal and the Vodka is colored and cloudy. Give them a few more shakes and the Skittles should dissolve completely, leaving VERY cloudy, colored Vodka.7. Put your funnel into your empty large cup and line your funnel with a paper towel. Strain your vodka through the paper towel and into the cup. Then, pour the Vodka back into the bottle, rinse the funnel and cup, relpace the paper towel with a new one. Strain the vodka again. Repeat this step until Vodka is no longer cloudy. I used a paper towel about 5 times and use a coffee filter about 5 times. (A new one each time)8. Repeat Step 7 for all colors of candy. Rinsing your tools in between.9. When your Vodka is no longer cloudy, pour into your final containers and place in the freezer.OPTIONAL: Make labels for each flavor.
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Here are some pictures of the process, to give you a better idea of how to do it:

Here are my bottles, before they have been shaken, filled with Vodka and each color of skittles.

My bottles the morning after letting them sit. You can see that all we are left with are small white skittles, but they haven't fully dissolved.

How my bottles looked after I them for several more minutes and the Skittles fully dissolved. Leaving me with cloudy, colored Vodka.

The funnel and large cup that I used. The cup needs to be large enough to hold the contents of one bottle.

My funnel, inside my cup, lined with paper towels.

Since mine were a gift, I used some cute glass bottles I got at Save On Crafts and also added ribbon and labels. I gave each flavor a cutesy name and coordinating font:

Galactic Grape

Luscious Lime

Lovely Lemon

Outrageous Orange
(Although, I was extremely bummed that I smeared this label...)

Sassy Strawberry
And, finally: The Finished Products!

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