It’s a new year, time for a new project. This one will cure the winter blues AND your New Year’s hangover. That’s right, it’s RAINBOW VODKA!
Who DOESN’T like to begin each new year with a hangover so foul you wish the sun would supernova just so that it would be sweet, dark, glorious night for all eternity?
This rainbow skittles vodka is so delicious and colorful, it would make even Ebenezer Scrooge feel merry and bright. Appropriate for all seasons and all moods, it can be served sweet ‘n’ neat or mixed with all manner of fizzy things. Serving suggestions to follow!
First, get some flasks. They don’t need to be fancy or even match. But it helps if they’re clear, because what you’re making is going to be purdy. REAL PURDY.
I got these on the cheap at The Container Store.
Then, get a big ol’ bag of Skittles.
I like to get the supersize bags, but you can get as many or as few as you want, depending on how much vodka you want and/or how many skittles you think you can eat.
Step 2: Next (and this is kinda sorta my favorite part), bust open that bag of Skittles and separate them all by color. Be sure to eat a few to “even out the numbers.” You’ll want about 10 Skittles per ounce of vodka for infusing. I usually make a batch that uses a normal size bottle of vodka (a fifth), and so use 60 Skittles of each color.
You can use coffee mugs, like I did, or cereal bowls, or your kitchen counter, or whatever you want.
Step 3: Next, you want to put the Skittles into some infusion containers – leftover water bottles, soda bottles or any other type of container with a lid works just fine. Use a funnel to get the Skittles into your bottle if you need to, then pour 6 ounces of vodka over each color.
Shake ‘em to within an inch of their lives and then let ‘em sit overnight.
Step 4: Shake, shake, shake. Wait, wait, wait. The next morning, shake ‘em again. If they’re not all dissolved yet, give it a little more time or a little more shaking. Once everything is fully dissolved, get some coffee filters or paper towels (or if you’re fancy, cheesecloth might work). You’ll notice there’s a lot of white gunk floating around in there – that’s the candy coating, and that’s what the coffee filters are for.
Step 5: For each color of Skittle, put a coffee filter into a funnel over a bowl with a lip or a measuring cup, and pour the infusion through the filter a little at a time. You might have to use a spoon or your finger to move the sediment out of the way, or use a few coffee filters.
Step 6: Once you’ve done that, it’s time to put the tasty Skittles vodka into their rightful homes – your lovely glass flasks or jars! Use your funnel again, and be sure to rinse it out between colors so your flavors don’t get all muddled.
The delicious finished product!
Serve neat or on the rocks, plain as the day is long.
Mix with sprite or club soda, on ice.
Mix each color with a little juice or soda of its corresponding flavor, and something fizzy:
- red with cherry coke or Hawaiian punch
- orange with orange juice and club soda
- yellow with lemonade
- green with limeade
- purple with grape soda
Handy list of supplies:
- A fifth of vodka (we like Monopolowa, because we get to sing the Monopolowa song, which we made up, and involves clapping and foot-stomping)
- 1 pound bag of Skittles
- Five 8.5 ounce or bigger flasks, bottles or jars
- Five empty water or soda bottles
- A funnel
- Bowls or cups for separating the Skittles by color
- A measuring cup
- Coffee filters or paper towels