All photos: Melissa Massello/Shoestring
One of my favorite things about my neighbor Tom is his sweet tooth. Whether he's "stress baking" or recipe testing truffles, brownies, or cookies, it's always a joyful surprise to come home to an invitation to help out in his kitchen — or a gift of his baking surplus gracing my kitchen island.
So, when Tom invited me to help him make a rainbow of Skittles-flavored vodkas for his cocktail party last weekend, of course I jumped at the chance to learn from the master of the sugar high. First taught to him by a friend while at college in New York, Tom has now passed the recipe & steps for making Skittles vodka on to me — and the process couldn't be easier, or more fun.
First, sort the Skittles into separate containers by color and fill with plain vodka (above), cover and shake vigorously (until the Skittles candies look clear/white, like the little pearls of tapioca in bubble tea, below top.)
Refrigerate overnight. After about 24 hours, shake and strain the vodka through coffee filters.
Serve! Try it out with a little seltzer water (below, top), or some Sprite — the latter of which makes for a fun Mr. Wizard-like experiment. When the cold Sprite hits the icy, sugary Skittles vodka, a crystalline foam forms, sort of like a frothy version of Dippin' Dots (below, bottom).
Skittles vodka isn't for the faint of heart or stomach: it's incredibly sticky sweet, and for the sake of your gut you may want to stick to just one Skittles martini. Remember, also, that despite its thick consistency, Skittles vodka is still pure vodka and will go straight to your head — especially if you pair it with these gummy bears soaked overnight in peach flavored vodka, which we also made...
...and which made for a very sassy Melissa, after just sampling the flavors before serving to Tom's guests. (I'm kind of a lightweight. It was an early night.)
For more before, during & after photos of our Skittles vodka experiment, check out my photo set on Flickr.
Have you tried making Skittles vodka (or other vodka infusions) before? Love to hear all about your experiences and results!
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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
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