A delicious flavored vodka recipe that can be customized to your favorite candy flavor, today’s Skittles Moonshine uses a quick and easy Skittles Simple Syrup to make a flavored vodka recipe perfect for enjoying straight-up or using to whip up candy-infused cocktails!
Skittles Flavored Vodka Recipe
Now, full disclosure: I don’t like Skittles. The texture of the crunchy shell with a gummy center has never been my thing. But I wanted to make this Skittles vodka as a special birthday treat for my Skittles-loving friend and even I found it pretty tasty!
This Skittles vodka recipe was made with Mixed Berry Skittles and I knew that the color combination of the Skittles would turn out to be purple, which worked perfectly for that flavor.
However, if you wanted to make a different flavor or use traditional Skittles that come in a bigger assortment of colors (purple, yellow, green, orange and red) and apparently each have their own flavors (I’ll take their word for it), you might want to separate out your Skittles. You could stick to single-color Skittles vodka flavors (like using the red ones to make a Strawberry Skittles vodka), or combine colors to make different flavor combinations – like using the yellow and green skittles to make a Lemon-Lime Skittles vodka.
It’s candy vodka – have fun and experiment with it!
You can replicate this process to make a variety of candy-flavored vodkas, using butter candies, hard peppermint candies, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, etc.
Alternative Method: While I liked making a quick simple Skittles simple syrup, if you don’t want to water down your finished vodka, you can alternatively just place the Skittles directly in a bottle or container of vodka and let them partially dissolve. However, without cooking the Skittles, they won’t fully dissolve and you will need to strain out the undissolved pieces. You will also need to let this mixture sit for at least a day, shaking it every few hours, to assist the Skittles with dissolving.
You can also cook down your simple syrup to be thicker and more concentrated than I did. I personally wanted my vodka to be a bit watered down, so this method is what worked best for me.
Fun fact: the little white S that marks every Skittle is apparently made of edible paper! That’s why it can be removed by soaking the Skittles in water. I found the iridescent effect that the partially-dissolved edible paper gave to the vodka almost looked like glitter, but if you don’t like how it looks, you can strain the white residue out of your moonshine by pouring the syrup through a cheesecloth or coffee filter prior to combining it with the vodka.
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More Homemade “Moonshine” Recipes:
- Homemade Strawberry Moonshine
- Raspberry Donut-Flavored Moonshine
- DIY Butterbeer Moonshine
- Peach Pie Moonshine
- Creamy Caramel Moonshine from The Soccer Mom Blog
- Sweet Tart Moonshine from The Soccer Mom Blog
Check out our quick recipe video to see how to make this Skittles-flavored candy vodka, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Skittles Vodka Ingredients
Tip: check out the alternative methods listed above to pick the method that works best for the final product you want to achieve.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring Cups
- Gallon-sized Mason Jar
- Pretty Glass Bottle <– if you want something easier to pour your vodka out of or plan to make your Skittles Vodka into a gift, a pretty bottle will make all of the difference
How to Make Skittles Vodka
Place your Skittles in a medium-sized saucepan and add in the water.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook until Skittles have melted and dissolved completely, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
To make a thicker simple syrup and reduce the water content in your final vodka, you can continue to cook this mixture until slightly thickened but pay attention to prevent burning the Skittles syrup.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. If you don’t like the iridescent effect seen here, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
Place the Skittles syrup in a gallon-sized mason jar and add in the vodka. Secure your lid and give the jar a healthy shake.
Loosen the lid, then place jar in a cool spot at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Enjoy straight-up or mixed into cocktails.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our Skittles Moonshine recipe:
- 1 cup Skittles
- 1 cup Water
- 4-6 cups Vodka
- Place your Skittles in a medium-sized saucepan and add in the water.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook until Skittles have melted and dissolved completely, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
- To make a thicker simple syrup and reduce the water content in your final vodka, you can continue to cook this mixture until slightly thickened but pay attention to prevent burning the Skittles syrup.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. If you don't like the iridescent effect seen here, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
- Place the Skittles syrup in a gallon-sized mason jar and add in the vodka. Secure your lid and give the jar a healthy shake.
- Loosen the lid, then place jar in a cool spot at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Enjoy straight-up or mixed into cocktails.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 826Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope you love this homemade moonshine recipe – please let me know if you come up with any interesting cocktails or flavor combinations using it!