So candy vodka is nothing new. Well, at least Skittle vodka. Done and overdone a million times.
I have not seen, however, too many other versions out there. I like a good challenge, so I chose four different candies. I also went with the green candy in accordance with the upcoming Saint Patrick’s day. You can select whatever color or flavor you like, however.
This is also in reaction to my beer jello shots. Those are a considerably more “manly” drink.
Find the recipe here.
The candy vodka could (depending on how much candy you use) be considered a more “girly” drink.
So which one are you?
GAH! Actually… that is a pretty good looking hermaphrodite. Err, I mean, not really.
But seriously, that guy has better legs than me. I need to work out. How are they so shiny?
I don’t mean to label. I just see candy vodka inhabiting shot glasses in the custody of woo girls.
Ah… we all know a woo girl.
Enough of this gender pigeonholing. I would easily sit there and alternate between beer jello shots and candy vodka. I certainly know a lady or two who prefers beer. I absolutely have seen men order a lemon drop or sex on the beach. For themselves.
Regardless of your taste, these candy shots can be fine-tuned to be just right for you. Whether you want just a light hint of candy goodness to be mixed in with soda water, or a liquor sweetened up enough for straight shots, it can be done.
Here’s What You Need For Your Candy Vodka,
- candy (Are you surprised? Please do not be perplexed by this.)
- jars or containers (depending on how much candy you try to add in, the size of the container will differ)
- cheese cloth (they sell this in the grocery store with all of the cooking tools)
- a sieve or strainer of some sort
The reason I do not list an amount is that this will depend on how you want to fine-tune yours. Read on to decide.
I began by choosing my candy.
Lime green Sour Patch Kids. I purchase four 14 oz bags, generating 2 heaping cups.
Juicy pear Jelly Bellies. I purchased these at a candy store (by weight). I bought 2 1/2 cups worth.
Green apple Laffy Taffy. I grabbed 4 bags, resulting in 36 green ones.
Watermelon Air Heads. Four bags only produced 26 watermelon airheads. Cheap bastards.
The Air Heads, Laffy Taffy, and Sour Patch Kids come in a bag with mixed flavors. I picked out my colors and stored the rest of the candy for future vodka goodness. If you are complaining about leftover candy that will go unused, I will reach through the screen and bitch slap you (but not too hard because I want you to ship the rest to me).
The Air Heads and Laffy Taffy have a lighter flavor, so keep this in mind. If you want to cut out the bite of the liquor, you may need more candy than I used or better vodka. The pear Jelly Belly was the thickest and sweetest,so you could add less than 2 1/2 cups. The Sour Patch Kids were sweet but not super thick.
Another thing to consider is your vodka. I used A LOT of candy. Probably part of the reason is that I purchased cheap vodka.
These are not full bottles. I spotted this size behind the liquor store counter. They are 375 ml and cost me $8.00 each. The price will vary based on where you live. My belief is that the liquor in Boston area is pricier in comparison to the US average.
So if you don’t want the liquor to taste harsh or are short on time go with a very good quality vodka. It will taste better.
I chose watermelon, lime, pear, and green apple flavored vodkas.
Before I show you how to infuse, I will explain how it works.
For the person who wants to infuse their vodka as quickly as possible, you will need to use
A LOT OF CANDY+ MORE SHAKING + GOOD QUALITY VODKA
For those who want a very sweet vodka shot, you will need to use
A LOT OF CANDY+ AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE + MORE SHAKING + GOOD QUALITY VODKA
For someone who has plenty of time to infuse their vodka,
LESS CANDY+ A LOT OF TIME+ OCCASIONAL SHAKING + DOES NOT MATTER THE QUALITY OF VODKA
(You can start with a smaller amount of candy, then taste once it is dissolved and continue to add bit by bit until it reaches your liking)
Obviously the best route is having plenty of time. Unfortunately, most of us are typically short on time. Like me.
So I started with a little less than half of the candy I purchased, allowed it to sit for five days, then dumped the rest in. I was also attempting to make them sweet enough for straight, “girly” shots.
Begin by pouring your vodka into a larger container. Then add the candy in.
The watermelon Air Head looks the ickiest.
As you can see, I chopped up the Air Heads and Laffy Taffy. A pair of clean scissors work better than a knife.
The canning jars were not large enough since I decided a week later to add more candy. I ended up transferring them to large containers.
The resulting colors will not necessarily match the candies. Feel free to label if you think you will be confused.
Every time you walk by the bottles or containers, shake them from time to time. In fact, shake them as much as possible if you want the candy to dissolve quickly.
The Jelly Bellies and Sour Patch Kids were slowest to dissolve, probably due to the getlatin/gummy-like build. I found that shaking them vigorously helped to speed it up.
Based on the vodka I used:
I would say that 2 1/2 ups of Jelly Bellies was slightly too much. The Air Heads needed more candy, and the Laffy Taffy needed more time to dissolve (If you are going for a very sweet shot that you do not taste the vodka.. last year a guy drank straight from the bottle. That is how sweet and infused I like to go). The Sour Patch Kids were just right.
THIS WAS ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS! If you only want a hint of candy flavor, you only need a day or two.
Once you taste it and it seems ready, you may need to get rid of nasty goop and particles.
Use a strainer or sieve, and cover with a piece of cheese cloth. Place on top of bowl. Pour the vodka in.
As you can see, the Laffy Taffy could use more time to dissolve. There are still chunks of candy.
However you choose to create your candy vodka, the results are phenomenal.
If you like dip the rims of shot glasses in chocolate or light corn syrup, then dip in sprinkles, edible glitter, or luster dust.
You can make these for any time of year, for any occasion. Okay, maybe not a child’s birthday party. That would be awkward.
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