November 1, 2021
It’s time to satiate your sweet tooth with cocktails that taste and look like candy. If you’re wondering what a Skittles drink is, you’re not alone.
There are Skittles shots, Skittles-infused vodka, and even cocktails made to taste like Skittles. Below, we’ll show you how to make a variety of different Skittles-themed drinks. You can decide if you want a drink that tastes and looks like Skittles or one actually made with Skittles.
If you’re not ready to make that decision, here’s some background information. Skittles shots are high-octane and sweet, made with a combination of liqueurs and sweeteners to replicate the taste of citrus-flavored Skittles. Skittles cocktails, similarly, are meant to taste like Skittles but don’t contain any of the candy. This mixed drink replicates the taste of the berry-flavored Skittles. Finally, there is Skittles-infused vodka, which tastes (and is made) exactly like it sounds. This version most definitely contains candy–and lots of it.
Read on to learn how to make each variety of these Skittles alcoholic drinks. One thing all of these drink recipes share is being bright, festive, and sugary.
Humans have found a way to infuse vodka with pretty much everything under the sun, so what was stopping us from sticking some skittles in a bottle and seeing what happened? As it turns out: Nothing. The result of this boozy science experiment is a rainbow array of brightly colored vodka varieties that, much as you may have guessed, taste like Skittles candy.
If you’re hosting a Pride event or you simply want to keep your party decor light and bright, you can mix up a chromatic range of candy-infused liquor. Line up these vodka shots in a rainbow, the colors of your country’s flag, or the hues of your favorite soccer or football team. It’s as if they created this drink for themed parties.
To infuse vodka with Skittles, you’ll need to think ahead. You need to leave the candy in the alcohol for at least 24 hours. First, separate the Skittles by color and resist eating them all. You will need a lot (around 70 Skittles per every seven ounces of vodka), so buy several bags. Then, get out several empty bottles, mason jars, or containers — one per color of Skittles vodka. Place the skittles at the bottom of each bottle, then fill to the top with vodka, keeping in mind the ratio given above. Make sure the Skittles are fully submerged. Tightly cap up your bottles or containers and shake vigorously. You’ll notice that the vodka almost instantly becomes infused with color. Leave overnight to let the rest of the sugar in the candy dissolve, and then pass the infused vodka through a fine-mesh strainer to catch any undissolved bits of candy. Cheesecloth works even better.
Don’t forget to put a bowl or measuring cup underneath to catch the liquid. If you really don’t want any candy chunks, double filter the drink. The second time, use an even finer strainer, like a mesh coffee filter. When you’ve finished straining, use a funnel to help you carefully pour the infused vodka into bottles for storage.
This drink will keep for at least a month in the refrigerator, so it should last for several parties (though we doubt that). Serve chilled in shots or mixed with lemon-lime soda like 7-Up.
Neon green and sweet, this shooter doesn’t take itself too seriously and invites you not to, either. To make this Skittle shot recipe, you’ll need three ingredients that, when mixed, taste like a supercharged version of the citrus-flavored candies. Combine 1 ounce of vodka, 1 ounce of sweet and sour mix, 1 ounce of melon liqueur (like Midori), 1 ounce of Southern Comfort, and 1 ounce of pineapple juice in a shaker with plenty of ice. After shaking well, strain the drink into two large shot glasses and pour this pair of sweet drinks back with a friend. If you’re looking for a chaser, might we suggest a handful of Skittles?
This drink doesn’t contain any Skittles, but is made to taste like the candy. If you’re a fan of this colorful treat but not quite convinced you want a boozy shot, you’ll likely be into this drink. It’s sugary, slightly acidic, and full of rum. You’ll get your evening off to a great start with this highly-palatable creation. Trust us, there are no healthy ingredients included, and that’s what Friday nights are for, right?
Combine 6 ounces of Malibu Rum in a pitcher with 12 ounces of strawberry frozen daiquiri mix and 6 ounces of green Gatorade. Stir the ingredients well using a large mixing spoon, and then pour the drink into two tall glasses over ice. We’re not doctors, but we’d venture to guess that the electrolytes in the Gatorade will help you stay hydrated and hangover-free.
If you’d like to make this drink look a bit more upscale, garnish with strawberries. If you’re prepping this beverage for a Halloween soiree, spear candy or fruit on a cocktail sword and lay it across the top of the glass.
It looks like you’re going to need a lot of Skittles — likely more than you have on hand. Gopuff is here to facilitate your boozy, rainbow-bright weekend. Order everything you need to make candy-inspired shots and cocktails, and while you’re waiting, invite some friends over to help you down these sweet treats.