Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY Wednesday: "Cotton Candy" flavoured Vodka

So I have heard of flavouring your vodka with Skittles before, apparently it's actually a pretty common trend at the moment. And I thought it looked totally cool. But I thought that some other candies might be even better than Skittles. Don't get me wrong, I Love Skittles, but I like to spread my love around... to other candies I mean. Don't they deserve some love too?!? So Ryan and I decided to hit the good old Bulk Barn and pick out some of our faves to try this on  :)

The obvious things to go for are the hard candies like Jolly Ranchers or those yummy Old Fashioned Candy Sticks that come in a million different flavours. I decided to keep it simple for now and just try one flavour as a test. Since Jolly Ranchers have already been done, I decided to test out one of those Candy Stick flavours. So, after much deliberation, we grabbed 5 cotton candy flavoured sticks (and a bunch of others just for eats) and began the experiment. In hindsight, I think it would have made more sense to just buy actual cotton candy if I am going to try a cotton candy flavoured vodka but too late now!!  (maybe I'll try that another time)

Here is what I used:

2 cup (500 mL) mason jar
1 cup plain vodka (any brand will do)
5 candy sticks (I will probably put at least one more in next time)
4 coffee filters

Here's how I did it:

  1. Break candy sticks into pieces small enough to fit in your jar and be completely covered by your vodka.
  2. Pour in the vodka and shake it up
  3. Let the mixture sit overnight to allow the candy to dissolve, you can shake it a few more times during this time to speed up the process if you want.
  4. Once the candies have disintegrated, shake it up one more time, then pour it through the coffee filter to remove undissolved sediment. (I filtered mine 4 times and there was still some left over :(, obviously I need to come up with a better system)
  5. Chill
  6. Get your drink on!

Right after I poured the vodka in

After sitting a couple of hours

This is what it looked like when I got home from work the next day. The candy had completely
disintegrated but left a ton of debris in the bottom of the jar.

This is what the first filter looked like once most of the mixture had strained through,
a ton of stuff was filtered out...

...but obviously not all of it!

Here is the mixture in a shot (which I could not take, anyone who can handle shots is more than
welcome to try this!). There is still plenty of sediment left over in the bottom
of the mason jar  :(

This is how I drank the previously mentioned shot!

I thought this flavour was kind of "meh" to be honest (2/5).  I tried to take a shot of it but vodka shots are just too hard for me to handle!! I was really hoping for the candy flavour to soften the harshness of the vodka more. I'm gonna give some other flavours a go though, and hope they turn out better!

I stumbled across this blog called Candy Booze by a guy who has tried this with all sorts of candies and documented his hits and misses. I am thinking I might try a couple for our camping trip in August, any suggestions?


  1. This is awesome!!!! too bad the flavour sucked. I want a batch :)

    I bet candy canes for xmas would taste amazing!!!! - toss some into hot one's the wiser ;)

    1. Haha yea thats one of the flavours I was thinking, and I was planning on making some for the cottage too, but if you want to give some a try go right ahead, just share with me :P