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Candy and rainbows may seem like the stuff of child's play, but that doesn't have to be the case. Whip up a batch of Skittles shots for your next adults-only party to taste the rainbow in a whole new way: with alcohol!

Skittles Vodka Shots

Craft a full rainbow's worth of tinted, slightly fruity vodka options for a colorful take on custom drink shots. This recipe is best prepared the night before your soiree, as it takes time for the Skittles to dissolve. Purchase as much vodka as you think you'll need for your party, depending on the number of guests. Any leftover Skittles vodka can be stored in the fridge in a sealed glass container or vodka bottle.

  • Separate all the Skittles colors in a 1-pound bag. Place each individual color into separate clean glass jars such as canning jars. Fill each jar 1/3 to 1/2 with Skittles of the same color; then fill the rest of the way with unflavored vodka. The amount of Skittles doesn't matter, as even 15 to 20 in a 12-ounce jar will sufficiently tint the vodka. 
  • Place the lid on each jar; then allow the Skittles to dissolve overnight. Swirl the jars once in a while to help the Skittles dissolve. 
  • Filter out the remaining solids from the Skittles by pouring the tinted vodka through a coffee filter inside a strainer or funnel, allowing the strained vodka to flow into a clean glass jar. Repeat this for each of the five colors, placing the lids atop the jars once finished. Note: Use fresh coffee filters for at least the green and purple Skittles to prevent colors from bleeding into the next vodka batch.  

Chill the Skittles vodka jars in the refrigerator for several hours or until party time. Pour the vodka into individual shot glasses for each guest, or set the shot glasses out in a line, pouring one color into each for a rainbow drink display.

Smirnoff Skittles Recipe

Smirnoff Ice Skittles Bombs are the perfect refreshing drink for a summer cookout or an evening out on the patio with friends. To make these, remove the lids from six or so Smirnoff Ice bottles. Feel free to make as many as you'd like, depending upon the number of guests.

Place 15 to 20 of a single color of Skittles into each bottle, such as red in one, purple in another. It doesn't matter whether you use original or Tropical Skittles or one of the limited-edition seasonal releases; the goal is to go for color.

Allow the Skittles to dissolve in the alcohol for a bit. Smirnoff Ice may foam out over the top of the bottle in some cases, so do this outdoors or in a sink to contain the mess.

Place the bottles in the freezer for 30 minutes or so to chill them even more; then serve to guests. These can also be used to make Skittles shots by pouring a little of the colored Smirnoff Ice into individual shot glasses.

Skittles Shots Variation

This version of a Skittles shot doesn't use Skittles at all, but it is fruity and colorful. The end result looks more like a fruity punch or guava juice rather than an artificially dyed drink.

Pour 1 ounce each of vodka, sour mix and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Add 2 teaspoons each of grenadine and creme de banana to the shaker; feel free to use less of the banana flavoring if you prefer. Cover the shaker, shake things up, then strain into four shot glasses.

Feel free to change things up a bit more by replacing the creme de banana with pineapple juice or your favorite fruit drink or juice flavor.

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