In the world of Penny's goldfish noggin, there are no recipes. So for those of you who like to be told precisely what to do, not only have you come to the wrong place to find out how to make flavoured vodka, you've come to the wrong place to find out how to do anything. We're primarily concerned with the right side of the brain up in here. At all times.
You've probably all heard about students making Skittles vodka. I had. It occurred to me that it might also be possible to make vodka with other sweets, and guess what? The internet is alive with stories confirming this is indeed possible. Needing another cool gift for my dentist friend who only gets seriously excited about gardening, teeth and booze (and for whom I have bought a jazzy gardening fork and Mr & Mrs tooth-face badges in previous years), I decided to get all George's Marvellous Medicine and give it a go with (the far superior) Barratt's Refreshers.
Guess what? IT'S REALLY EASY.
You do need to invest some time, however.
I bought a four pack of Refreshers and a 750ml bottle of vodka, which I decanted into an large, empty plastic pop bottle (I bought 2 litres of ginger beer precisely for this purpose, and had a jolly time drinking it too). I then sat in front of Come Dine With Me and popped about two tube's worth of sweets through the top of the bottle. Left the whole thing on the worktop overnight, and all of the sweets had been dissolved by the next day. I tasted it neat (in the interests of science, you understand) and finding it still far too alcoholic, I put another two tubes' worth in. A day later, and it was perfect. You could easily experiment with quantities to taste, you just need to leave plenty of time and go slowly - add too much and it could easily get overly sickly so it's worth taking your time to get it perfect.
Next up, getting rid of the hideous looking layer of frothy stuff on the top. You need to sit a funnel in the top of your vodka bottle, lined with either a paper coffee filter, or a clean tea-towel. Then HOLD ON TIGHT and pour the lot in, gradually.
That's it. It'll look a bit like urine, so make a pretty label:
I promise you though, it will taste delicious. Even Sam could drink it neat, and he's not into spirits at all.
Apparently you can make it with all sorts of boiled sweets (if Barratts want to send me any more to try it with, or any vodka companies want to send me any of their wares to dissolve it in, I'll happily sell out for alcohol). I'm planning on making some more flavours to take to Beat-Herder next month, and will report back with my findings.
Anybody else tried to make flavoured vodka? Think I'm a grubbby student? I'm not, you know.