Retro Sweets – Flavoured vodka Christmas gifts

Flavoured vodkas

It always amazes me how a taste can instantly transport you back to your childhood. A taste that gets me every time is Drumstick lollies. I used to love them when I was younger. Now I prefer Squashies, they taste like Drumsticks but are easier to eat! I do love retro sweets and when I decided to make some flavoured vodkas for Christmas, I couldn’t decide between Squashies, Palma violets and giant strawberries.

Squashies won! I didn’t want to make a full bottle of Squashies vodka in case I didn’t like it so I split the bottle in half and added Maltesers to the other half.

wholesale sweets flavoured vodka

The bottles were from The Range and only cost £2.49 each.

How to make

They’re really very easy to make. We poured half a bottle of vodka into a clean, empty bottle that had a screw top lid then put a 120g box of Maltesers into one bottle and a bag of Squashies into the other. We actually put a bag and a half of Squashies into ours but we soon found out you can put too many sweets in! They’ve been in there for over a month and loads of the sweets just didn’t dissolve. We had to add more vodka. When I poured it through the strainer today, there were a few bits not totally dissolved so I think a 160g bag of Squashies will do the job.

Give the bottles a shake every few days. When it looks like the sweets have dissolved, pour through a strainer to catch any undissolved bits. Trasnfer to a bottle and enjoy!

I’m considering making them for Christmas presents next year. I if I do, I’ll pick up a couple of bottles each time I go to The Range to spread the cost and buy wholesale sweets to save me money 🙂
You can use the cheapest vodka you can find because the sweets provide the flavour. I want to try loads of other flavours, like pear drops, fruit salads, palma violets and Werthers.
I think making them for gifts will be the best idea because I’ll be able to taste them but won’t have to drink the whole bottles! Contrary to what the husband may say, I don’t drink vodka very often. Anymore.

I think I’m going to have to dilute my squashies vodka with lemonade as it is because it’s a bit too strong for me!


  1. Anonymous 18th April 2020 at 5:16 pm

    can you make the squashies absorb the vodka and just make them be vodka candies?

    1. shelllouise 18th April 2020 at 5:39 pm

      I’m afraid I have no idea as I’ve never tried!

  2. Tasha 3rd March 2017 at 2:41 pm

    What size vodka bottle did you use?
    I can’t wait to make these

    1. shelllouise 3rd March 2017 at 2:55 pm

      It was a litre bottle. We still have some of the squashies vodka left and most of the Maltesers vodka because it’s just too strong for me! The flavours are really nice though 🙂

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