9. Make lolly infused vodka

I remember in my late teens every second party included numerous shots of vodka jellies, or jello shots as they are called in America, an amazing blend of sweet and alcohol. Just as I liked it back then, when the only alcohol I drunk was vodka mixes and a sickly sweet fruit wine called Passion Pop.

Enter the lolly vodka. I have thought about doing vodka infusions many times and when I saw the colours of these I knew it had to go on my 27 list.

_MG_0030I couldn’t find any colourful boiled sweets in my local supermarkets (I have four supermarkets in easy walking distance and I checked them all over the course of a few weeks), so I concluded that the UK didn’t do boiled sweets* and searched the internet for other options.

Turns out, just about any lolly will melt in vodka, marshmallows, peppermints, gummy bears, Starbursts, salted caramels, pretty much anything. But for the extreme colour I wanted, I chose Skittles. I used two family packs and picked out my favourite berry flavours.

_MG_0051Skittles are a little more time consuming as they don’t completely dissolve, you have to filter all the waxy bits out before drinking it. I let mine sit over night then filtered it and gave it a taste.

The colour is awesome but aside from a bit more sweetness it didn’t really offer much taste. I mixed mine with Sprite and I loved the look, but I only got a slight hint of Skittles in the after taste if I really looked for it. Maybe I needed more Skittles?

_MG_0118*Disclaimer: I probably could have found some in those specialist sweet shops that stock all the nostalgic lollies no longer stocked in your everyday shops, but I didn’t want to pay those prices.

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New Year’s Resolve

Happy New Year!! Here’s to new adventures in 2015!

I have three resolutions for the year:

  • Continue working through my 27 List and on this blog.
  • Save to buy a house sometime in the future.
  • Print photos and display them somehow.

I am now the joint owner of a DSLR camera which I am slowly learning to operate. So my resolution is to motivate me to learn to take good photos that I want to print and share.

I hope you had a nice and relaxing holiday season. I spent Christmas in Canazei, Italy with my boyfriend’s family learning to ski.

20141220_C70D_ParryChristmasDolimitesItaly_2482_SelectHere is me looking like a baby giraffe learning to stand, but I had a pretty good handle on it after three days on the mountain.

20141220_C70D_ParryChristmasDolimitesItaly_2779_SelectIt was a good chance to practice with the new camera taking pictures of the stunning Dolomiti mountains.

Lake Fedaia Before The FreezeLake Fedaia. Photo credit goes to my boyfriend.