We do. We make sloe gin every winter and we also usually do some plum vodka and blackberry brandy too. In fact whatever seasonal fruit you can stick in a bit of alcohol, we do. You need a pound of fruit and a pound of sugar. Leave them in the alcohol till next year. Voila. Strain and serve. I know it sounds a long time but we do it every year so we have a supply going. It's bloody lovely!
I do. I use the cheapest vodka I can find, pour out into a jug, fill bottle one third with boiled sweets, then fill to the top with the vodka. Shake periodically until sweets are dissolved. Smashing up the sweets will make the process faster. Pear drops, rhubarb & custard, cola cubes all work well.
If you have a dishwasher, wrap the bottle top in cling film to prevent leaks, then put the bottle of vodka & sweets in the top rack and run a cycle. The heat and slight agitation means that the sweets will be almost dissolved by the time the cycle finishes.
Werthers Original (the proper hard ones) taste nice too, but they do leave a bit of frothy stuff on the surface. A good shake gets rid of it temporarily - long enough to not look gross while you drink it.
Pear drop vodka is good for playing "name that flavour" with your friends. They'll sit there sipping and thinking and sipping a bit more... always fun!
I do sloe gin and that kind of thing too, but sweets are kind of instant and fun and tasty.
I am salivating at the thought of skittles vodka. I'd have to separate out the colours, I bet purple skittle vodka would be amazing. I am 28 wks pg, so not a craving I can indulge in the near future! Could have the skittles I suppose...