J-e-l-l-o

Ten years ago at my wedding, we served “gelee” shots. A refined gals Jello shot, if you will. Gin, tonic and gelatin, the recipe was hot off the press at Bon Appetite when my mom read about them and convinced our caterer to try to recreate them en mass.  Sliced in a square and served on a lime, they were passed like an appetizer on a tray and a hit with our guests. Since then, jello/gelee shots have kind of been my thing…below are a few of my favorite recipes. But don’t serve these in a plastic cup- to up your jello shot game, invest in a small round cookie cutter and add a garnish.

(You can technically add gelatin to any of your favorite cocktails, so get a little creative. A tequila sunrise – one layer tequila and orange juice another layer grenadine. Or my winter favorite- a manhattan with a cherry suspended in it. Whatever you create, just use the rule of thumb that for every 1/4 ounce gelatin packet you use, you can add approx. 8 ounces of liquid.)

Cosmopolitan Jello Shots:
1 box cranberry jello
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup cointreau or triple sec
splash of lime juice

Dissolve Jello in 1 cup boiling water. Remove from heat and add vodka, liquor and juice. Stir and pour into a 9×9 pan. Chill 3-4 hours or until set.  Cut into squares and sprinkle with lemon zest.

Jello 1

Image Courtesy http://www.tablespoon.com

Continue reading