Creative Jello (Jelly) Shots – The Good, Bad, and Ugly!



I always fall in to a rut of making the same types of recipes over and over again for a month and then move on to something else. I rarely make anything twice. I am always in search of something new and fun, which generally means that it becomes more complicated with each recipe.

My friend Natalie decided to have a pool party, so I figured that we needed to have some “Jello” shots. Now, to preface this whole story, you have to understand that I have never liked jello shots. The consistency of jello and the thought of letting it slide down my throat makes me gag as I write this. I have no idea what posessed me to begin a jello-shot-making frenzy. I started doing research on one of my favorite websites, Food Gawker, and came up with some amazing options. There were 3 different types of jello shots (because I can never just make 1 thing) that made it to the party, Jager Bombs, Orange Tic Tacs and Lemon Drops. I can honestly say that Jagermeister has no business being in a jello shot. Enough said on that one…I’m not sharing THAT recipe with anyone. Secondly, the orange, Tic Tac flavored jello shots tasted nothing like a Tic Tac. Do the creators of these recipes have no taste buds? The lemon drop shot had a very nice presentation and they actually tasted good. The recipe can be found here.

After that half-failed attempt, I decided I had to try again. Once again forgetting that I do not like jello or jello shots. My next taste testers were going to be my friends at the lake. I always see people throwing around jello shots in those little plastic cups. People seem to love them, so I wanted to make something cooler and better. After doing some research I came upon this website. What an awesome site! I poured through all of the recipes and decided on 3 different versions. They looked simple enough. I decided to make the Hawaiian Shirt Jelly Shot found here, and the Rainbow Jelly Shooter found here. The Rainbow Jelly Shooter was the big hit. It wasn’t too hard to make and the presentation was really cool. I did make one other jelly shot, but it was my own version. It actually tasted great, but the other 2 were the best.

A word of advice about these jello/jelly shots…they are more firm then your normal jello shots, they also taste better and provide you with a level of intoxication that, frankly, I wasn’t expecting. They are just too damn good!



Rainbow Jelly Shooter
Recipe from: The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

Note: I used small, plastic shot glasses to prepare these. I sprayed each one with cooking spray and then wiped them with a paper towel to remove any excess. The shots slid out nicely once they were done. I stored them in a big, Ziploc bag to transport them to the lake.

Ingredients

Red Layer:
1 cup water
2 envelopes Knox geletin
1 box of strawberry geletin dessert (3 ozs.)
1 cup citrus flavored vodka (use a good brand)

Method
Pour water in small saucepan, sprinkle with Knox gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the gelatin dessert mix, stir until dissolved. Stir in the vodka. Pour into mini shot glasses and refrigerate until fully set, about an hour.

Yellow Layer:
1 cup water
2 envelopes Knox geletin
1 box of lemon geletin dessert (3 ozs.)
1 cup citrus flavored vodka (use a good brand)

Method
Pour water in small saucepan, sprinkle with Knox gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the gelatin dessert mix, stir until dissolved. Stir in the vodka. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and pour into mini shot glasses on top of the red layer. If you are adding the cherries, you will need to add them at this time. Cut the bottoms off of the cherries so they will sit flat on top of the red layer without falling over. Gently place them in the yellow layer resting on the already hardened red layer. Refrigerate until fully set, about an hour.

Blue Layer:
1 cup water
2 envelopes Knox geletin
1 box of blueberry geletin dessert (3 ozs.)
1 cup citrus flavored vodka (use a good brand)

Method
Pour water in small saucepan, sprinkle with Knox gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the gelatin dessert mix, stir until dissolved. Stir in the vodka. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and then pour onto the yellow layer and refrigerate until fully set, about an hour. Gentle remove shots and serve within 24 hours.