I always use this recipe at Drink Street to ensure I'm using the proper chemistry for the jello. If you use too much alcohol, you run the risk of jello shots that won't set. Drink Street has a great chart to determine the amount of alcoholic to nonalcoholic liquid based on the proof of the alcohol you will be using. For this recipe, I used 80 proof rum.
You will need:
- Alcohol - I prefer to use light rum. It doesn't change the flavor or color of the shots, and it's more pleasant than vodka. Really you can buy the cheapest bottle off the shelf, because these jello shots will almost completely mask the flavor.
- A 6 oz (or two 3 oz) box of Jello - For this tutorial, I used raspberry, but grab whatever flavor you like. Jolly Rancher put out some jello flavors that are just fantastic.
- Soda or juice that will compliment the Jello - I used peach soda with the raspberry, which made for a sweet, fruity flavor. You can also use juice, which usually creates a thicker texture.
- Small plastic shot cups - You can find these at Liquor Barn for sure, and I would assume other liquor stores will have them as well. If all else fails, go to a restaurant that serves salads and beg for a bunch of to go ramekins. If you plan on transporting them, be sure to get some lids as well.
- Cookie sheets - or any other pans in which you can fill with jello shots while they set in the refrigerator.
- Measuring cups - I prefer to use Ball mason jars because they have measurements on the side AND they double as cups. How perfect.
- Sauce pan
You're going to need three separate measured out liquids - one for the boiling soda, one for the cold soda, and one for the cold alcohol. Measure 6 oz of soda and 10 oz of alcohol and place them in the freezer to chill while you're preparing the boiling soda.
Measure 16 oz of soda and pour it into the sauce pan. Place it on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil. While the soda is heating, place the shot cups on a cookie sheet or two.
When the soda is at a boil, remove it from the heat and add the box of jello. Stir like crazy to dissolve the powder. Then stir in the cold soda and the cold rum. Use a ladle to fill the shot cups with about 1 oz of liquid. Place the filled cups in the fridge if you have some time, or the freezer to chill them quickly. Don't leave them in the freezer for too long though, frozen jello is pretty gross.
There you have it! When they're set you will have some absolutely fantastic jello shots.
Mix up the flavors and leave me your favorite ones in the comments! Here are a few to get you're mind going:
Peaches & Cream: Peach jello and cream soda
Baja Lime: Lime jello and Baja Blast
Watermelon: Watermelon jello and watermelon Kool Aid
Screwdriver: Orange jello and orange juice
From Wonderland with Love,