Jul 042012

Happy 4th of July!! I’m celebrating with these festive jello shots.  No packaged jello here…just fresh fruit, juice, gelatin (and of course a hefty portion of vodka).  

I love jello shots for a party, but don’t love the regular jello options–either you have the one thats packed with sugar or the sugar-free one that is packed with a million fake ingredients.  I used pureed strawberries in the bottom half and lemonade, seltzer, and whole blueberries in the top half.  These are also infinitely adaptable…you can use any type of fruit, juice, and alcohol you like as long as you keep it in the right gelatin/liquid ratio. 

For the mold I used silicone ice cube trays to pop them out more easily (but this was till the most challenging part of the endeavor and there were a few casualties).  These are the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July or really any event!

Red, White, and Booze Jello Shots!

Ingredients (this is will fill about 1 ice cube tray so double if you want more): 

  • 2/3 cup vodka (divided)
  • 2/3 cup lemonade (divided)
  • 1/3 cup pureed strawberries (I put about 2/3 cup of strawberries in my food processor and blended until smooth)
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1/3 cup lemon-lime soda or seltzer
  • 2 packets plain gelatin
  • Optional: whipped cream and extra berries for garnish

Spray the ice cube tray with a little cooking spray and wipe with a paper towel (this will help get them out of the mold).

For the strawberry half:  Pour 1/3 cup of vodka and pureed strawberries in a bowl.  Sprinkle with one packet of gelatin.  Let this sit while you microwave 1/3 cup of lemonade until it is boiling (1 minute).  Pour into the other ingredients and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.  Fill ice cube trays halfway with this mixture and put into the fridge for an hour or freezer for about 20 minutes. 

For the blueberry lemonade half:  Pour 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup seltzer or soda into a bowl.  Sprinkle with the second packet of gelatin.  Again, microwave the 1/3 cup of lemonade until boiling and stir into the mixture.  Take the mold out of the fridge or freezer and place 2-3 blueberries in each.  Then pour in the lemonade vodka mixture.  Put in fridge for about 2 hours or overnight.  

Carefully remove from mold using a knife.  You can top them with a little bit of whipped cream or just enjoy them as is.  Happy 4th!!

  One Response to “Red, White, and Booze Jello Shots!”

  1. So cool! And really beautiful!

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