Elegant gourmet jello shots

Not just for sorority parties anymore

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You don't have to throw a raging party to enjoy this college favorite. Wow your wedding guests with these tasty adult-only treats that are as dainty as they are delish.

The latest craze in wedding foods and cocktails is putting an elegant spin on old favorites. These jello shots don't come in a plastic cup. We used silicone molds and shot glasses (and just a little creativity) to give these shots a spin that's fit for your wedding day (or bachelorette party, as the case may be).

Sake-cucumber jello shots

Sake cucumber jello shots

Yield depends on mold size

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ginger ale
  • 2 ounces unflavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cucumber-flavored vodka
  • 1/4 cup light sake
  • Cucumber shavings or slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm ginger ale. Slowly sprinkle in gelatin and bring to a boil until gelatin is fully dissolved.
  2. Add lime juice, sake and cucumber vodka and mix well. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and pour into molds. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Garnish with cucumber shavings or slices.

Tip: To make cucumber shavings, use a zesting tool on the dark green skin of the cucumber. (You can always use the rest of the cucumber later in a salad!) The skin will automatically curl as you use the tool.

Chocolate-orange jello shots

Chocolate orange jello shots

Yield depends on mold size

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 ounces unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate-flavored liqueur
  • 1/8 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1/8 cup vanilla-flavored vodka
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Orange zest or wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm water. Slowly sprinkle in gelatin and bring to a boil until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk and incorporate fully into mixture.
  3. Add chocolate-, orange- and vanilla-flavored liqueurs and mix well. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and pour into molds or shot glasses. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Garnish molded shots with bits of orange zest. Garnish shot glasses with whipped cream and orange slices and serve with a tasting spoon.

Cherry-vanilla jello shots

Cherry-vanilla Jell-o shots

Yield depends on mold size

Ingredients: 

  • 3 ounces cherry-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries with stems (save liquid)
  • 2 ounces unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla-flavored vodka

Directions:

  1. For the cherry layer, in a medium saucepan over low heat, warm 1 cup of water. Slowly sprinkle in cherry-flavored gelatin and bring to a boil until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  2. Add cherry brandy, vodka and 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice and mix well. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and pour into shot glasses until they're about halfway full. Refrigerate for approximately 15-20 minutes while creating the vanilla layer. The layers may not combine well if the base layer is completely set.
  3. While the base layer is chilling, in a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the remaining 1/2 cup of water. Slowly sprinkle in the unflavored gelatin and sugar, and bring to boil until they are fully dissolved.
  4. Add vanilla-flavored vodka and mix well. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cut a thin slice off the cherry bottoms to create a flat surface for stabilizing the cherries when they are immersed in liquid. If desired, cut small squares of plastic wrap just large enough to cover the shot glasses and use a toothpick to poke a hole in the center just large enough for the cherry stem to fit through.
  6. Remove the cherry layers from the refrigerator and place one cherry onto each cherry base layer, centering them in the shot glasses.
  7. Carefully pour the vanilla layer mixture over a spoon (to prevent unintentional divots while pouring) into the shot glasses until only the tips of the cherries are uncovered. Completely submersing the cherries in the vanilla layer will cause them to float on their sides. If desired, use the plastic wrap squares to hold the cherry stems centered by poking the stem through the hole and wrapping the top of the shot glass. Refrigerate overnight.
  8. Serve with a tasting spoon.

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Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.

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