Jello Shots Without the Trash





Introduction: Jello Shots Without the Trash

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I love making jello shots for parties. What I don't love is picking up all those sticky little plastic cups after the party is over and throwing them in the garbage.

Unfortunately jello shots on their own are tricky to pick up and if you skip the cups you're likely to wind up with shots slipping through guests' fingers and landing on their clothes or your carpet.

Inspired by an article on serving cocktails in vegetables, I decided to make jello shots that were easy to pick up and either fully edible or compostable.

Step 1: Chocolate Strawberry Jello Shots


Strawberries (the biggest ones you can find)
Strawberry jelly powder
Creme de cacao
Chocolate chips (optional)

Wash the strawberries and pick out the nicest ones. You will need about 3 boxes worth of strawberries for 2 cups of jello. Cut off the bottoms so the strawberries can stand up but be careful to not make holes for the jello to leak out.  Cut off the tops and hollow out the insides.

For chocolate dipped strawberries, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on low heat and then dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate. An alternative is to drizzle melted chocolate over top of the finished jello shots (not pictured but equally delicious).

Mix 1 cup of boiling water and the jelly powder. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved. Add half a cup of cold vodka and half a cup of creme de cacao and stir. Pour liquid into the strawberries and chill in the fridge until set.

Step 2: Cucumber Gin and Tonic Jello Shots


Mini cucumbers
Unflavoured gelatine
Tonic Water
Lime juice (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Wash the cucumbers. Cut off the ends and then cut each cucumber into 4 sections. Hollow out the cucumber with a pairing knife or small spoon.

Boil 1 cup of tonic water and mix in the package of gelatine. Stir until completely dissolved and remove from heat. Add 2/3 cup of cold gin and 1/3 cup of cold tonic water. If you prefer a sweeter gin and tonic, add a dash of lime juice and sugar.

Pour the liquid into the cucumber cups and chill in the fridge until set.

Step 3: Lime Margarita Jello Shots


Limes and / or lemons
Lime jelly powder
Triple sec

Wash the limes and lemons. Cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice. Turn the lime halves inside out and remove the pulpy bits. For lemons you can use a knife to cut out the insides.

Mix the jelly powder with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/3 cup Triple Sec and 2/3 cup Tequila. Pour the liquid into the lime and lemon halves and chill in the fridge until set.

Before serving, cut the lime and lemon cups in half to make wedges. Right before eating you can dip the edges in sugar (like rimming a glass)

Step 4: Naughty Shirley Temple Jello Shots


Cherry jelly powder
Orange jelly powder
Maraschino cherries with stems*
Lemon lime pop
Grenadine (optional)

Mix 1 cup of boiling water with the cherry jelly powder. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold vodka, 1/2 cup cold water and a bit of grenadine (grenadine optional). Pour the liquid into mini muffin tin, filling them up half way.

Cut the bottoms off of the cherries so they stand up and place one in each muffin cup. Chill in the fridge until set.

Mix 3/4 cup of boiling water with the orange jelly powder. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold vodka, 3/4 cup lemon lime pop. Pour the liquid into the mini muffin tin, on top of the cherry jello, and chill in the fridge until set.

To easily remove the jello shots from the muffin tin warm up the bottom of the tin by setting it in warm water.

Enjoy watching your friends attempt to tie the stems with their tongues!

*Maraschino cherries with stems are really hard to find in Ontario, I finally got mine from Bulk Barn but they told me they don't always carry them so be sure to call in advance.

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    1 year ago

    Nice article. Tried it out this weekend.

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    these sound so good, I bet it would go perfectly for a party in my cocktail dispenser made by these guys :

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    Seriously impressive. I really like this one, and it is about to become part of my party planning. Nicely done!

    For the chocolate covered strawberries:

    You could avoid cutting the bottoms off to stand them by dipping them in the chocolate bottom-side down, then resting them on waxed paper to dry. The chocolate will pool at the bottom making a stand. It would also prevent any liquids coming out the bottom.

    You could probably candy the rinds as well and then they'd be fully edible.... Hmmm.....

    If you wanted more transportable versions, you could try making them in orange peels.

    I think I just found an excuse to throw another party!

    This is brilliant!

    Another happy reader -- I look forward to experimenting with these! And if I screw up, oh well, I guess I'll just have to eat them.

    I tried making the margaritas for a party last weekend. The lime rind really messes with the taste. Am I doing something wrong?

    I also made the gin and tonics. I wasn't a fan of the mini cucumbers, but the jello itself was awesome. I used a vegan 'gelatin' that actually sets better than the real stuff.

    Thanks for posting this, I really want to start experimenting with different cocktails now!

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    Did you eat the lime rind? I didn't intend for the rind to be eaten (although technically it's edible), just tossed in the compost after you suck out the jello.

    I also tried making the gin and tonic jello in an ice cube tray and then putting those cubes on slices of English cucumber. It's a little messier to serve to guests as the jello would sometimes slide off, but it might be the way to go if you want less cucumber per shot.