It's more than just mixing booze and Jell-O. A lot is in the small technical details and of course the presentation.
Step 1: Background
Let's talk Jell-O-O shooters. Some people think that it is just mixing booze into the Jell-O mix. There is a lot more to be for sure.
First, forget any shooters a bar would sell. They are practically booze-free. They are simply not served fresh enough. Time will allow the booze to evaporate. Any open face container will also accelerate evaporation. Ever had a Jell-O-O shooter that just tasted too much Jell-O and not enough shooter? Now you know why. You probably overpaid as well.
A Jell-O shooter must by its very nature be home made and made from real Jell-O. 'Nuff said.
(this picture demonstrates the mistake that many amateurs make - never Jell-O before water)
Step 2: Presentation Is the Key to Class
Be everything you can be at the party, a sure hit.
I managed to get some veterinary 50ml syringes from a farm co-op, for $2 each. No sharp needle needed of course. Basically you'll package the Jell-O shooters in a self contained, clean, no mess package. As well, because there is very limited air exposure these bad-boys give a 2 oz kick you'll taste.
Step 3: Stuff You'll Require
8-10 50ml vet syringes.
1 cup Quality Vodka, Smirnoff Red
Glass mixing bowl
Glass measuring cup
Step 4: Modifying the Syringes
The hole in the end of a Luer-Lok syringe (the kind a needle twist locks on) is too small to get the set Jell-O through.
Drill out the end to make a larger hole in each syringe.
Step 5: Readying for Jell-O
You need to know to always work with heat on your side so you won't set uneven. If Jell-O sets uneven then you can still eat it in a bowl. But, don't expect to get it out of a syringe easily.
A note on flavors. It's much personal preference of course, but some flavors just do not taste right as a shooter. Never use the diet stuff as it tastes like slurping chemicals, sorry Jell-O. Some of the best flavors are raspberry, strawberry, lime, and that light blue berry one is always a hit.
Stack your mixing bowl, measuring cup and spoon as shown and run hot water till every thing is steaming hot.
Meanwhile use the kettle to cook the water to a rapid boiling.
Measure and pour 1 cup of boiling water into the heated mixing bowl. By preheating the measuring cup and bowl the water remains hot for better dissolving of Jell-O.
Step 6: Making the Jell-O
Constantly stir the water while slowly adding the powder. Mix until there is even color throughout the surfaces. The spoon will show if there is partially set Jell-O to keep mixing and so will the bottom of the glass bowl.
Step 7: Add the Vodka
Add a full cup of Vodka; Smirnoff is best (I heard it has least amount of sugar content of the boozes).
Stir the whole while for a good mix.
Step 8: Filling the Syringes
The 50ml syringes are large enough to require some heave pulling to fill. Pre-wetting with hot water will often help with this.
The trick is that you need to pull hard and ease off if the pull becomes easier and the filling kicks in. Or if you slip.
After several uses you may need to wipe on tiny dab of good quality cooking oil (olive oil prevented the Jell-O from setting) to make the filling easier.
Step 9: Setting the Shooters
Bundle the syringes so they are easy to handle and can go into the fridge to set for 6 to 8 hours.
Step 10: Clean Up
Remember to clean up everything with Hot water, including the counter. Guys, have a woman help with the clean up part, let's not spoil a good thing and let them know we can do that ourselves.
Step 11: No Bragging Required - These Speak for Themselves
You'll have no trouble convincing friends to try these Ultimate Jell-O Shooters. Especially when bars charge >$6 each for their boring ones.
Now, stand back and just look cool.
Note: Thanks Andrea, Moose and Marnie