Why should the boozing folks have all the flavored fun? Here are some Jello shot ideas for the Designated Driver in your group. Because unusual flavors make things more fun!
The baking pans made for miniature cupcakes, with the paper liners, make excellent molds for gelatin shots (cocktail or mocktail version). The paper liners make it easy to form and serve the Jello shots, and they allow you to remove and handle the gelatin without having to touch the gelatin itself
Step 1: Version 1: Based on Flavored Sweetened Gelatin Mix.
The first way to make Mocktail Jello Shots is to start with a flavored gelatin mix. I made two recipes based on pre-flavored gelatin. One was based on two pre-flavored mixed together: lemon flavor and lime flavor; simply mix the power together and then continue according to the box directions. The other was based on cherry flavored gelatin and included added flavors.
I prefer my Jello shots to be a little bit more dense than a gelatin mixed for use as a dessert dish. This is particularly true if I'm including flavorings in addition to plain water. Mixing it with about 3/4 of the liquid seems to be a pretty good balance between having a more durable texture but not being chewy.
Flavored syrups, like the kind used in flavored coffee drinks and Italian soda, make for good flavor enhancers.
I mixed cherry flavored mix according to the box directions but replaced about half of the cold water with vanilla-flavored syrup.
Step 2: Starting With Unflavored Gelatin
Starting with unflavored gelatin gives you even more possibilities for flavored gelatin shots.
I made gelatin shots with the same flavor as a Shirley Temple cocktail (the original mocktail!).
Instead of cold water, use ginger ale that has been stirred until the carbonation had outgassed. Then add a couple of tablespoons of grenadine syrup to taste.
Step 3: Presentation
In addition to the gelatin itself, in its paper wrapper, you can also add garnishes or toppings to the gelatin mocktails.
Whipped topping (real whipped cream or fake), hot sauce, sprinkles, mints... any of these can be used. Try some recipes out and see what works!
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