I have been under some stress lately and really was not in the mood for baking…but did want to do something easy and cute for Valentine’s Day. Besides we were having a family gathering to celebrate the Chinese New Year at my mom’s. I ended up making cheese balls and these jelly shots. I got the idea from Basic Jello Shots Recipe. Honestly, this is the first time that I tasted jelly shots…after a while testing the optimal ratio concentration of vodka and juice I almost forgot about my distress…but please, do not add any vodka if you plan to serve this jelly to kids…I made two batches, one for the adult taste and the other one for the kids.
The ratio of juice and vodka or distilled spirit is up to your discretion and I will not judge you for that…I decided to go with 1 part of vodka with 3 parts of juice.
This jelly shots were a lot of fun! Next time, instead of using flavored red color gelatin, I will use fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pineapple…the kids love it!
Before I forget…
Now, back to the recipe…
Red color flavored gelatin of your preference, 3 oz
Any light color juice, I used Trader’s Joe White grape at least 16 oz
2 envelopes of Knox gelatin, unflavored
Vodka, flavored vodka or any other distilled spirit
For the red color gelatin, follow the instruction described on the box of the gelatin and refrigerate in a square or rectangular container, with approximately ¼ inch depth. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Two hours later or next day, prepare the juice gelatin.
Pour approximately 4 oz of the juice of your preference in a bowl and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the juice and let it stand a minute or so, until all the gelatin has been absorbed by the juice.
Heat up the remaining juice, pour the hot juice over the gelatin and stir until is completely dissolved. The liquid should be clear without any particles.
In case you prefer to add vodka, replace juice with whatever amount of vodka or distilled spirit of your preference. I added 12 oz of juice and 4 oz of pear flavored vodka.
Set the juice gelatin until totally cold. In the meantime, remove the flavored red gelatin and place in a warm water bath to release the gelatin from the container. Flip the gelatin into a flat surface and with the help of a cookie cutter, cut the gelatin and gently place the red gelatin molds into a container that you want your final gelatin.
Once you finish all the cutting, gently pour the cold juice gelatin over the mold and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
To serve, place the gelatin in a warm water bath, and flip on a plate.
Here are more desserts ideas for Valentine’s Day from Simple Recipes [dot] Me…
Meringue Kisses Cookies
Soft Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Did you know that some scientists claim that gelatin can promote joint health? Moreover, there are some scientific evidences that gelatin taken orally can benefit fingernail and even prevent hair loss in men and women.