Champagne Jell-O Shots are the best way to celebrate any occasion! Use lemonade, real sparkling wine, vodka and gelatin to create this festive party treat and welcome the new year.
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If you celebrate, I hope you had an awesome Christmas. It was so great to spend time with my family yesterday, but I can’t believe 2014 will be over in less than a week. So crazy!
With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, it’s time to figure out your party plans and make a list of new year’s resolutions. You should add ‘making Champagne Jell-O shots’ to the list, because these little guys are amazing.
I haven’t made Jell-O shots since college (and even then I didn’t make them a lot). I can tell you that college-level Jell-O shots are gross — and I write that with the utmost nostalgic fondness.
Once, I helped a friend make hundreds of tiny cups filled with boozy, bright blue jiggly stuff for a party. Back then they were just fun treats for tailgates and house parties, and I can’t say I’ve missed them all that much.
Recently, though, I decided to look into different kinds of Jell-O shots. I wanted to up my game, and see if they could be more appetizing. I wondered:
Can you make them with plain gelatin, not Jell-O? (Yes.)
Can you make them with other liquors, not just vodka? (Yes.)
Can they look more edible, not brightly colored or with artificial flavoring? (Yes.)
This was all delightful news, and I was glad to stumble across some recipes for champagne Jell-O shots. How perfect for New Years Eve!
Champagne Jell-O shots are tiny, gorgeous cups filled with champagne-flavored gelatin and a mixture of plain or lemon-flavored vodka and sweet sparkling wine, then topped with glittery gold and white sprinkles.
These Jell-O shots would be a perfect companion for New Year’s Eve, and you could even make lots of them for a large party to avoid buying cases of champagne.
To make them, you’ll need little shot glasses! I like these plastic shot glasses for a party, but these small ones have lids for transporting them. Or, go green and use a set of glass shot glasses that you can wash and reuse. Even fancier would be serving them in coupe glasses with spoons!
I find that a light coat of cooking spray helps the Jell-O shots to pop out of the glasses better! (And faster!) I like this refillable spray can for cooking spray.
I already have some New Year’s plans lined up, but if I were celebrating at home, I would definitely be making these again. They’d also be wonderful for a bachelorette party, or any celebration, really. They are so much fun!
Throughout 2014, I shared a lot of different cocktails with champagne or prosecco as a primary mixer, so I wanted to do something a little different for the blog for New Year’s.
If you’re feeling more traditional, here are a few of my favorite champagne-based cocktails:
Wishing you the happiest of New Years weeks! I’ll be posting on a regular schedule next week. // susannah
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Yields 12 Jell-O shots
A sparkly gelatin alcoholic treat
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
4 hrTotal Time
- Prepare molds. (I used plastic shot glass cups, but you can also use cupcake wrappers or mini-muffin tins.) Spray them lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle the sanding sugars in the bottoms of the molds.
- Soften gelatin. Whisk together sparkling cider or lemonade with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over top and allow to rest for 5 minutes until gelatin is softened and the liquid’s surface appears slightly wrinkled.
- Dissolve the gelatin. Warm the liquid over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not let boil. Remove from heat.
- Add liquor. Whisk in the vodka and champagne.
- Fill the molds. Distribute the liquid evenly among the molds. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.
- Serve. If using a mold (in lieu of cups), dip bottom of pan into hot water for 5 seconds. Run a paring knife around the edge of the Jell-O to loosen. Flip out the molds onto a wax paper-lined surface. Keep chilled until serving. Sprinkle with more sanding sugars before serving.
I tried both lemon vodka and plain vodka in this recipe, and both were excellent.
Adapted from 40 Aprons
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