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. Maybe you can squeeze in one or two more things from your bucket list before the clock strikes midnight.
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.
GLITTER CHAMPAGNE JELL-O SHOTS
I wanted to up my game, and see if Jell-O shots 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 made with a mixture of lemonade, plain or lemon-flavored vodka and sweet sparkling wine, then topped with glittery gold and white sprinkles.
Yes, we top them with glittery sprinkles, because the only thing more festive than Champagne Jell-O Shots would be glitter Champagne Jell-O Shots.
CHAMPAGNE JELL-O SHOTS RECIPE
These Champagne 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.
I find that a light coat of cooking spray helps the Champagne 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 Champagne Jell-O Shots 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
Love these Champagne Jell-O Shots? I’ve got more Jell-O shot recipes!
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- Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots
- Mojito Jell-O Shots
Pin these Champagne Jell-o Shots!
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A sparkly gelatin alcoholic treat for New Year’s Eve
- 1 cup sparkling cider or sparkling lemonade
- 2 packets gelatin (.5 ounces total)
- 3/4 cup sparkling wine (such as spumante, champagne or prosecco)
- 1/4 cup vodka (or flavored vodka)
- 2 tablespoons sanding sugar (see note)
- 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.
The sanding sugars are optional, but create a bubbly look for each jell-o shot. Add a pinch to the bottom of each shot glass before adding the gelatin mixture, then add another sprinkle to the top once the shots have hardened, just before serving.
Adapted from 40 Aprons