Jelly Shots for the Reception? Yes, please!

Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs

One of the best trends that I’ve noticed taking place at weddings is the “Signature Wedding Drink.” Some couples decide to stick with one drink (hence the word signature!) but others might feature a signature drink for both the bride and groom.

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Another most fabulous idea is a twist on the popular 80’s party staple, the Jello Shooter. The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen has taken a house party idea and given a glamorous and much needed makeover. With names like Twinkie Trifle, The 78, Lucky-tini O’ the Irish and Ocean Margarita your guests will love this unique version of cocktail classics.

Grape Ape! Image & recipe from The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

To read the article on Jelly Shot Test Kitchen and find more recipes, click HERE.

Grape Ape Jelly Shot

Creamy Layer
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 envelope plain Knox gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
Pour cream into a small saucepan.  Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the vodka and vanilla.  Pour into pan and refrigerate until fully set (about an hour).  Prepare grape layer.
Grape layer
  • 2/3 cup flat lemon-lime soda
  • 2/3 cup Tom Collins mix
  • 2 envelopes plain Knox gelatin
  • 2/3 cup grape flavored vodka
Pour the soda and mix into a small saucepan.  Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Stir in the vodka, and pour into pan.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
Remove the pan with the set creamy layer from the refrigerator.  Cut out desired shapes with small cookie cutters.  Gently place the cut shapes into the grape gelatin mixture, and refrigerate until fully set (ideally overnight, to allow the layers to fully bond).
To serve, cut into desired shapes.  Makes approximately 16 jelly shots.
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