the fourth of the july weekend is almost upon us! in perusing patriotic recipes, i came across the usual suspects – the strawberry, blueberry + whipped cream parfaits, the cake decorated with fruit to looks like the american flag, + then i came across red, white + blue stained glass jello shots. hello? major breakthrough on the fourth of july recipe front.
while jello shots usually conjure up images of frat parties, these definitely bring a new level of class to jello shots. let’s be honest – these are never going to be creme brulee or profiteroles. however, they are pretty enough that they could easily attend any fourth of july party. + the flavor? surprisingly good! the condensed milk lends a creaminess that makes them quite tasty + the booze is almost undetectable, which is both wonderful + dangerous. so, if you’re looking for a recipe that will stand out from the ol’ fourth of july regulars, this is definitely for you!
red, white + blue stained glass jello shots
makes a whole lotta jello shots, adapted from the jelly shot test kitchen
ingredients for the red + blue jello
2 cups water
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
2 3 oz. boxes flavored gelatin dessert in red + blue colors
2 cups ice cold vodka or rum, separated (i used vodka)
directions for the red + blue jello
pour water into a small saucepan + sprinkle with gelatin. allow to soak for a minute of two. heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes)
pour the flavored gelatin powders into two separate bowls. divide the hot gelatin mixture + add one part to each bowl. stir until dissolved. let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the liquor. pour into four separate containers to chill. chill until fully set, several hours or overnight.
ingredients for the creamy gelatin
2 cups water
2 1/2 envelopes Knox gelatin (1/2 envelope is about 1 tsp gelatin powder)
1/2 of a 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
directions for the creamy gelatin
pour water into a medium saucepan + sprinkle with the gelatin. allow to soak for a minute or two. heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).
stir in the condensed milk. set mixture aside to cool to room temperature.
remove the colored gelatin from the refrigerator + cut into small blocks. carefully mix the blocks as desired + place in a 9 x 13 glass or non-reactive metal pan. return blocks to refrigerator until milk mixture is cool.
once the milk mixture is cooled, divide equally + pour it over the gelatin blocks. skim off any small bubbles that form. chill until fully set, several hours or overnight.to serve, cut into squares + plate.print this recipe