My friends and I went to New Smyrna a few weeks ago for an American themed bar crawl, and when I found this recipe online, I knew it was the perfect thing to bring. These Jell-O shots do take some time to make (about 5-6 hours with “setting time”), but the actually WORK is minimal. They turned out so cute, and were actually DELICIOUS! I know these will make an appearance this 4th of July weekend at the lake!
1 1/2 cups Vodka
3 oz Strawberry Jell-O Packet
3 oz Berry Blue Jell-O Packet
1 envelope Gelatin (flavorless)
14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Plastic cups or shot glasses
You can start with the red or blue layer – in a glass measuring cup, add 1 1/4 cup water and microwave until it comes to a simmer. While the water is heating up, measure out 3/4 cup vodka. Once the water is hot, carefully pour in the Jell-O mix (red or blue) while stirring with a fork – I tried a layer without stirring and it got congealed too quickly… so, make sure you stir! Once the Jell-O is completely dissolved in the water, add in the vodka and mix. Then, carefully pour into your shot glasses until they are 1/3 full. Place in the fridge and let set (usually about 90 minutes, up to overnight).
After the first layer is completely set, fill a glass measuring cup with 3/4 cup water and microwave until it simmers. Stir in the envelop of flavorless Gelatin, and mix until dissolved. Mix in half of the can of condensed milk, and then carefully pour over the first layer, until the shots are about 2/3 full. There may be a small amount of color that bleeds even when the first layer is completely set, but it settles quite well, and your stripes will still be defined. Place in the fridge to set for at least 90 minutes.
Once the white layer is set, repeat the first step with the other Jell-O flavor. 1 1/4 cup scalding water, dissolve the Jell-O, add 3/4 cup vodka, and then pour until the shot glasses are full. Put back in the fridge for at least 90 minutes before serving.
When I made these, I started it on Thursday night and did 1 layer after work, and 1 before bed… then, I did 1 Friday night since I was serving them on Saturday. The three flavors complement each other so well… be careful, it is tough to taste the alcohol! Cheers to America!