How to Build a Better Cocktail

October 18, 2019
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    Sometimes when you are coming up with drink ideas you need to think outside the box. Well this week we thought with the box, actually with the contents of the box. That’s right, we’re talking that clear, colorful, jiggly, edible alcoholy goodness…Jell-O-shots. I feel like there are a ton of ways to make Jell-O-shots and depending on the desired consistency a ton of ways to play with them. Here are the two recipes I tried:   Recipe 1 1 – 3oz box of flavored gelatin 1/3 cup boiling water 1/3 cup liquor of choice   Instructions: Boil the water in a sauce pan. Add the liquor and bring back to a boil. Add the gelatin packet and stir until completely dissolved. If you are using a mold, lightly spray with non-stick spray and pour in the mixture. If using a pan, spray with non-stick spray and pour in mixture. Put in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, pull back on the edges to release from the mold or you can use cookie cutters or a knife if you are using a pan. You can also do the traditional method of putting them in little plastic cups with lids.   Recipe 2 2 – 1.22 boxes of flavored gelatin ½ cup boiling water ½ cup liquor of choice   Same instructions as above.   So what’s with the different recipes? Honestly it was because I had a couple boxes of Star Wars Galactic Berry and I wanted to know what that tasted like. The other single box was lemon and actually came with the molds. I ended up using Pineapple Vodka. I’m not much of a vodka drinker but that’s what was available and it actually mixed pretty well with the flavors.   I’ve had a few experiences making Jell-O shots and most of them had been unsuccessful. Probably because I was in college and put in too much vodka or didn’t read directions, or honestly because I DID follow the directions on the package and Jell-O shots don’t work well if you just follow the directions. There’s a little bit of science to it. Unfortunately I didn’t go to college for chemistry…   I wanted to see what the consistencies were going to be like because I was going to physically build a drink. I found a Lego Jell-O mold and had to get it.  What better way to build a drink than with Legos?  So, Recipe 1, it was a squishier consistency, more like usual Jell-O. It held up ok out of the mold but didn’t make for stacking on the other blocks well. It got kind of squished… But it was nice for eating. Just enough vodka that was tasty and fun. Recipe 2, now if you want to build a better drink THAT is the recipe to follow. The Jell-O bricks were the shit. They were strong and could stack really well. The only complaint I got from those was that they were a weird consistency. They were almost like gummy bears. Personally, I liked it.   So to wrap things up, if you want to impress your friends, make them a fun drink. And if you really want to impress them, make one they can play with then eat.

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