July 12, 2012

proof vodka, always the bridesmaid Vol. 93

If you have been granted the honour of hosting your BFF’s Bachelorette Bash this spring, do we have the party starter for you. For more information on proof brands, visit our website www.proofbrands.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

maid of honour 1 package Strawberry Jello  • 4 oz proof vodka • 1¼ cup water • 1 oz lime juice • 1 oz triple sec
Add 1 cup of boiling water to a package of Strawberry Jello (3oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of proof vodka, lime juice and triple sec. Let cool and pour into cups and chill until firm. Garnish with tiny pieces of strawberry or lime. (6 hours or overnight) (makes about 10 -12 shooters) (NOTE: we layered our daiquiri with a thin lime perrier and proof vodka layer) 


jelly shot formula 1 package of flavoured Jello • 1 1/2 cups of water or liquid • 1/2 cup of chilled alcohol 
(for stronger shots use 1:1 ratio of liquid to alcohol)
Pour 1 cup water and 1/2 cup alcohol in bowl and let chill in refrigerator. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Mix it with the powdered Jello until the powder is completely dissolved. Stir in the chilled water and alcohol mixture. Pour the mixture into the molds or lighly oiled baking pan and place in refrigerator 6 hours or overnight. Serve cold.

layering shots You can layer different flavours by making two or three types of jello recipes. Fill all the cups 1/3 of the way with the first batch of Jello. Allow the Jello to set completely. (3-4 hours) Repeat the same process for the second flavour. Pour the second batch into the same set of cups as the first. This will be your second layer of color. Your cups should be 2/3 of the way full now. Allow the two layers of Jello to set completely. Make a third batch and use that to fill all the cups. This will be your third (top) layer of color. Allow the three layers to set completely before serving.

1 If you are making jello cubes or jigglers (rather than cups) or molds, cut back on your liquids a little (by at least 4 oz) and leave it set overnight. Your cubes will be much firmer and easier to cut. 2 When cutting cubes, run a knife under hot water, run it along outside of pan and then cut out your 1” – 1 ½” cubes, continuously running knife under hot water 3 If using a pan or mold, lightly oil the bottom and sides of pan. Make sure that your mixture is cool before pouring into pan. Jelly will just slide out once set. 4 When using Knox gelatin powder, make sure to follow recipe on packet and to sprinkle evenly on cold liquid. Once it is lumpy, it will not break down. 5 If replacing water with juice, make sure to mix juice with some water, as certain acidic juices will prevent gelatin from setting 6 Keep shots well refrigerated until you are ready to pop them! They can melt quickly 7 Do a dry run before the real deal – just to make sure that it works. 8 Have fun!

You are definitely not limited to the Jello brand flavours. Use instant gelatin powder with juices and other liquids to create your own flavours. Here are a few great shot recipes.

proof whisky & cherry coke jelly 2 – 3 oz packages Cherry Jello powder • 2 cups of Coke or Diet Coke • 1 cup of proof whisky
Boil one cup of Coke and pour it into Cherry jello powder. Dissolve jello mixture for about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup proof whisky and remaining 1 cup of Coke. Cool until the liquid is about room temperature. Pour the liquid into your non-stick coated molds, add a stemmed cherry garnish and chill until firm. (makes about 12- 16 shots)


mojito jelly shots 1 cup water • 1 cup sugar • 3 envelopes unflavoured gelatin powder • 1 cup fresh lime juice • 1 cup lightly packed mint leaves • 1 cup proof vodka
In a small saucepan, cook the water with the sugar over moderate heat until the water is simmering and the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. In the meantime, sprinkle the gelatin over the lime juice. Pour hot sugar liquid over this mixture and whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the mint leaves and let steep for 15 minutes. Stir in the proof vodka. Strain the mojito mixture into a large measuring cup, pressing on the mint leaves with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Carefully pour the mojito Jell-O mixture into paper or plastic cups and garnish with mint pieces and lime rind. Refrigerate the shots until they are set, about 3- 5 hours. Serve cold.

pink whisky sour jelly 3 cups mixed pink lemonade (from concentrate) • 1 cup proof vodka • 2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
Make pink lemonade, using directions on package. Boil 2 cups of the pink lemonade. In large bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes gelatin over 1 cup of cold lemonade. Let stand 1 minute. Add 2 cups of hot lemonade to gelatin mixture and stir until completely dissolved, 5 min. Add proof vodka. Let cool and pour into molds and chill until firm. Garnish with lemon peel or small mint leaves. (6 hours or overnight) (makes about 12 shooters)


piña colada jelly shots 2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin • 2 cups coconut water  • 1/2 cup proof vodka  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice, strained
Bring the pineapple juice and 1 cup of coconut water to a boil. In the meantime, sprinkle gelatin powder evenly over surface of remaining 1 cup cold coconut water. Let stand for one minute. Add hot juice to this mixture and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the proof vodka. Pour into cups and chill. Garnish with pineapple spears.


Go crazy using different combos, garnishes, cookie cutters and molds. Just stick to the basic formula. Here are some flavour combo suggestions: Melonball Watermelon jello • proof vodka • lime juice • mint or melon liqueur Tropicana Berry blue jello • proof vodka • blue curacao • 1/2 cup pineapple juice can be substituted for some of the boiling water Bahama Mama Tropical Fruit Jello • proof vodka • peach schnapps Blue Bomber Berry blue jello • proof vodka • basil • 1 oz lemon juice

Insert fruit, candy (try pop rocks – why not), herbs, ice cubes and sparkly water for added interest and textures. Have fun – but eat responsibly.


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