Kerri and her family graciously hosted a very fun Oscar watch party Sunday night. We were asked to bring a snack. I wanted to make something a little festive and glamorous and sparkly to celebrate the evening. But I also waited till the very last minute to decide what to make and hit the grocery store! So I chose these champagne Jell-O shots. They’re a fun adults-only dessert, and they look beautiful on your table or a serving tray. Plus, they’re easy to pull off. Make them the morning of or day before your party, and forget about them till serving time. And while total prep time is long (the Jell-O does have to set), your work time is blissfully short.
It is also blissfully fun, if you allow yourself a swig of champagne before you start.
Champagne Jell-O Shots
- 1 bottle chilled champagne (750 mL) (the cheap stuff will work just fine)
- 2 boxes raspberry Jell-O (get the larger, 8 serving size box)
- colored sugar for rimming the glass (I used sparkly gold sugar)
- corn syrup
You can use any Jell-O flavor and fruit combination you like. The white grape flavor works very well with champagne, and shows off the fruit nicely, too. (I would have used this flavor, but the store was all out.) You can also use any alcohol you like. Just make sure whatever booze you use is chilled -- it must be cold for the Jell-O to set properly. Try vodka with lemon Jell-O and strawberries in a martini glass, for example. Have fun experimenting with all the different flavor and glassware possibilities!
This recipe makes enough to fill 16 large champagne glasses. Serving amounts vary based on your choice of glassware.
|Boil 4 cups of water.|
|Add the boiling water to both packs of the Jell-O mix. Stir for a few minutes until the mix is completely dissolved.|
|Stir in 4 cups of chilled champagne.|
|Pour the Jell-O into champagne glasses. It's easiest to use a small measuring cup with a spout. You can also use a funnel.|
|Add three or so raspberries per glass. If they float too much for your tastes, you can poke them down a little with a knife.|
|Refrigerate the glasses about four hours, or until the Jell-O is firmly set.|
|After it's completely set, it's time to rim the glasses. Put a little bit of corn syrup in one small dish, and your colored sugar in another. Very lightly dip the rim of each glass in the corn syrup, and then in the sugar. Be careful to not get too much corn syrup on the rim! If you do, it will drip.|