Fruity or chocolatey, simple or fancy, one thing’s for sure: jelly shots always look amazing. They’re also a fun, cool way to enjoy your favourite tipple, and the good news is they’re hard to get wrong. You can create these popular party treats with just a handful of basic ingredients.
What you need
The basic ingredients for jelly shots are pretty simple:
- A base alcohol
- Boiling water
- Sugar – optional, for sweetness
- A container or mould for your shots
The important thing to be aware of is setting time and the texture of your jelly. As a rule, the more alcohol in your shot, the more varied the texture of the jelly and the more time it will take to set. Make sure all your gelatin leaf/powder and your sugar are fully dissolved, or you’ll get a grainy, runny gel.
Feel free to experiment with flavours. Vodka is the most common alcohol used as it’s easily flavoured, but you could mix it up and try rum, tequila or your favourite spirit.
Have fun flavouring
If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s possible to turn your favourite cocktail into a jelly shot with a little bit of tweaking. The key is to maintain the correct proportions of ingredients while scaling them down into shot form. Our clementine & prosecco jellies add a splash of fizz to gelatine and juice for a posh party snack. Try mixing up cocktail combos with a base liqueur, juice and gelatine and find your favourite – from cosmos and pina coladas to margaritas, the possibilities are endless!
Customise your shots
Add a drop of bright food colouring to jazz up your shots or layer up colours into a jelly rainbow. Try setting the jellies at different times or slightly overlap the setting times to create ombre jelly shots.
If you want to go the extra mile, try adding small berries or pieces of fruit before the jellies are fully set for an elegant addition. Or opt for chocolate chips if you’re planning a creamy chocolate shot.
Presentation is everything
Forget your standard shot glass, go the whole hog and try out different moulds, fruit rinds or even cookie cutters to get the shape you want. Mini muffin or cake pop silicon moulds also make handy shot shapes. Drop in some extra additions, like in our strawberry & prosecco jellies garnished with fresh fruit, and enjoy.
Why not try making a batch of our watermelon vodka jelly shots served in fruity wedges? This technique also works well with hollowed out oranges, lemons and limes that hungry guests can help themselves to.
What’s your favourite flavour jelly shot? Let us know in the comments below…