I often receive requests from readers of the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog for recipes.
Usually, it’s the nomination of a favorite cocktail for gelatinization. Sometimes, it’s for a specific liquor. These Mango Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots
were created in response to such a reader inquiry (we’ll call this reader Mr. X, not to be mysterious, but because I don’t know his name).
Mr. X’s wife loved mandarin vodka, and he wanted to surprise her with a mandarin vodka based jelly shot for her birthday, at the party he was planning in her honor. (How adorable is that – can’t you just see Mr. X. in his little apron, whipping up a batch of jelly shots?)
Apart from the classic Cosmopolitan Jelly Shot
, I didn’t actually have any recipes with mandarin vodka. And, as delicious as a Cosmo is, it doesn't quite showcase the sweet orange-y goodness that is mandarin vodka.
While it wouldn’t fit the bill for Mr. X., the traditional Cosmo was a good starting off point. A few minor tweaks later – i.e. a swap of white cranberry for regular and the addition of a little mango nectar – sweet, subtle and ever so slightly tropical Mango Cosmopolitan Jelly Shot was born! I hope it fits the bill for all you mandarin vodka lovers out there (including you, Mr. and Mrs. X)!
Cheers and XO,
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes.