Our Mint Julep Jelly Shots shake up tradition with a fun new twist that’ll get your Derby party galloping!
There are two gotta-haves at the Kentucky Derby: horses, and mint juleps. Why mint juleps? Odds are they go well with the big brimmed hats and that My Old Kentucky Home
song they sing at the beginning of the race.
Speaking of the race -- this is a fast one, people, so don’t blink. The best way to keep pace is to start the party early so you don’t get your jockeys in a bunch.
This is where Mint Julep Jelly Shots
come in. The drink version is fine (or should I say, refined
), but these jelly shots are winner’s-circle ready and are so much more fun!
Place Your Bets
If you were at the track, you'd line up to get your bet in before race time. In this case, you'll just line up your ingredients instead:
Sparkling water, clear whiskey, sugar, unflavored gelatin, and fresh mint leaves. That's it!
How to Muddle Mint
First you'll muddle the mint. If you’re not already a mint muddle master, listen up:
Muddling means to mush the mint leaves just a tad to release their oils.
For our recipe, add a teaspoon of sugar to a bunch of mint leaves. Use a muddle stick (yes, it’s really a thing), or a wooden spoon, and gently press and twist the leaves. Try not to totally kill the mint leaves, but repeat the press and twist action until you get a minty smell and can see the oils. Set that aside for now.
Win, Place, Show
So, now it's time to see these little winners come to life...
First, prep your molds with cooking spray. This will make for easy release later on.
Add the sparkling water to a pan and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the top. It gets all weird looking, but just whisk it gently to combine it all and let it sit like that for 5 minutes to mingle.
Put the pan over medium-high heat and add the remaining sugar and muddled mint. Whisk it and warm it up for 5 minutes until the gelatin and sugar are dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes.
Strain the mint out of the liquid and add the clear whiskey.
Carefully pour the liquid into your little molds. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer ‘til they’re good ‘n set.
What a finish! Go ahead and serve 'em up!
Flip the mold tray upside down and press on the bottom of each jelly shot mold to release it. Use a small, very thin spatula to transfer them. Mint julep cocktails
are served in silver cups -- so if you're tradition-minded, serve up your Mint Julep Jelly Shots
on a silver tray.
Don't forget the mint garnish (just like the cocktail version)! Serve your shots with micro-mini espresso spoons to really peg the cute meter. (Find the spoons super cheap at kitchen stores.)
Now all bets are ON that yours will be the best Derby party ever! Cheers!