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Mint Julep Jello Shots

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Mint Julep Jello Shots
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 28
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Mint Julep Jello Shots

For a Kentucky Derby party or any time you want a kick, try these jello shots reminiscent of the Derby's favorite drink.

Ingredients

1/2
cup fresh mint leaves, packed
1/2
cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
2
cups cold sparkling water (or, for sweeter shots, 7-Up or Sprite™)
2
envelopes unflavored gelatin
1
cup clear whiskey (such as Jim Beam™ Jacob's Ghost™ White Whiskey)
Fresh additional mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Place fresh mint leaves in a small dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Using a muddle stick or a wooden spoon, press down on the leaves and twist. Repeat the action several times until the mint leaves release oil and smell minty. Set aside.
  • 2 Pour sparkling water (or soda) into a medium pan. Sprinkle gelatin powder over the water; whisk to combine and let stand 5 minutes.
  • 3 Add 1/2 cup of sugar and the muddled mint leaves to the pan. Whisk to combine. Cook mixture over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, whisking gently until mixture is hot and sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • 4 Strain the liquid to remove the mint leaves. Return liquid to the pan and add the whiskey.
  • 5 Spray silicone molds with cooking spray to allow easy release after gelatin is set. Wipe excess spray from molds. Carefully pour liquid into the molds. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until fully set.
  • 6 Remove from molds and place on tray or small appetizer plates. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
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Mint Julep Jelly Shots

As prepared by tbspSusan,

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:

 

Ingredients for Mint Julep Jelly Shots recipe.

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:

 

Bowl of mint leaves.

Muddling means to mush the mint leaves just a tad to release their oils.

 

How to muddle mint leaves.

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...

 

mint julep jelly shot

First, prep your molds with cooking spray. This will make for easy release later on.

 

mint julep jelly shot

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.

 

Heat ingredients until sugar is dissolved.

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 leaves from the liquid.

Strain the mint out of the liquid and add the clear whiskey.

 

Pour gelatin mixture into the molds.

Carefully pour the liquid into your little molds. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer  ‘til they’re good ‘n set.

 

And...They're Off!


What a finish! Go ahead and serve 'em up!

 

Place mint julep jelly shots on a silver platter to serve.

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.

 

mint julep jelly shot

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!

 



 
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Tips  

If you only have one mold, keep the extra gelatin mixture from setting by putting it in a pan of warm water on the counter. This way, you can make the second batch after the first is set.

Mint juleps are traditionally made with Kentucky bourbon, but we used clear Kentucky White Whiskey in this recipe to make it light colored instead of dark bourbon colored. Use bourbon if you would prefer, or if you are not a bourbon or whiskey fan, substitute vodka (one of the flavored vodkas would be great -- cake, vanilla, or marshmallow).

If you don’t have a mold, just use a glass pan instead (9x9 or loaf size works). Spray the pan with cooking spray and gently wipe with paper towel. Pour all the liquid into the pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight until fully set. Cut the gelatin into small squares to serve.

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