Cocktail on a stick? You better believe it!
It’s no secret that we Minnesotans take our “stick food” very seriously (it’s an official obsession, per the Minnesota State Fair Wikipedia page
!). As such, it’s no surprise that I’ve been utterly possessed by these “rock candy” effect gelatin cocktails for some time – ever since I first saw them on the wonderful Baker Royale blog
, which featured a dazzling Midori Sour version. The nubby rock candy effect is achieved by setting and dicing part of the gelatin, then binding it with more liquid gelatin– ingenious! With the 4th
of July at hand, entertaining on the calendar, and guests to dazzle, what better time to give Rock Candy Jelly Shooters
a patriotic whirl!
The recipe is easy, but does take a little time to put together. Also, because the gelatin is diced, and then combined, it is much easier to handle if it is able to set and fully bond overnight. Start a batch after dinner the night before your party. First, make the gelatins, and pour into separate pans. Once the gelatin is set, about an hour, dice the gelatin. (You can dice right in the pans!)
Remove the jigglers from the pan, and mix the colors up as desired. I usually have one pan containing predominantly blue cubes, and one that contains more red.
Pour the liquid gelatin to about 3/4 of the way up the cubes. You may have a bit of gelatin left over. Cut and skewer the gelatin within an hour or two of serving.
Although the recipe below is an adult version, spiked with flavored rum or vodka, a kid-friendly version can be made by substituting lemon-lime soda (or even just additional water) in place of the alcohol.
Happy Fourth of July!
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes.