Even though I’ve already graduated from college — twice — this weekend I found myself making up a batch or three of Jell-O shots in my kitchen. It confused the kids and made my husband a little nauseated, but the fact is Jell-O is gluten-free, vodka is gluten-free, as is tequila and bourbon. So it was really only a matter of time before this happened.
However, I was spurred on by the awesome Giuliana over at Lovely Healthy, who came up with this great idea for us to both kind of do our thing, yet in tandem. Giuliana is this amazing, yet allergic, blogger who is all about making delicious, allergy-friendly, healthy recipes, and I’m the gal that will enter that BBQ rib eating contest, as long as it’s gluten-free. Hence, me doing the Jell-O shots and Giuliana turning this concept into healthy, organic, and probably sugar-free. She’s a pro like that.
I, however, am going full-on Jell-O and teaching you all something you may not know: There is an art to the Jell-O shot. You can go straight vodka and be all boring about it, or you can shoot for the moon. I chose, not unlike beloved American poet Robert Frost, to take that road less traveled. Which means, I got creative and made three different varieties of Jell-O shots including the Margarita-ville, the Raspberry Bourbon Fun Times, and the Sorority Girl Lemon Drop. From these combos:
Not so much a recipe as a delightful pairing recommendation for the raspberry, lime, and lemon varieties of the gelatin dessert that wiggles, I’m also going to give you the 411 on which ones are the MOST.
My better half and I taste tested these, and this is where I totally out him as a girly-man. Let’s just say that one of us taste tested these with a spoon, and one of us shot these suckers straight down our throat. What this also means, is we had conflicting opinions on the “best” Jell-O shot based on the fact that we chose very different delivery methods. (Note: You should never, ever, eat a Jell-O shot with a spoon. Ever. Seriously, what’s up with that?)
I personally thought the raspberry-bourbon Jell-O shot was the best. The lime and tequila number tasted like an incredibly sweet margarita in a good way (the hubs agreed), and the lemon and vodka one was your classic lemon drop. The man in my life decided the lemon drop one was the best (it totally wasn’t unless you’re pledging), then the margarita version, and he kind of gagged on the raspberry bourbon. But I’m telling you — raspberry bourbon is a winning combination.
For reals, here’s how you do it.
Gluten-Free Jell-O Shots
Prep time: 2 minutes Cook/Cool time: 2 hours
3 oz Jell-O (any flavor)
6 oz water
6 oz booze of your choosing
1. Pour gelatin into a bowl, add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
2. Stir in liquor.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Pour into shot glasses to set, approximately 2 hours.
Makes: 6 Jell-O shots