Alabama Slammers

i was never a big fan of jello shots. not only did they look a mess sitting in those little white dixie cups, but the kool-aid plus too much vodka was just blech. but a while back, i came across a book called the jelly shot test kitchen. the author basically took cocktails (think long island iced teas, cosomos, manhattans and lemon drop martinis) and turned them into jello shots! so far everyone who's had some of the batches i've made have really liked them, so on friday, i decided to bring some to my friend's' bbq.

getting the bottles ready

the orange juice base mixed with gelatin

the final product

i went with alabama slammers, which consists of orange juice, vodka, sloe gin and southern comfort. these shots took about 15 minutes to make and were a big hit. you can check out the full recipe below!

recommended pan: 1-pound loaf pan (approx. 8"x4"/ 20x10cm)

orange layer
3/4 cup/ 180 ml orange juice
1 1/2 envelopes knox gelatin
1/4 cup/ 60 ml southern comfort
1/4 cup/ 60 ml vodka
1/4 cup/ 60 m slow gin

grenadine layer
1/2 cup/ 120 ml pomegranate syrup
1/2 envelope knox gelatin

create orange layer: pour orange juice into a small saucepan and spring with the 1 1/2 cup envelope portion of gelatin. allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. stir in the southern comfort, vodka, and sloe gin. pour mixture into loaf pan. place in refrigerator to cool while preparing grenadine layer.

create grenadine layer: pour the pomegranate syrup into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the 1/2 envelope of gelatin; allow to soak for a minute or two. heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. remove the orange juice mixture from the refrigerator (mixture will still be liquid). droop spoonfuls of the grenadine mixture at regular intervals into the orange mixture. repeat until all the grenadine mixture has been used. do not stir. carefully return pan to refrigerator and chill until fully set, several hours or overnight.

to serve, cut into desired shapes. makes about 18 to 24 jelly shots.

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