Still in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Christmas? Me too. However, we are also planning and hosting a NYE party again this year, so I also have my NYE ‘To-Do’ list that I am trying to check off to be ready for that party just a week later! Yikes! But I’m making my shopping list, and checking it twice and making sure I am prepared for one of the party HITS…champagne jello shots!
Here is my shopping list:
- Champagne or Presecco
- *and/or sparkling cider, ginger ale or sprite
- Boiling water
- Gelatin, unflavored (like Knox brand)
- Sprinkling sugar (like Gold or silver)
Boil 1/2 cup + water (boil more than that so you have 1/2 cup boiling water to pour in a bowl. Preferable one with a pour spout to make the next steps easier!
Add 2 packets of unflavored gelatin packets to water.
Once cooled, add 2 1/2 cups chilled liquid.
Mix well until all the gelatin is dissolved. Be sure to get all the gelatin that wants to stick to the side mixed in.
NOTE: I used a mixture of 1 1/4 cup champagne and 1 1/4 cup sparkling cider. I don’t know how this would taste or set up with all champagne because that sounded a little loaded for me as I knew I would probably have had a few drinks before these shots. I’m sure there is no “magic” formula here, just as long as you have 2 1/2 cups and some bubbly, you should be golden.
Time to chill! At least 4-5 hours. Overnight is OK too, if you want to make this the day before. Now add your sparkles. And prepare how to serve ~
I chose to use individual condiment cups, just the right size for a champagne shot! I found mine at a Cash & Carry (Smart Food Service). Or you can find some on Amazon (here). First, layout your cups on a cookie sheet. Fill each cup near the top of the cup. Top with lid. Write a message on top for fun if you’d like! Once completely chilled, sprinkle with your sparkling sugar (or not, if you prefer). Place on a nicer serving tray, place in a basket or your choice or server. When the time is right, make your round to your guests and each individual can grab a cup. *These are also great for transporting if you are bringing these to a party!
If you don’t have time to search for and purchase cups, there is another option! Simply pour in a glass baking dish, lightly greased or lined with wax paper. I haven’t done it this way, but I think the waxed paper will make the job easier! Sprinkle your sugar on top, then chill.
Once the party time is ready, remove the baking dish and cut your jello into bite size squares. (see how I left that opened ended for you?! I am not here to judge what your “bite size” is!). Place each square on a serving tray. My own personal preference, this seems a little messy for service or for the individual to pop the shot into their mouth from their hands, but that’s just me. If you don’t have the cups, this is obviously an easy solution and option.