You’re probably familiar with the infamous Jell-O shot and wondering what could possibly be so glam about it. Vodka, a children’s snack, and small paper or plastic cups don’t make the most pristine "drink," especially when your biggest decision is Jell-O flavor: red or not red. This traditional college drink has evolved from its days as a pregame must for the big frat party to a treat enjoyed by many adults in a classier setting than a college rager.
Michelle Palm, whose mission is “Jell-ing classic cocktails, one drink at a time,” uses her blog, The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, and now her book by the same title (released this year) to share her unique recipes with the rest of the world (SEE RECIPE LINKS BELOW). Due to her innovative ideas, Palm is truly turning this once low class drink glam.
Palm likes to refer to her creations as “jelly shots,” which she defines as “classic cocktails translated into gelatin form, i.e. a grown-up version of the Jell-O Shot (sans Dixie cups, of course!)." She claims that the “evolution of the gelatin cocktail” is a “cultural phenomenon,” which uses the same high quality ingredients as any ordinary cocktail would.
Browsing her blog or flipping through her book, it becomes very clear that gelatin flavor is no longer the biggest decision we face as consumers and creators of the jelly shot. Besides vodka, the traditional alcohol of choice for a jelly shot, Palm has recipes which use rum, tequila, gin, and schnapps in all quantities and flavors. Anything that a cocktail would use, a jelly shot can use, too!
Some of the recipes are served as large gelatin molds while others come in smaller individual sized servings, but all of them are pleasing not only to the belly but to the eyes, as well! The final products are colorful and beautifully presented so no one will dare to question the classiness of your concoction. Between the awe invoked bye the “free-spirited jiggly form” and the excitement that they are now appropriate for all occasions, your guests will be sure to love any variety of the jelly shot.