Can you believe it is already New Years?! This year flew by for me, I can’t be the only one right? Well ready or not 2017 is coming at us full speed, and it was time to find somewhere to watch the ball drop.
This year we decided to avoid the busy bars downtown and have a casual game night with some of our friends. Of course, champagne is always a given when ringing in the new year, but I thought it would be fun to enjoy it in a less traditional way this year! My plan? JELLO SHOTS! In the past I always thought of jello shots as a summer treat, usually reserved for the 4th of July or camping trips at the lake, but lately they have been making a comeback as a trendy treat. So I thought I would give them a shot! (See what I did there)
We recently had a date night at Palomino where I tried out a new drink, it had elderflower liqueur in it, something I had never tried before. I ended up totally loving it, it was so light and easy to drink. The elderflower was slightly sweet with a floral aroma, and it is often paired with a dry champagne to make a nicely balanced cocktail. Perfect! I made a quick trip to the store and had everything I needed to try out this new version of a classic drink.
Champagne & Elderflower Jelly Shots: Made 21 One Inch Cubes
- 1 and 1/2 cups dry champagne
- 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur ( I used Cote Jolie, but you could also use St. Germain)
- 1 cup cold water
- 3 packets unflavored gelatin powder
In a small saucepan add 1/2 cup of the champagne and the cold water. Sprinkle the 3 packets of gelatin over the liquid (no stirring) and let sit for 2 minutes for the gelatin to bloom, it should form a skin over the liquid in the pan.
Meanwhile, in a glass measuring cup add the rest of the champagne and the elderflower liqueur. After the gelatin has formed a skin, turn on the burner to medium heat and stir until the gelatin has dissolved, just before boiling. Add the hot gelatin liquid to the glass measuring cup to combine.
Pour into molds and refrigerate for at least four hours. I poured mine into a silicone ice cube tray, but you can also use a slightly greased loaf pan and then cut the jello into cubes once it is set.