Tasting a jello shot is more than just having a solidified cocktail: it’s about savouring the yummy experience. When made with fresh fruit and coupled with good company, this alcoholic beverage can be a welcome carpet to a good night. We’ll roll out the info on this cocktail so you know what taste sensation awaits you.
The origins of jelly
Jelly is made from the collagen extracted from bones of beef or pork during a boiling process. It was the French who, as connoisseurs of cooking, were the first to discover and use the gelatine produced. This also led to a variety of gelatinous dishes being made. However, the claim to jello shot invention was made by Tom Lehrer, an American singer. It was during the 50s and alcohol was restricted in many army bases, so he created this edible drink in order to circumvent this. These days, vegan or vegetarian options are available by using agar-agar, which is a vegetable version of the meat-based gelatin. This makes a jello shot a non-discriminatory drink regardless of the drinker’s dietary lifestyle.
The right type of alcoholic solid
If you are planning on making your own jello shot or two, you’ll be pleased to know that the process is very simple. The main ingredients include jelly powder and the alcoholic drink of choice, which can be whiskey, rum or vodka. The jelly is made using boiling water which is poured over the granules and stirred until dissolved. The cold water and alcohol are then whisked in to make a smooth even liquid. A silicone mould is then used to pour in the jelly shot liquid and it is then put in the freezer until it’s solidified. The recipe can be modified by adding real fruits, which is done by boiling fruits such as mango, apples, raspberries, strawberries or even blackberries in sugar until soft. Other recipes call for juicing the fruit instead of cooking it. This mixture is then added to the jelly powder instead of the cold water.
The best accompaniment to jello shots
Your jelly shot can be a drink on its own, but in order to avoid getting a serious hangover the next day, it’s best to mix it with high-protein snacks. Snack on some peanuts, especially those high in fats like cashews, pistachios or regular monkey nuts. Even eating pieces of fruit like watermelon when taking a shot is a good idea. Drink plenty of water in between shots to keep hydrated.
Make it a balanced night
Expand your beverage list so that it includes more than jelly shots and caters to everyone. Enjoy the option of having your drinks delivered or picking them up before your party.