When I first heard that Pinnacle released a “Gummy” flavored vodka, I immediately wanted to create a boozy jello recipe with it. After a quick search, I also found this fish-shaped candy mold and waited for an occasion to come around that warranted such a cute and delicious treat. Two of my closest friends from dental school share a birthday, and since one of them is particularly fond of all Pinnacle vodka flavors, I jumped on the opportunity to make these for their joint birthday celebration.
After some online research, I learned that red Swedish Fish candies are primarily cherry flavored, but some people thought they had a fruit punch flavor too. So in order to emulate the flavors as close as possible, I used cherry-flavored Jello and some fruit punch Kool-Aid mix as well. Although the vodka on its own is not overwhelmingly delicious, when mixed into this jello concoction the flavors were all spot-on together. They were a big hit at the party and people definitely had fun with the fish shapes rather than your conventional shaped jello shot. But then again mini Dixie cups are so passé – these days it’s all about lime rinds, mini cupcakes, and now animal shapes too!
Because I only ordered 2 fish molds (which made 22 fishies total) , I used the rest of the jello mix to fill my mini-cupcake silicone mold and stuck half a mini Swedish Fish candy in each one. This method forces you to buy a bag of Swedish Fish and find something to do with the extras, so I was totally in favor of doing this too. Overall this was a really fun way to use the new vodka flavor and the leftover vodka tied with a ribbon made a great gift for the birthday girl.
Swedish Fish Jello Shots
1 cup water
2 tsp Tropical Punch Kool Aid mix
2 envelopes (1/4 oz each) plain gelatin
1 box (3 oz) cherry Jell-O
1 cup Pinnacle Gummy Vodka
Combine water and Kool Aid mix and place in a medium saucepan.
Sprinkle the plain gelatin over the Kool Aid and allow it to soak for a minute or two.
Heat mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves (about 5 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cherry Jell-O and vodka and mix until dissolved.
Very lightly grease your desired mold (I sprayed Pam on a paper towel and smeared it on inside of the molds) and pour jello mixture to the top of each well.
Refrigerate until fully set, about 2 hours.
Happy Birthday Colleen and Pamela!
(So what if their birthdays were actually in November and I’m a few months late with this post…)