With Christmas officially (and successfully, in my opinion) behind us, I’m wasting no time getting in the spirit for New Year’s. I love the idea of reflecting on the past year and getting psyched up at the opportunity for new beginnings. And plus, I’ll take any excuse to have some fun with friends after such a stressful past few weeks! Jello shots are always a crowd-pleaser with my friends, so I did a test run earlier this week to see how a champagne version would work, and I’m excited to make them again to ring in 2013. Dipped in some sanding sugar and topped with sparkly toothpicks, they’re simple and festive with a healthy dose of bubbly for a New Year’s Eve party.
I really enjoy the occasional glass of prosecco or champagne (if I’m lucky), and I think it’s a shame that the bubbly stuff is generally reserved for only special occasions. These jello shots will give you an excuse to pop open a bottle and find a reason to finish the remaining glass or two leftover. It’s almost embarrassing to call this a recipe since it’s so simple, but I wanted to share them anyway because sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones. Or the ones with booze are the best ones, something like that… Anyway, there is little guesswork involved here and if you love the taste of champagne, you’ll love these! Unfortunately the bubbles don’t survive the jello-making process, but the little dusting of sparkling sugar helps give a texture reminiscent of some carbonation. The sugar melts quickly after dipping them though, so make sure you wait to do that right before you serve them!
There’s plenty of champagne coming our way in 2013 – graduation from dental school, getting married, and maybe even moving to another city – and I can’t think of a better way for Erica Sweet Tooth to ring in this exciting new year than with some champagne jello shots. (Champagne cupcakes are also a good way, but been there, done that). Maybe if we had registered for a champagne sabre I could really impress my friends next Monday night, but I’m sticking to what I know here, and I’m sure there will be no complaints. Thanks for helping make my 2012 so fun and exciting – I love chronicling my life through sweets every week, and I wouldn’t be doing it without your support. Have a happy and healthy new year!!
Champagne Jello Shots
Recipe adapted from Bakers Royale
Yield: 15 jello shots
1-12 cup champagne (or prosecco or sparkling wine)
1/2 cup ginger ale soda**
1/2 cup sugar**
3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin
White sparkling sugar
**UPDATE: After several bad reviews of this recipe, I have revamped it to add additional sugar and some ginger ale. This should help sweeten the jello shots so they taste a little less like straight up champagne, and more like a tasty dessert. I hope this helps!
Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.
Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.
Pour mixture into a loaf pan (I used a square tupperware container) and chill for at least an hour.
To release Jello, dip the pan into warm water and use a knife along the sides to gently release the Jello. Use a sharp knife to cut squares. Before serving, dip the tops in the sparkling sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.