The liquor store is a hard place for me to exercise self control.
Not because I’m some crazy lush, fighting the urge to swig straight from the brown paper bag, but because there are SO MANY CUTE BOTTLES. Seriously. I’m a sucker for cute packaging.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped by the liquor store to grab a bottle of wine. What I ended up leaving with was 2 packs of mini wine bottles (I don’t know, they’re just more fun) and a bottle of UV Cake Vodka. I mean…it was right by the cash register and had a cute birthday cake on the label. What was I supposed to do, NOT buy it??? Sure, like that makes sense.
The other day I decided that I needed to find a fun recipe for the Cake Vodka. Surely it’s worthy of something awesomer than being splashed in my Diet Coke, right? I came across this fun recipe from the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen for Cupcake Jelly Shots, and I knew it would be perfect for Cocktail Friday.
I adapted the recipe just a teensy bit, and really liked them a lot. I know Jell-O shots aren’t for everyone, but what I love is that they can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge, which is a huge time saver if you’re throwing a party and need to use that last hour before it starts to hide dirty laundry under the bed.
Mini muffin pan
2/3 cup cranberry cocktail juice
2/3 cup canned pineapple juice (not fresh)
3 envelopes plain gelatin
2 TBS heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup UV Cake Vodka
Whipped cream or canned white frosting and sprinkles, for garnish
Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray (PLAIN, not butter flavor). Wipe each tin with a paper towel, so there is just a fine residue left from the spray.
Pour cranberry and pineapple juice in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over it and let soak for about 3 minutes, until gelatin is absorbed. Add cream and cook on low for about 5 minutes, until gelatin is dissolved (you know it’s dissolved when it coats the spoon and no longer looks grainy).
Remove from heat and add vanilla and vodka. Pour into molds (should fill about 24).
Refrigerate several hours, or overnight. Remove from pan with a spoon and top with whipped cream or frosting and sprinkles.
I liked these a lot. So cute and yummy, like little Jell-Oish alcoholey cupcakes.
Enjoy your weekend!