Mermaid Jello Shots for Adults Only
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If you are anything like I am, you have been going slowly insane during home-bound quarantine as you try to keep the family harmony balanced, food on the table, kids completing their online coursework, and possibly getting your own work done. That is beyond enough reasons for the necessity of something whimsical like Mermaid Jello Shots!
How to Make Mermaid Jello Shots
What kind of booze?
There are so many things to consider when whipping up a batch of Jello shots! Like: What is the best alcohol to use for Jello shots? Hands down I would answer vodka. Usually, I would say that you want to grab a $12 bottle of Absolut or Smirnoff will work just fine. Don’t pick a bottom shelf big plastic bottle. The vodka flavor will come through in the shots and you want a vodka that’s smoother. For these shots though? I picked something more tropical and beachey – coconut rum! I can just see the mermaid now, on a rock by the shore, singing a song to the sailors.
What happens if you put too much booze in Jello shots?
Ratios vary, but if you put too much alcohol into your Jello Shot then it won’t set. You really want to follow a tried and true recipes.
How do you keep them from sticking?
Mermaid Jello Shots:
You will need:
1 3oz Grape (purple) Jello
Purple food coloring (2 drops)
1 3oz Berry Bue Jello
blue food coloring (2 drops)
1 3oz Lime (green) Jello
Green food coloring (2 drops)
1/2 C Coconut Rum
1 C boiling water (per each Jello package)
1/2 C cold water (per each Jello package)
White layer Ingredients:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes Knox Unflavored gelatin
1 C boiling water
1/2 C cold water
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
2 C heavy whipping cream
1/2 C powder sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Blue food coloring
1 disposable piping bag with a s star piping tip
Wilton Mermaid tail cupcake topper
Wilton sea shell cupcake topper
Mermaid Jello Shot layer directions:
In a medium bowl, stir the purple/grape Jello and boiling water until the Jello dissolves. Add 2 tablespoons of Coconut rum and cold water. Stir to combine. Add 2 drops of purple food coloring in the bowl. This is for the 3rd (bottom) layer. Mix well. Divide this equally into the shot glasses. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
In a second medium bowl, stir the Berry Blue Jello and boiling water until the Jello dissolves. Add 2 tablespoons of Coconut rum and cold water. Stir to combine. Add 2 drops of blue food coloring in the bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
In a third medium bowl, stir the lime green Jello and boiling water until the Jello dissolves. Add 2 tablespoons of Coconut rum and cold water. Stir to combine. Add 2 drops of green coloring in the bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
White layer directions:
In a separate bowl add the sweetened condensed milk with
1 cup of boiling water. In a small bowl sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Allow the unflavored gelatin to set for a few minutes. Add 1/2 cup of boiling water to dissolve the gelatin. Add this to the milk mixture. Stir to combine. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
Building the rest of the Mermaid Jello shot:
Spoon some of this milk mixture over the bottom purple layer of Jello. (1st layer). Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Add the 2nd layer of the Jello. (Berry Blue). Put in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours. Check as this layer may chill quicker.
Spoon in the 2nd layer of the white milk mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Spoon the 3rd layer of Jello (lime green). Set in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.
Spoon some of the milk mixture over the lime green layer of Jello. Put in the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.
Add the 4th thinner layer of jello (Berry Blue). Return to the refrigerator to chill.
Whipped Cream directions:
Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting. Once the Whipped cream is made, divide equally into 2 bowls. Add 1 drop of blue food coloring into the first bowl. Stir well to mix the color throughout all of the frosting.
Leave the rest of the whipped cream white.
Put a large tip in a large pastry bag. Scoop the blue whipped cream into the pastry bag on one side of the pastry bag and scoop the white frosting into the other side of the pastry bag. Squeeze the open end of the pastry bag to push the whipped cream to the tip. Continue to push the Whipped cream until the it comes out of the tip. Squeeze a large dollop of whipped cream onto the center of the cup.
Sprinkle blue sprinkles on the whipped cream. Place the mermaid tail and seashell on the whipped cream. Return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Now, kick back, put on some tropical music and transport yourself back to a beach as you enjoy one or two Mermaid Jello Shots.