I left college when I was 19 so I never got to experiment with alcohol, with the sole exception of Danielle and me sneaking Chambord into a Sacher Torte cake. So I've never played beer pong, never been blackout drunk (though I consider this a personal achievement), and never had a jello shot. I'm working to right that last wrong. There's a bar in Chapel Hill called Top of the Hill that makes a cocktail called Kansas City Ice Water. It is everything you want in a cocktail — sweet, sour, easy drinking and cheap to make. After quite a lot of trial and error, I'm pleased to say I have improved on the drink by making it into a jello shot. True to the drink, they don't taste boozy so the alcohol sneaks up on you. I don't consider that a bad thing.
A few notes on making this: don't use your best quality gin and vodka, but make sure they're both 80-proof (40% alcohol/volume) to maintain the stability of the gelatin. You can use a different soda, but 7-up isn't that sweet, so you'll need to adjust the amount of sugar accordingly. Don't bother with Jell-O brand gelatin, it doesn't set as well as Knox brand and the flavors are nasty. Lastly, it will be almost totally transparent, so add a few drops of food coloring if you'd like.
- 3 fluid ounces gin
- 7 fluid ounces citron or lemon vodka
- 6 fluid ounces 7-up soda
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 cups 7-up soda
- 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup sugar, depending on your taste
- 4 ounces Knox unflavored powdered gelatin
- Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl and set in the fridge to chill. This is important to keep the hot ingredients from cooking off the alcohol and weakening the shots.
- In a small pot, combine the 2 cups soda and 2 tablespoons sugar. Bring to a boil to dissolve all the sugar. Taste for sweetness.
- While stirring slowly, slowly pour the hot soda into the chilled mixture. Stirring slowly helps it to cool evenly and prevent a buildup of foam. If there is a lot of foam, skim it off as the foam will set, which is unsightly.
- Pour into shot cups or a tin to set in the fridge, at least 4 hours. Enjoy responsibly!