Mojito Jello Shots

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from A  Beautiful Mess for a while now, but well, it looked like work and I thought it might make a not so beautiful mess in our kitchen. I had some free time last week so I thought I’d give it a shot (yes, intended).

I’m glad I did, ’cause it looked kinda cool and would be great to make for parties, but to be truthful, unless you need to amaze someone with a really cool looking shot for an adult get-together, you can also just put ’em in the little plastic shot glasses for the same taste with a lot less work!

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Mojito Jello Shots

Mojito Jello Shots in Lime Wedges
(adapted from A Beautiful Mess)

1 c. water
1 c. sugar
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 c. fresh lime juice
3-4 stems fresh mint leaves
1 c. white rum (we used Bacardi Superior)
15 limes

Combine water and sugar over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin. (Hint: we added all 3 packs at one time and it clumped terribly. Next time I will try adding one pack at a time and stirring each until it dissolves completely.)

Add the lime juice and two stems of mint with the leaves. Let sit for 15 minutes. Remove the mint and stir in the rum.

Cut the limes in half and remove the pulp, being careful not to poke a hole in the rind ( I did on a couple of them and the jello leaked right through). I removed the pulp by taking a sharp knife and cutting around the edges, then using a melon baller to scoop the pulp out. It’s not easy, but the lime shells don’t need to look perfect. Believe me…

Pour jello into the lime shells. If wanted, take the remaining mint leaves and break them into small pieces. Sprinkle them sparsely on top of the jello and lime halves. Refrigerate the lime halves for at least 3 hours, then cut each half into half again, marvel at the way they look and serve.

As I mentioned before, you can also forgo the lime shells and pour the Mojito Jello into 2 oz. plastic shot glasses (like these: 2 oz Plastic Jello Shot Cups with Lids- 125ct) for an equally good taste. The presentation is not quite as cool, but it’s much easier :)

 

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