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Drink the Book: Blue Hawaii Jelly Shots

[Photographs: Amy Webster & Michelle Palm]

Last week we began our monthlong foray into the world of jelly shots on a stiff note with jell-ified old fashioneds. This week we thought we'd loosen things up with a recipe that's a little less serious and a whole lot more blue.

The Blue Hawaii, a mix of rum, pineapple juice, and blue Curaçao, conjures up Waikiki resorts, Elvis movies, and tiki mugs with paper umbrellas. And it's an ideal cocktail inspiration for fanatically colorful, tropically flavored layered jelly shots.

These multilayer shots begin by mixing up the blue base of blue Curaçao, rum, vodka, pineapple, and gelatin. Once that part has gelled, the lemony yellow layer is poured on top and chilled until firm and ready to serve. For crystal clear definition between the colored layers it's important to make sure that the blue base is totally set before the yellow layer is added or else you'll end up with a tray of rummy, pineapple-y shots that are a shocking but kind of fun shade of neon green.

As always with our Drink the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Jelly Shot Test Kitchen to give away this month.

Adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen by Michelle Palm. Copyright © 2011. Published by Running Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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