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Sweet tea vodka is quick becoming one of this summer's guilty pleasures. Mixed with club soda and garnished with a wedge of lemon, the stuff goes down just about as easy as its zero proof inspiration, making it prime jelly shot material. Once set and sliced, these shots end up being just as refreshing as their sippable inspiration but a whole lot more fun.
As you may have noticed, we have a thing for Pimm's. We've long been fans of the Pimm's Cup, a citrusy sweet, lightly bitter refresher traditionally garnished with cucumber and sometimes strawberries and orange, and lately, we just can't resist a Pimm's concoction, whether it's mixed with whiskey or muddled with mint and Hendrick's gin. But a jello shot Pimm's Cup had never occurred to us until we saw these Pimm's No. 1 Cup Jelly Shots from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen.
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.
It's easy to reimagine light, fruit juice-based drinks as jelly shots, but what about more serious cocktails? For my first foray into the world of Jelly Shot Test Kitchen I decided to tackle a classic, the Old Fashioned, to see how it would fare in jelly form.
Michelle Palm, the mastermind behind the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog, is on a mission to elevate the jelled cocktail. Her newly released cocktail cookbook, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen reads like the Mr. Boston of jelly shots, with nearly every cocktail you can think of transformed in to a sweet and wobbly bite. These bright little shots are equal parts fun cocktail fodder and amateur molecular mixology.