A new barkeep/mixologist friend mentioned in passing concocting a pear cosmopolitan via a swap of cran for white cran and orange vodka for pear flavored. Being crazy for all things pear, we couldn't resist a little experimentation with our existing cosmo jelly shot recipe. The result is a not-too-sweet, mild and undeniably nosh-able jelly shot!
The jewel shaped jelly shots pictured above were set in a specialty ice cube tray. Although the end result is really cute, it was a bit difficult to achieve. The tray is constructed with a constrictive band around each mold cavity, which differs from a normal ice cube tray or silicon baking mold. No problem if unmolding a hard ice cube, but jelly shots are a bit more yielding and delicate. Not surprisingly, several jelly shots were maimed in the initial unmolding process. This difficulty was remedied with a few discreet cuts to the upper band of the tray. (I filled the trays up with water after the cutting/unmolding, and leakage was almost nonexistant - so I definitely plan to use the trays again.) Kerekes also distributes a very nice faceted jewel mold which I have used in the past with good results.
Another serving option is to set the jelly shots in a loaf pan, cut into squares, and garnish each with a sliver of pear.
Pear Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots
Recommended Pan: Standard Loaf Pan (approximately 8” x 4”)
- 1 cup white cranberry juice cocktail
- ¾ cup pear flavored vodka (we used Grey Goose)
- 1/8 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed and strained
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 2 envelopes Knox gelatin (if using molds, add 1/2 envelope additional gelatin. 1/2 envelope equals about a teaspoon of gelatin powder.)
- Sliced pear for garnish, if desired
Pour cranberry and lime juices into a saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a few minutes. Heat on low, stirring constantly, until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in the liquors, making sure to fully incorporate. Pour into pan, and chill until set, several hours or overnight.