Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two Tweaks on the Cosmo, Mandarin style . . .

Mandarin Cosmo Jelly Shot (front, pictured with Mango Cosmo Jelly Shot), garnished with a small wedge of mandarin orange



Mango Cosmo Jelly Shot, garnished with a small wedge of fresh mango


A reader inquired if Jelly Shot Test Kitchen had any recipes featuring mandarin vodka, his wife's favorite liquor.  (Isn't that the cutest thing?  We think its 100% adorable when guys are sweet on their wives . . . ) Apart from the traditional Cosmopolitan Cocktail, we really didn't have anything with mandarin vodka, and as delicious as a Cosmo is, it does't really showcase the sweet orange-y goodness of the spirit.  So we tweaked the classic a bit, and created Mandarin Cosmo and Mango Cosmo Jelly shots - these should fit the bill for all you mandarin vodka lovers out there!  



If you are a fan of flavored vodka, check out Hangar One brand.  Its flavored with the actual fruit - sweet mercy . . . it is so good!  We tried the mandarin flavor in these jelly shots, and went straight back to the store to pick up the citrus, raspberry, and lime.  (This is not a sponsored post - we were just so impressed with Hangar One that we can't help gushing!)


Cheers, 


Michelle



Mandarin Cosmo Jelly Shots

Recommended Pan:  Standard Loaf Pan (approximately 8” x 4”)

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup plus two tbsp white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tbsp orange juice, strained to remove solids
  • 2 tbsp limeade concentrate, thawed and strained to remove solids
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • ¾ cup mandarin or orange flavored vodka (we love Hangar One)
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • Mandarin orange segments for garnish, if desired


Pour juices, lime concentrate and water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin.  Allow gelatin 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 vodka and Cointreau, making sure to fully incorporate.  Pour into pan, and refrigerate until fully set, several hours or overnight.  

To serve, cut into squares.  Garnish with mandarin orange segments, if desired.  Makes 18 to 24 shots.

Mango Cosmo Jelly Shots

Recommended Pan:  Standard Loaf Pan (approximately 8” x 4”)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Mango nectar (we use Ceres Mango juice blend)
  • 2 tbsp limeade concentrate, thawed strained to remove solids
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • ¾ cup mandarin or orange flavored vodka (we love Hangar One)
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • Mango segments for garnish, if desired


Pour mango nectar, lime concentrate and water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin.  Allow gelatin 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 vodka and Cointreau, making sure to fully incorporate.  Pour into pan, and refrigerate until fully set, several hours or overnight.

To serve, cut into squares.  Cut small pieces of the mango segments for garnish, if desired.  Makes 18 to 24 shots.

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