Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Ginger Smash

Summer Ginger Smash - the best cocktail ingredients, including fancy rum and 
maraschino liqueur, held together with the barest smattering of mixers.  

I am away this week, so Intern Doug is manning the Test Kitchen solo . . . or so I thought.  Apparently, Intern Doug has been doing some hiring in my absence!  I was not sure whether to be proud of his initiative or frightened by his bold staffing moves until I saw Summer Ginger Smash -

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Polyjuice Potion" Jelly Shots

Polyjuice Potion Jelly Shots are creepy, spooky Potter-rific fun . . .

Another Potter-themed jelly shot for you!  These slightly creepy gelatin extravaganzas are made with pineapple juice, pineapple vodka, ginger ale and lime sherbet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Butterbeer" Jelly Shots

Potter-rific Butterbeer Jelly Shots on Wands! Alert Hogwarts!

Butterbeer Jelly Shot anyone? Yeah, I thought so ... aren't they cute?

Important serving tip - the sugar melts on these wicked quick. So either dip immediately before serving, or provide a tiny cauldron of color sugar crystals for dipping.

Also, to make these kid-friendly, just add extra creme soda and a little bit of caramel sauce in place of the hootch (a tablespoon or two, to taste - you don't want things to get sticky).


Butterbeer Jelly Shots

  • 1 cup creme soda
  • 2 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 1/3 cup vanilla vodka
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch schnapps
  • colored large crystal sugar, for garnish, if desired
  • wooden coffee stirrers (the stems)

Pour soda in a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two.Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.

Stir in the vodka and schnapps. Pour into standard loaf pan (non-reactive metal or glass, approx. 9" x 5"). 

Refrigerate until fully set (about 3 hours).

To serve, cut into desired shapes.

Immediately before serving, dip in colored crystal sugar, for garnish, if desired.

"Chocolate Frog" Jelly Shots

"Chocolate Frog" Jelly Shots, preparing to hop off the tray. . . 

Just a tiny bit of Potter-inspired jelly shotting for you today.  The recipe is a variant of the Bushwacker . . . very chocolatey though and missing the coconut.  (Link for the delightfully creepy frog molds . . . )

For more Potter-rific fun (and you know you want it) see:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Orange Meringue Jelly Shots

The Orange Meringue Jelly Shot, Intern Doug's first solo creation!  
(Bravo, sir . . . three cheers and a TIGER for you!)

This is my first solo blog post! I just love my job. Michelle asked me to create a new Jelly Shot and there is just nothing more satisfying and fun than crafting a medley of ingredients that tastes and looks fabulous. I was especially pleased with how well the Orangecello and Countreau mixed so smoothly and created such a surprisingly deep range of orange flavors.

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