Monday, October 31, 2011

Someone to Watch Over Me . . .

I always feel like . . . someone's watching me.  
Oh, silly me, it's just a gaggle of Blueberry-tini Jelly Shots!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Yes, I know . . . Eyeballs.  Again.  We did eyeballs last year, yes.  However one of JSTK's wonderful, adorable followers supplied a tip to make them ever so easy - using blueberries as the "pupil" of each eyeball rather than the "cut and paint" method of days gone by.  That, and there's a fab new Blueberry-tini Jelly Shot recipe to share.  So clearly, eyeballs needed another Halloween go!
  (I already am thinking about eyeball method tweaks for next year, so its fair to say that you, my loves, will have eyeball jelly shots in your collective future for some time to come . . .)  

The recipe came together in a snap.  I am inclined to give credit to the energy and enthusiasm of our little testing group, which included Intern Doug (natch!), artist Heidi Henderson (check out Heidi's work here - it's amazing!), and intrepid photojournalist Bob Crippa from Twin Cities' KARE 11.  We also tested a 50/50 mix of lemonade and blueberry vodka, which was really yummy as well - it just had a bit more bite than the final version, which is a little sweeter and more blueberry-y.

So have a sweet and spooky good time tonight!  I hope you get lots of candy and/or whatever other goodies rock your Halloween world  . . .



P.S. I'll be posting a "pretty" version of the Blueberry-tini this week as well!  

Blueberry-tini Jelly Shots (ocular style)

  • 2/3 cup prepared lemonade (strained to remove solids)
  • 2/3 cup lemon lime soda
  • 3 envelopes Knox gelatin (increase to 3 if using molds)
  • 2/3 cup blueberry vodka (we used Stoli)
  • 15 fresh blueberries
  • Food coloring, in desired “eye” colors

First, prepare a half hemisphere silicon mold with a light application of cooking spray.  (Click here for the mold we used!)  Wipe the mold cavities out with a clean paper towel. This method will leave just the slightest residue, which will help unmold the gelatin without affecting the taste or appearance. Place each mold on a cookie sheet or cooling rack to provide a stable surface for handling.

Combine the lemonade and soda in a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes. (Mixture may be a bit foamy, but this will diminish.) Remove from the heat and stir in the vodka.

Pour 1/2 cup of the gelatin mixture a bowl, and tint as desired with the food coloring - this will form the “irises” of the eyeball jelly shots.  Add 1 teaspoon of the tinted mixture into each mold cavity, and drop a blueberry into each.  Meanwhile, set the un-tinted gelatin aside, covered. 

Refrigerate until the tinted gelatin is set, but slightly sticky to the touch.  Remove the mold from the refrigerator.  Top off the molds with the untinted gelatin.  Return the mold to the refrigerator and chill until the eyeballs are fully set, several hours or overnight.  

To serve, unmold, loosen the edges by pulling away from the side of the mold, and pop each jelly shot out.