Jello is one of those all American desserts that has been around forever. Don’t we all have fond Jello salad memories? The origin of Jello dates back to 1845 when Peter Cooper patented a product set with gelatine. In 1897 Pearle Wait expanded on the idea, with the hope of marketing it. His wife named the product, Jello. Short on capital, Wait sold the product’s formula to Frank Woodward, who is the man credited with creating the Jello empire.
What a better way to celebrate the birth of our country with Jello… Jello shooters to be exact. I’d like to think that the three original Jello guys would approve of my patriotic Jello shooter. Heck, they’d probably even hang out with me and put back a few.
Bring these to your Fourth of July celebration, and I can almost guarantee you that these will be a hit with the grown-ups at the party. Just as I did for the gummy bears soaked in vodka post, I feel the responsibility to put out a second public service announcement.
- Patriotic jello stars infused with vodka are not for kids.
- Patriotic vodka stars should be out of reach of children. This means do not leave patriotic vodka stars on the buffet table at your 4th of July block party, then go drink wine with your girlfriends, all the while trying to avoid getting pummeled with water balloons.
- In order to ensure that you are not serving any under-age jello shootin’ friends, put the jello shooters on a platter, plop yourself in your beach chair with the platter on your lap, and let the jello shooter lovers come to you. Card anyone who looks under the age of 30. In fact, card all women, regardless of age. It’s quite sad when you get to an age where no one bothers to card you any more. (I speak from experience!) Trust me, they will love you for it.
- Do not drive after indulging in patriotic star jello shooters. I have no idea what the legal limit of patriotic vodka stars is, so just designate a non-jello shooter lovin’ driver.
- Be careful mixing patriotic vodka stars with wine, beer, and other spirits. Too much mixin’ and you might be seeing another kind of stars later that evening.
How to make Patriotic Jello Shooters:
- Purchase a star mold. I found a two pack for a dollar at Walmart.
- If you don’t have time to pick up a star mold, an ice tray will work, or make Jello in a pyrex pan, and follow directions below. Then, cut out stars with a cookie cutter once Jello has set.
- Make Jello recipe below and fill ice mold stars halfway with blue Jello.
- Put in the fridge to set. This won’t take long at all.
- Once set, make a second batch of the Jello recipe below. This time with the raspberry Jello packet. Fill star molds to the top with the red liquid gelatin and refrigerate.
- In order to get these stars out without any fatalities, run a sharp knife around the star where the Jello meets the edge of the mold.
- Turn mold over and hit with force the bottom of the mold. Stars should pop out. If not, loosen them up again with the knife.
1 envelope Knox Gelatine, 1 ounce
6 tbsp. blue jello*
1/2 cup raspberry vodka*
Boil water and stir in knox gelatine, jello powder, and vodka. Stir until gelatine powder dissolves. It sets pretty quick. Pour into star mold.
*I used homemade infused raspberry vodka. You can infuse your own, buy raspberry vodka, or substitute regular vodka.
*Use red raspberry jello for the second batch
Cheers to America! We are blessed to live here!