I originally ran this mojito recipe post 2 years ago for the Fourth of July. (I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 2 years now.) But I thought that I would re-run this recipe because it’s just so darn good…and with the long weekend ahead of us you’ll have more time to make lots of this jello shot recipe.
The traditional mojito recipe is a sweet and tangy liquid libation that will keep you dancing on the tables for hours. These jiggly little blocks can cause the same reaction. Of course, you’ll feel a bit like a kid, eating your jello shots. Remember when you were a kid and you got those glistening blocks of jello to play with? These are just the adult version of that.
I don’t use jello when I make this jello shot recipe because I want these to be firm and not melt when you hold them. The gelatine makes them sturdy enough to hold in your hand (without melting) while you eat them. It also allows you to set them out in a nice dish and not melt into a big puddle of goo. Of course, you can’t sit them out in the sun for an extended period of time.
When these little cubes are all shimmering in their glass bowl, with their refreshing green color and little specks of chopped fresh mint they look oh so cute and innocent. Kind of like the cute precious face of that little girl sitting next to you on the plane right before she hurls on you. Don’t let the shimmery looks of these things fool you…these are not kid friendly Jell-O Jigglers. These are tasty, adult, knock you on your ass alcohol delivery systems wrapped up in cute packaging. Consider yourself warned or armed (depending on your perspective).
Memorial Day signals the start of more than just the “official start of summer” and when it’s appropriate to bust out those white pants that make everyone, but Giselle, look fat. Yes, it’s officially the start of the summer wedding season. Ugh Yippee!
Along with the good things that a wedding brings: open bar in which to get sloshed, the opportunity to wear that expensive pair of shoes that you just had to have, free food and cake…lots of cake comes the not so great stuff – the bridal shower.
In my younger days, I wore my share of penis necklaces, penis cups and penis antennae (as a “youth” I should have then learned that all of this penii garb was symbolic of the fact that it’s the last penis you’re going to get once you get married). But hey, it’s fun to do that one last hurrah with your girlfriends (regardless of whether or not you end up hurling in the back of a police car or not – it’ll be a funny story in about 10 years, trust me). But that’s the fun stuff.
One thing that’s not fun, and pretty much spells “the end” before the marriage starts is the couple’s shower. Cuz there’s nothing a guy wants to do more than be dragged by his nose to some gathering hall (or cramped living room) with a bunch of other uncomfortable guys to open presents. And if that’s not enough, play those hideously stupid shower games. Which, if they were played for real, he might actually like (because he calls that ‘a night out with the guys.’ Games like: who knows the most about the future Mr. and Mrs. X? Q. How did X & Y meet? A. (Public Answer) They met in college. A. (Reality Answer) They met at his frat party when she pulled up her toga to reveal she wasn’t wearing any underwear and had gotten her first Brazilian wax…it was love at first sight. Or guessing how many ribbons the bride to be will break when making her “ribbon bouquet,” signalling how many children they will have during their marriage. There’s not enough alcohol in the room to make a guy want to sit through that torture. Especially the guy who, through this old wives tale, learns that his bride to be wants 6 kids and tears into every present like a rabid dog – purposely breaking 12 ribbons (just to be on the safe side of superstition).
Of course we can’t forget that everyone in the room now knows that the groom has his balls corked up in some ritualistic bottle, hidden away on the top shelf of the closet before he even walks down the aisle. Is there a groom who willingly goes through with one of these couples showers? Oh, I suppose if he’s marrying someone with more money than they know what to do with he’ll happily go through with the “party,” viewing it as a mere stepping stone to the millions.
Ladies, if you love your guy and your friends, don’t have this cleaned up version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Everyone’s lives will be much better off because of it, especially that night in particular.
Recipe: Mojito Jelly Shots
For Mint Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3/8 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
For Jelly Shots:
- 2 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin (I use Knox Original Knox Gelatine)
- 1 Tablespoon Finely Minced Mint
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Rose’s Lime Juice
- 3/4 Cup White Rum (separated)
For Mint Simple Syrup:
- In a small saucepan, mix 1/2 cup water with sugar and mint extract and bring to a boil. Keep stirring mixture until just before it boils. Once sugar is melted, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
For Jelly Shots:
- Pour 1/2 cup rum and Rose’s lime juice in large bowl, then sprinkle with gelatin; let stand 1 minute.
- Pour 1/4 cup rum and 1/4 cup water in a microwave safe cup and heat to boiling. Add hot water and rum, as well as 1/2 cup mint simple syrup to bowl with gelatin.
- Stir until gelatin is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. (If gelatin is not dissolving after a couple of minutes, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds – do not boil).
- Lightly oil an 8″x8″x2″ pan with oil. Pour gelatin mixture into pan and refrigerate.
- After 1 hour remove pan and sprinkle with chopped mint. Use a fork to drag across mint to mix well into gelatin. Put pan back into refrigerator. Chill for at least 4 hours.
- Before serving, cut into squares.
Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 10 Minutes
Number of servings (yield): 8
Meal type: cocktail
Culinary tradition: USA (General)