Champagne is one of the founding traditions of New Year's Eve, but do you ever feel like it gets a little... repetitive? We do. That's why we put our own twist on Champagne: wiggly, sparkly, boozy Jell-O shots.
These aren't anymore complicated than you'd expect a Jell-O shot to be; it's just that sanding sugar makes them look super-festive and Champagne makes them tasty (and relevant.) They seem a little classier than the vodka shots of your youth, right?
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Champagne Jell-O shots recipe
It's best to use large-crystal sanding sugar so it will not dissolve easily. You can find sanding sugar in most craft or baking supply stores.
Yields 12 – 15
- 8 ounces Champagne
- 7 ounces lemon-lime soda, divided
- 3 packets unflavored gelatin
- Food coloring (if desired)
- Sanding sugar
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- In a small saucepan, add Champagne and 2 ounces of the lemon-lime soda.
- Sprinkle gelatin on top and let sit for at least 2 minutes.
- Put the saucepan on medium-low heat and heat until the gelatin is dissolved. Do not let the mixture boil; you're just letting the gelatin dissolve.
- Remove from heat and add in the remaining lemon-lime soda.
- If you want to add color, simply add a few drops of food color and stir.
- Add the Jell-O to small single-serving containers or a small baking dish. You can also add your Jell-O to a silicone ice tray if you own one. That is what we used.
- Put the Jell-O in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until completely set up.
- Cut the Jell-O into squares and carefully remove it from the container. Dip the top in sanding sugar if desired.
- Keep the shots refrigerated until you're ready to eat.
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A version of this article was originally published in December 2013.