How to Make Edible Cocktails

Or Jell-O shots. Whichever way you call it, Edible Cocktails are quirky. From seeing them wiggle on the platter, tilting your head back and throwing one down, to licking the stickiness from your fingers, you will agree that these gel cocktails will bring smiles to your guests’ faces. But don’t let these childhood-like treats fool you, they have a bite and will sneak up on you if you have a few too many.


I first saw these on Brilynn’s site Jumbo Empanadas and knew that these would be what I would bring to Himself’s office party the other night. It would be a warm evening by the pool and some silly food would be fun. After doing some gelatin research I discovered that you could pretty much take any cocktail and turn it into an Edible Cocktail by adding one packet (7 grams) Knox Gelatine to every 8 ounces (240 ml) of fluid. Himself and I experimented a bit and found this to be a good ratio.


Edible Cocktails: Sangria
(adapted from Brilynn’s Sangria Bites)
1 3/4 cups ReΓ‘l Sangria- my favorite Sangria!
1 1/2 cups Limeade
3/4 cup Cointreau
4 packets Knox Gelatine – one whole box
zest of one lime for garnish

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a small sauce pan. Add Knox and let sit 3 minutes until gel softens. Turn on heat to medium and heat for a few minutes until gel is completely dissolved, no need to boil or get very hot. Pour into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with plastic wrap. Chill covered overnight. To unmold, turn cocktail over onto a cutting board, remove plastic wrap and cut into 36 equal sized pieces. Top each piece with a small bit of lime zest. Place on pretty tray and serve immediately. Makes 36 pieces.

Tips on Making Edible Cocktails
1. Before adding the Gelatine, taste the cocktail first and adjust flavor if needed.
2. Keep chilled at all times! These will dissolve into puddles if not kept cold. Mine got soft on the car ride over to the party, which a quick trip to the freezer fixed them up just fine, but oh the puddle they made in my lap on the warm car ride home!
3. Remember the ratio to turn your favorite cocktail into an Edible Cocktail- one packet (7 grams) Knox Gelatine to every 8 ounces (240 ml) of fluid. More Gelatine will make the cocktails even more firm if necessary.

Be creative and have fun! To see other Edible Cocktails click here. It gets a wee bit scientific with % ratios of gel to alcohol so you may have to experiment a bit. Alcohol. Experimenting. Alcohol. Experimenting. Yup this is a family friendly site.

Have a delicious weekend! Try this menu…
Crab Rangoon
Broccoli Ramen Salad
Chicken Satay
Dulce de Leche Pie
Orange Sherbet Push Pops for the kids!

25 Comments

  1. Penny
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

    What a brilliant idea! Jell-O shooters in many colors and flavors. Oh the possibilities.

  2. sheppy
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    Love it! Unfortunately, the French don't get jello and I made three dozen once and since there was only one other adventurous soul, we ended up eating them all, which I really don't recommend…

  3. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    Wow! You've turned the party hearty jello shots into something so sophisticated looking. I lovee the first picture πŸ™‚

  4. oneordinaryday
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

    Betcha the experiments while you were looking for the right flavor were fun. πŸ™‚

  5. Lucy
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    They're fun!!!

  6. Sabrina
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    I will be trying this out this summer. It is pretty how you served them. Not the college style of little cups. Although, that might have been less mess and less pretty.

  7. Mai Mai
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    This is so much more sophisticated looking than serving them in shot glasses. Thanks for posting such a great idea πŸ™‚

  8. That Girl
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

    My problem with "edible cocktails" is that I always decide "I'd like one RIGHT NOW" which never works out for me since they take some time to prepare.

  9. Hillary
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    Great idea! It's like a gourmet upscale jello shot! I bet you could sell these.

  10. Donna and Greg
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    I substituted 1/2 of the water called for from a box of orange jello with Bacardi. I don't remember how they tasted, but they were all gone the next morning.

    I see margarita jello shots in my future!

  11. Joan Nova
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    Great shots in both interpretations of the word…the "beverage" and the photograhy!

  12. biz319
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

    Wow, I haven't thought of jello shots in years!!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe –

    Have a great weekend with your family! πŸ˜€

  13. Karen
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM | Permalink

    Sangria shooters! Yay! How fun πŸ™‚

  14. Sara
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

    How cool is this? You always have the best ideas!

  15. Morta Di Fame
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

    DANGER! Can I come?

  16. foodcreate
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    You are going to make such impression Sangria!Jello-shooters perfect Summer treat!

    Thanks for sharing such a grand Idea:)

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  17. MyLastBite
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos. Love the Sangria idea!

  18. Brilynn
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    Yours look amazing! So glad you tried them! I need to make some more, I've still got it in my head that I'm going to make mojito jello shooters.

  19. Cynthia
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 2:14 AM | Permalink

    Awww man! Where were you when I was in college and I promised my friends I would quit drinking wine and sangria because I was always in a constant state of hangover! I could have totally had these based on technicality: eating sangria instead of drinking it. These look amazing.

  20. pigpigscorner
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea! I can gobble down the whole tray.

  21. Linda
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    Great presentation and so much prettier than a jello shot in a paper cup!! LOL. You have taken this to a higher degree of sophistication!

  22. Maria
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    Fun idea!! Great photos too!

  23. Peter M
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

    Fabulous shots of the well…Jello shots!

    I admit to still getting giddy when I see them at a party….SLURP!

  24. finsmom
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    Such a cool idea! These look so fun!

  25. Jackie
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

    Very clever idea. But doesn't that mean that the level of alcohol is the same. Oops I'm getting a little tipsy

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