How to make alcoholic jellies as edible drinks or garnishes?

Unlike traditional college jell-o-shots which are made with already flavoured gelatin and a decent amount of vodka so everybody can imagine what’s the main purpose of it.

We will be using instead unflavoured gelatin based gelling agent and see how it can cope with more complex alcoholic drinks or cocktails. Gelatin carries many benefits it can cope well with alcohol and only breaks apart when alcohol is more than 40% of the total gel volume and produces soft and springy texture which melts in your mouth. On the other hand, gelatin is non-heat resistant.

How to make alcoholic jelly drinks or cocktails?

You will need 250ml (1 cup) of a liquid per sheet but it all depends on what texture would you like to achieve and of course on alcoholic strength.

  • Firstly soak gelatin sheets for a few minutes in a cold water, squeeze out the excess water and add to theAlcoholic jellies drinks and cocktails recipe. Don’t heat any alcoholic products use mixers, juices, water to fully incorporate gelatin first and then add alcohol into the solution.
  • Pour the solution into the moulds, let it chill and serve.

How to make alcoholic jellies as an edible garnish?

Edible garnish can be achieved the same way as the guide for alcoholic jellies above. The main difference is the addition of a solid which can be any fruit, herb or even spice such as Vanilla bean. Edible garnish can make a difference in the presentation of your cocktail and can be served on the small plate, silver spoon or even in the cocktail glass.

Hot Jell-O-Toddy cocktail

Since Gelatin is suitable for making alcoholic jellies with a great texture but is non-heat resistant which means dissolves when it comes in touch with a hot liquid. So I’ve decided to take advantage of it and the first thing which I could think of was Hot Toddy. This cocktail is simple to make but to get the right proportions take a lot of practice.

So what if I was able to concentrate all the flavours of the cocktail in a small cube and then simply pour hot water over it and let it melt. Original Hot Toddy cocktail recipe as follows:

60ml Dewar’s 12 years Scotch Whisky
20ml Lemon Juice
2 spoons of Runny Honey
3 dried cloves
Top up with hot water
Garnish with Lemon wedge and Cinnamon stick

I am expecting total volume of drink 200 ml so since I wanna keep the strength of a drink as the original recipe. I am gonna need a cube with the volume of 100 ml and 35%ABV to keep it stable and another 100 ml of hot water to pour over.

Hot Jell-O-Toddy recipe


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