Barrett unfortunately was unable to participate in the latest edition of Is My Blog Burning? Somewhat embarrassingly, he noted in the comments of my post that he didn't manage to get his Jello vodka shots to jell. Our friends Jonathan and Angela joined us on Saturday for a small party and as I knew Jonathan had a weakness for them I decided to test whether I had lost the touch.
I'm not sure where Barrett's recipe went wrong. It was as easy as I remembered from my old university days. The only difficulty is in remembering to put the vodka in the freezer a few hours before you start. Once the vodka is nice and cold, put the Jello powder in a jug. Pour into the jug just slightly less than the amount of boiling water called for on the package. (For a standard package, it is one cup.) Stir for a minimum of two minutes. Then - if you like them strong, and I do - pour an equal amount of freezing cold vodka in the mix. Stir and pour into small cups. Actually, the smaller the cups the better as the essence of these treats is that you should be able to pop a whole one in your mouth. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve to bemused adults.
The fact that you have used slightly less liquid than the instructions call for means that the Jello will be a little rubbery and easy to pop out of the cup. Serve with a toothpick so that your guests can use it to loosen the Jello from the cup and easily extract it.
Of course the down side is that vodka does not mix particularly well with wine...ouch...