Apple Jelly Shots

Ever whittled a shot cup out of an apple?

I’m sure many people are already familiar wih the idea of eating a jelly shot out of a hollowed-out orange (I used a clementine once), but I’d never previously heard of anyone using an apple, so had to try it out myself.

The ingredients will all come down to personal preference, but I used the following:

– An apple (I used a Golden Delicious apple)
– Three cubes of jelly per apple (I used Blackcurrant-flavoured jelly)
– Roughly 50ml water per apple (though I wasn’t exact with my measurements)
– Jim Beam Red Stag Whiskey for one side of apple
– Bols’ Blue Curacao for the other side

Melt the jelly cubes in water, and allow to cool.

Carefully hollow-out your apple, add a dash of your chosen beverage, then top up with jelly mix.

There's no non-messy photogenic way of doing this, apparently,

There’s no non-messy photogenic way of doing this, apparently,

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Place in fridge and chill over night.

The end result of the Bols side.

The end result of the Bols side.

Also made a second attempt - I'l admit, the first one had a leak.

Also made a second attempt – I’l admit, the first one had a leak.

The verdict? Oh, definitely try it out yourself.

The Red Stag (Black Cherry) half.

The Red Stag (Black Cherry) half.

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Cocktail Jelly Cubes

Here’s a test run for an idea I made up as I went along – thought it might be a good idea to use for summer gatherings or for parties with friends. It’s simple enough but has to be prepared over a couple of days. I had originally hoped I’d get a marbled effect, but upon realising that that idea needed more work, I improvised and instead decided to go for a layered look. Here’s the method I used.

I used:
1 Orange jelly
A few cubes from a Blackcurrant jelly
Grenadine
Blue Curacao
1 ice cube tray
Drinking straws

Make the orange jelly as instructed on the packet.

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Being very careful to pour (or use either a spoon or smaller jug), pour a little of the jelly into each empty compartment, to around halfway.

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Then (and here it can get messy, so lay some kitchen towel down first!), drip a little Grenadine and/or Curacao into each – I opted to use the straw method to achieve this (place the end of the drinking straw in the bottle, place a thumb over one end, then draw out the straw, slowly releasing over each cube). The Grenadine will instantly form a layer at the bottom, whilst the Blue Curacao will form a wispy effect – it’ll need further tinkering to get it to set this way.

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Place in the fridge, keeping flat at all times. OPTIONAL PART – a few hours later or the following day, add a few drops of Curacao as an extra layer. Given time, it will set with the jelly, but leave for a few hours at least before adding the extra jelly on top. Leave overnight if chosing to do this the same day as the first jelly layer.

Next, take just three blocks of your second jelly, and melt down in around 100ml of water. Allow this jelly mixture to cool to room temperature, then carefully spoon onto each jelly cube. Place back in the fridge, again leave in overnight.

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You should hopefully end up with something like this!

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I’m happy with this result, so it’s an idea I’ll try again, continuing to tinker with it. For serving suggestions, I’d suggest placing a couple of cubes in a glass with some cream soda, or serving with some ice cream as part of an adult’s dessert, or simply as a substitute for a shot/jelly shot.

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