Wine Wednesday: Welcoming Spring with Red Velvet, Jello and Gumdrops

The weather is getting warmer and I’m so ready for it – aren’t you?  Well, this week, I’m taking some of my favorite things and giving you some fun twists on what you may already know.  I will say that while there are words like Red Velvet and Jello, these are NOT for children.  So please take care especially if there are children around.

Red Velvet Cake Martini

Betty Crocker Whipped cream cheese frosting (from 12-oz container)

Betty Crocker red colored sugar

2 teaspoons chocolate-flavor syrup Crushed ice

1/4-cup cake-flavored vodka

1/4-cup crème de cacao

6 tablespoons buttermilk

1 to 2 drops red food color

Crushed ice

Directions

Dip rims of 2 martini glasses in frosting, then dip in red sugar. Drizzle 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup in bottom of each glass. Refrigerate.

Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, crème de cacao, buttermilk and food color. Cover; shake vigorously until well mixed. Strain mixture into chilled glasses.

Margarita Jello Shots

A fun take on the classic drink. Margarita jello served in a hollowed out lime. Serve with salt and get ready to have a good time.

Ingredients

12 whole limes

1-cup limeade

2 envelopes plain gelatin

3/4-cup tequila

2 tablespoons triple sec

1 tablespoon sweetened limejuice

1-tablespoon kosher salt

Directions

Cut the limes in half. Scoop out the insides. Add the limeade to a sauce pan, sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Heat the limeade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tequila, triple sec, and sweetened limejuice. Pour into the lime halves. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Cut the limes into half, sprinkle with salt, and serve.

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots

A hollowed out lemon makes a perfect mold for a pink lemonade jello shot. Perfect for a ladies night out.

Ingredients

12 whole lemons

1 cup pink lemonade

2 packages plain gelatin

1-cup vodka

Directions

Cut the lemons in half. Scoop out the insides. Add the lemonade to a saucepan; sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Heat the lemonade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vodka. Pour into the lemon halves. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Cut the lemons into half and serve.

 Gumdrop Cocktail

Want to have your gumdrops and drink them too?

Ingredients

1 part vanilla or whipped cream vodka

2 parts lemon-lime or cream soda

1/4 part flavored liqueur (or to taste)

Colored sugar for glass rims (I used a pre-mixed multi color sugar)

Martini glasses

Drinking straws

Directions

Rim the glasses with sugar.

Next, mix the vanilla vodka and soda. Pour into the martini glasses, until they are about 2/3 full.  Pour a bit of the flavored liqueur into a glass so it is easy to access. Insert a drinking straw into one of the liqueurs, and cover the top end with your finger. Insert the straw into one of the filled martini glasses, and take your finger off the top of the straw, while gently drawing the straw upwards. The liqueur will settle in the bottom of the glass.

 

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One thought on “Wine Wednesday: Welcoming Spring with Red Velvet, Jello and Gumdrops

  1. Wow! I love to do this and this would be perfect for a bridal shower and stag party. I would like to suggest this to my soon-to-be-husband. thanks for this recipe.

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