New Years Eve was a little different for us this year. With an almost one year old in attendance, I knew the usually pre-party followed by a fancy celebration wasn’t in the plans. Which was actually more than ok with me. Instead of getting all dolled up, we decided to invite some of our closest friends and their kiddos over for an all day party of football, games, food, and cocktails. It was amazing. Even with 7 adults and 6 kids (all being toddlers and infants) it was the perfect way to end the year. We had a mimosa bar, champagne Jell-O shots, homemade jambalaya, steak, and even cigars for the fellows. The day may have started with toys and baby games, but when the storm settled and the babies went to sleep, out came the cards and pie-in-the-face.
As for the champagne Jell-O shots, they may have been my favorite part. Seriously, so delicious. Don’t think college style where you take one and then 20 minutes later you’re passed out or sick. They were the perfect mix of champagne, vodka, and gelatin. They also make for a pretty addition to any party. In this recipe, you can totally change certain ingredients to customize them to your liking. When my aunt made these at Christmas she used unflavored gelatin and soaked them in amaretto. I used strawberry gelatin and had Grand Marnier on hand instead of amaretto. Both ways were absolutely delicious. They are perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just any Friday night with the ladies.
1. Set aside silicon ice cube molds (or whatever kind of tin you have).
2. In a saucepan, combine the ginger ale and 1/2 cup of the champagne. Add the gelatin and let sit for a few minutes so it softens.
3. Warm the liquid over medium-low heat allowing the gelatin to dissolve. Do not let it boil. Only simmer 3-4 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in remaining champagne and vodka.
5. Pour into molds and let refrigerate overnight.
6. Prior to serving, remove from molds and sprinkle with sugar and sprinkles.
7. Pour liqueur onto serving dish and place shots on top.
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