Wine Jell-O Shots || Lost and Found
Jell-O seems to be the shoulder pads of food fashion. A congealed salad evokes the same nose crinkle as the over-sized shoulder-padded blazer in the back of your mom’s closet. It’s good to save some of these pieces just in case they make a come back. And those who had the foresight to save a fanny pack and a pair of high waisted jeans know what I’m talking about. So with a little creative tweaking, I hope Wine Jell-O Shots can take Jell-O from shoulder pad to fanny pack status.
This line of thinking was the inspiration for our new series of “Lost and Found” recipes – lost recipes that we find a way to reinvent. Since beginning this blog several months ago, I’ve become
obsessed with appropriately interested in finding antique cookbooks and learning about the dishes of days gone by. And I especially love the ones we wouldn’t be caught dead eating, despite how stylish we might look in our fanny packs while doing so. Why do some foods fall out of favor, while some have such staying power? Turn up your nose at Wine Jell-O Shots, yet invite your friends over for a meat loaf, a literal loaf of meat?
I recently stumbled upon Wine Dessert in a cookbook from 1914. What a perfect way to get reacquainted with gelatin! Maybe because we grew up with Knox Blox we have an affinity for that odd textured substance. But if you haven’t considered alcoholic Jell-O since college, now is the time to revisit the beauty of that idea.
Without further ado, here is the recipe that inspired our Sangria Jell-O shots. If you are not lucky enough to have leftover sangria laying around, follow the original recipe (below), and throw in some fruit! We have also made this in a rectangular Tupperware and cut it into squares. So slip into your high waisted jeans, buckle your fanny pack and do your part to bring Jell-O back!
It's about time Jell-O shots came back! And what better way to reintroduce this party drink than with wine! We love it with Sangria, but it works with any wine at all. Surprise your friends with this retro fave.
- 1 envelope gelatine
- 1/2 c cold water
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 c hot water
- 1/2 c red wine (Original recipe suggests sherry. Use whatever you like.)
- 3/4 c sugar (We only used 1/3 c sugar because our sangria had some sweetness. Adjust to your liking depending on the sweetness of your wine.)
- chopped fruit (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, soak the gelatine in the cold water for five minutes.
Add the hot water and stir.
When cool, add the wine, juice from the lemon, and sugar.
Fill individual molds or Tupperware, add chopped fruit if using, and chill until hard and ready to serve.