When serving jelly shots at a party where both adults and kids will be in attendance, I definitely like to provide a kid-friendly gelatin option along with the full-octane adult variety. My recipe for Rainbow Cherry Jigglers was inspired by these wonderful rainbow-hued maraschino cherries found at a local grocery (Roland Cherries can also be ordered online).
Designed for children, yes . . . but surprisingly appealing to adults as well! When this recipe first appeared on the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog earlier this year, I received a flood of comments and emails asking how to make a “Big Boy” version of the Rainbow Cherry Jiggler.
Easy peasy – just swap out 1/3 to 1/2 of the juice called for in each layer and replace with your favorite clear alcohol (a flavored vodka or rum would be great!). Instructions for preparing a spiked version vary only minimally – for each layer, dissolve the gelatin in the juice, remove from heat, stir in the alcohol, and proceed per the instructions.
The flexible silicone half-sphere molds used to set the jelly shots were purchased from Kerekes. The jelly shots could also be set in a 9”x9” square cake pan, with cherries spaced at regular intervals, then cut into desired shapes with a knife.
Important serving tip: the cake sprinkles are a very cute garnish, however for best results be sure to add them at the very last moment.
“Spiked” or “virgin”, I hope Rainbow Cherry Jigglers prove to be a fun addition to your bag of party tricks!
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!