Saturday, February 4, 2012

R is for: Ruby Red{zone} Greyhound Jello Shots

Since I launched this blog in October of last year, I've learned a ton about food blogging, photography, recipe writing, and html code. I've also learned that people really love jello shots. Out of the 93 posts I've done, my top two in terms of page views (by a landslide) are the Jolly Jello Shots and the Lemon Peel Jello Shots. And coming in at number 4? ThPomegranate Rosé Jello Shots.

I figured Super Bowl was a great time to roll out another delicious alcohol drink in gelatin form. I thought long and hard about different variations...football shaped shots, referee striped shots, or red and blue shots to represent the two teams playing this weekend.

But in the end, I decided to go more for an interesting flavor combo, and something that you can continue to make long after the Super Bowl outcome has been decided. Greyhounds. Let me also say that I love Greyhounds. Nothing beats vodka with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. I've always liked them, but Lion Pub really sealed the deal for me. (Next time you go there, definitely order one).


To make them, you'll need some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. (A cup to be exact). Carefully juice your grapefruit and strain the juice to remove any pulp or seeds. (Removing the pulp will reduce your liquid a tad, so you'll want to start out with slightly more than a cup).


Just like the Lemon Peel Jello Shots, we're actually going to use the grapefruit peels as an easy way to hold the jello shots. Using a grapefruit knife and spoon, remove the pulp, making sure not to poke any holes in the peel.


Pour the grapefruit juice in a small saucepan and sprinkle with 1.5 to 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (depending on how firm you like your shots to be). Now, because my juice wasn't too pink (like, at all), I also added 1/8 teaspoon of cherry jello to give it a little more pink color. (A drop of pink food coloring would also do the trick.) Let it soak for a minute or two. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and heat until gelatin and sugar have dissolved, about five minutes.


Pour in vodka and water and transfer to something with a pour spout (like a measuring cup). Place grapefruit halves in a muffin pan to keep them stabilized and pour in the grapefruit juice mixture.


Don't be afraid to fill them up full. The jello will shrink slightly while it sets. For me, this recipe yielded exactly six grapefruit halves. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.


Once jello has completely set, cut each "cup" in half, and then in half again. Six grapefruit halves will make 24 shots. To turn it into a drinking game, take a Ruby Red{zone} shot every time your team gets into the red zone. Enjoy! (And always drink responsibly).


Ruby Red Greyhound Jello Shots

by Jaymee Sire
Keywords: jello shot dessert gluten-free vegetarian knox gelatin jello grapefruit whipped cream vodka Super Bowl

Ingredients (24 shots)
  • 3-5 large grapefruits
  • 1.5 to 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (depending on how firm you want your shot to be)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cherry jello or 1 drop pink food coloring (for pink color)
  • 3/4 cup vodka (a grapefruit one would be good!)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Carefully juice enough grapefruit to yield a cup of juice and strain to remove any pulp or seeds.
  2. Remove pulp by using a grapefruit knife and spoon. (Make sure not to poke any holes in the peel). You will probably only need about 6 grapefruit halves.
  3. Pour the grapefruit juice in a small saucepan and sprinkle with Knox unflavored gelatin. For color, add 1/8 teaspoon of cherry jello. (A drop of pink food coloring would also do the trick.) Let it soak for a minute or two. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and heat until gelatin and sugar have dissolved, about five minutes.
  4. Pour in vodka and water and transfer to something with a pour spout (like a measuring cup). Place grapefruit halves in a muffin pan to keep them stabilized and pour in the grapefruit juice mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Cut each "cup" in half, and then in half again. Six grapefruit halves will make 24 shots.
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7 comments:

  1. these look great...there is a restaurant in philly that serves a drink called the hemingway grapefruit juice and tequila with cayenne pepper on the rim it's awesome! If this was posted yesterday I would of went for it! I made 6 different jello shots-your lemon meringue, referee (but taste like orange sicle, mojito, chocolate covered cherry, blue berry blast daiquiri concoction, and margarita...these ruby red beauties are NEXT! thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Wow....those all sound awesome!

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    2. they were great! these ruby reds are next!

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  2. I am absolutely going to make these! Beautiful colour! I was getting bored of seeing the lemon ones. This is a fun change and I love the tartness of the grapefruit. I even have grapefruit vodka in my liquor cabinet! BOOM.

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  3. OMG these are gorgeous! I have a ton of grapefruit I really don't know what to do with .... love!!

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    1. Perfect! That's exactly how this recipe came about. I had soooo many grapefruit in my fridge from a friend.

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