2. Blood Orange Mimosa Jello Shots
These are inspired by Jaymee Sire, the brilliant blogger behind e is for eat. See her post. We used tangerines because they are easier to find than real blood oranges, and made the prettiest cups. But you could also use navel oranges or actual blood oranges with great results. The cups will just be slightly more difficult to clean out. Adjust food coloring amount accordingly.
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Makes 20 Jello Shots
5 tangerines (including the 1 cup of fresh tangerine juice you’ll get from them)
1.5 packets unflavored Knox gelatin
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup champagne or sparkling wine
1/4 cup orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
2-4 drops red food coloring
Slice tangerines crosswise. Using a reamer or electric juicer, juice the tangerines. Strain the juice until you have 1 cup. (If you don’t have enough juice, just add some store-bought orange juice.) Carefully flip the rind inside out and peel the fruit away from the pith (can use a paring knife to make this less messy) to make a clean “cup.” Set tangerine cups in cups of a muffin pan.
To make filling: Pour juice into small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin and sugar. Allow gelatin to soak for about two minutes. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and gelatin are both dissolved. Let mixture cool to warm. Add champagne and Triple Sec. Add red food coloring until you like the color. Transfer to a container with a spout.
Pour mixture into tangerine cups. Allow to set several hours or overnight.
Turn tangerine cups out onto a cutting board, Jell-O side down. Using a serrated knife, cut each tangerine in half lengthwise and serve.
RECIPE CREDIT: Recipe inspired by E is for Eat