Mojito Jello

May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Mint, Recipe, Rum, Tonic | 3 Comments
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In the spirit of the plethora of Kentucky Derby parties that were happening this past Saturday, I thought that a Mint Julep jello may be in order.  I don’t care much for bourbon and thought rum would make a sweeter substitute. However a Mint Julep with rum rather than bourbon is a Mojito, so I just went ahead and made a Mojito Jello. This mold calls for a syrup of simmered mint leaves and sugar with white rum, lime juice, and a bit of tonic to give it some fun bubbles. The recipe for this appears in my new book Hello Jell-O!.

1 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
1 cup tonic
3/4 cup rum
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 or 5 fresh mint leaves for garnish

In a saucepan, bring mint leaves, sugar, and 1cup of the water to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Strain out mint leaves.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, sprinkle gelatin evenly over 1/2 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for two minutes. Stir in boiling water and sugar mixture until gelatin is fully dissolved.  Allow to cool and stir in tonic, rum, and lime juice. Refrigerate until thickened.  Stir thickened gelatin to create bubbles.  Spoon a small amount into a 3-cup mold. Arrange the mint leaves for garnish in a pattern over the gelatin in the mold and gently spoon the remaining gelatin into the mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve.


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  1. Hi Victoria,
    I love your blog and looking at the beautiful photos of your jello creations. I hope a book deal is right around the corner so that we can buy our own copies and have your lucious recipes to try at home. In case it is not, have you ever considered printing your own e-book and selling it online through your blog or at Amazon? I would love to buy the book soon one way or another. In the meantime I will just look at the glorious photos. I would love to have your pina colada recipe if that is something you can share. Thanks for the blog and your inspiration. I would never have tried using sweetened condensed milk with gelatin before reading your blog. Thanks, GJ

    • The book is planned to be released in early 2012 with Ten Speed Press/Random House. I will defiantly have more info about the book soon. I can not give out the recipe for the pina colada since it will be in the book. Thanks so much for your interest and your patience!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever been in love with Jello before visiting your blog. I heard about it on Splendid Table and I’m just amazed at what jello can do. Wonderful blog and I’ll keep coming back.

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