Red, White, and Blueberry Watermelon Coolers

June 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Blueberry, Booze, IceCream, Jello Shots, Mint, Recipe, Rum, Vanilla | 1 Comment

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Summer is officially here and that means its time for 4th of July celebrations! Get patriotic with red, white, and blue jello shots. Minty, rummy, watermelon treats topped with cool and creamy vanilla ice cream garnished with blueberries will get your backyard BBQ or rooftop fireworks display off to a festive start. Have a happy Independence Day America!

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German Chocolate Cake Shots

April 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Butterscotch, Cake, Chocolate, Coconut, Jello Shots, Recipe, Rum, Vodka | 3 Comments

German Chocolate Cake Shots
Contrary to popular belief, German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany, but was named for the American baking chocolate inventor Sam German. That, however, did not stop me from making these German Chocolate Cake pudding shots for a recent German themed birthday party at a German beer hall. Layered with chocolate pudding infused with cake flavor vodka and butterscotch pudding infused with rum and topped with shredded coconut, these pudding shots were erstaunlich lecker!

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Star Spangled Shooters

June 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Blueberry, Booze, IceCream, Jello Shots, Recipe, Rum, Vanilla, Vodka | 1 Comment

Star Spangled Shooters

It’s summer! The arrival of the warm weather coincided perfectly with the first official day of summer and that means Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner. For this year’s rooftop BBQ and fireworks display I made festive Star Spangled jello shooters. Vodka or rum liven up mini jello stars layered with blueberry, vanilla ice cream, and fun sprinkles! Have a happy 4th!

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Coquito

December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Allspice, Booze, Cinnamon, CoconutMilk, Nutmeg, Recipe, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk, Vanilla | 3 Comments
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Coquito

Inspired by Margarita, my Puerto Rican con-worker (at my non-jello day job), and her annual holiday offering of Coquito, Puerto Rico’s version of eggnog, I made a Coquito Jello for this year’s office holiday party. Loaded to the gills with rum (at least the way Margarita makes it) it has a creamy base of coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk and is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Intoxicatingly delicious!  See the recipe below and have a Merry Christmas!

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Spiked Jello Poke Cupcakes

October 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Butter, Cake, Cream, Nutella, Recipe, Rum, Strawberry, Vanilla | 1 Comment
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With homemade Nutella buttercream frosting! 

This year for Victor‘s birthday I wanted to make something extra special. I have made Jello Poke Cake in the past but wanted to trying something that would be easier to serve to a dozen friends out for a birthday brunch in the neighborhood. These vanilla cupcakes are special because they have stripes of strawberry rum jello inside. They are topped with an icing made with a blend of butter, sugar, and everyone’s favorite Nutella (an entire jar!). These were a sell-out hit at Victor’s brunch, everyone had two. Happy Birthday Victor!

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Sparkling Summer Berries

June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Blueberry, Booze, BrownSugar, GingerAle, Recipe, Rum, Strawberry | Leave a comment
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With the 4th of July BBQs right around the corner, this festive and fruity jello mold is the perfect compliment to your backyard get-together. Sweet strawberries and blueberries are suspended in refreshing and bubbly ginger ale. A little rum makes it a party favorite for the adults with an option make it non-alcoholic if you decide you want to share with the kiddies. I wrote this recipe especially for the Cooking Channel where you can find the recipe complete with process photos.  Happy July 4th!

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Orange Spice & Cream

September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Peach, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk, Vinegar | Leave a comment
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Fall is setting in in Brooklyn and with it come the fall-time jellos. This one is a remake of the Orange Spice Jello with a middle layer of orange gelatin, peaches, and rum, spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and the zing of vinegar. In addition, it has a top and bottom layer of sweetened condensed milk flavored with peach syrup and a touch of cinnamon. This jello was made for a going away party for my dear friend John who is off to the deep south to return to school. Good luck John! I miss you already!

Minty Watermelon Ice Cream

September 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, IceCream, Mint, Rum, Vanilla, Watermelon | 1 Comment
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For Labor Day weekend I made this refreshing treat perfect for that end-of-summer BBQ. It is made with a layer of cool vanilla ice cream, topped with a layer of minty watermelon and rum. Yum! Party guests devoured it with delight. This recipe will be included in my new book due out February 2012. Happy Labor Day!

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!.

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Cafe Freeze

March 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Lime, Pineapple, Recipe, RecipeBook, Rum, Sherbet | 6 Comments

My mother gave me this fabulous cocktail recipe book circa 1979 featuring the house cocktails of nation’s most popular restaurants of the day. I’ve been wanting to make a cocktail inspired jello from this book for a while , and with a ton of rum on hand, I chose the Cafe Freeze. This cocktail hails from Chicago’s once great art deco eartey Arnie’s and is made with rum, tangy lime sherbet, pineapple gelatin, and garnished with lime slices. It was enjoyed at a basketball party over the weekend. (Go VCU!)

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Wassail Jello

December 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Allspice, Apple, Booze, Cinnamon, Clove, Cranberry, Orange, Rum | Leave a comment
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Inspired by my friend Sydney‘s yearly holiday party tradition of brewing up some yummy hot wassail punch, spiked with dark rum, comes this cold, gelatinous version of the delicious treat.  Its made with apple and cranberry juice, slow simmered with allspice, cloves and an orange. Of course rum is added before it goes in the fridge for cooling and solidifying. This jello mold will be served up at Syd’s holiday party this week and I look forward to seeing how it stands up to its liquid counterpart.  This holiday recipe is another that will appear in my forthcoming book.

Candy Corn Jello

October 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Jello Shots, Orange, Pineapple, Recipe, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 2 Comments
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For the last in a series of Halloween jellos made for Kitchen Daily, I made these tropical fruit flavored versions of everyone’s favorite Halloween treat, Candy Corns.  I used sweetened condensed milk, with orange and pineapple flavored gelatin.  A second, larger version of this jello mold was created for this weekend’s festivities, only with the added bonus of rum!  Click to read the full article and learn how to make your own at KitchenDaily.com  Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Mango Melon Surprise

July 20, 2010 at 8:41 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Mango, Melon, Rum | 2 Comments
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(The surprise is rum!)

For Rebecca‘s birthday this year I made this fruity and festive summer mold with mango gelatin, mango rum, and cantaloupe.  I found these mini cookie cutters at a shop in Chinatown and they were perfect for cutting the cantaloupe into fun star and flower shapes for the mold.  The folks at The Redhead were kind enough to let me bring my jello in and serve it after our celebratory meal despite their list of gourmet desserts.  

The evening ended with a pile temporary tattoos being creatively altered and applied to the birthday girl. Included is this tribute to my boozy dessert, giving new meaning to the phrase “There’s always room for Jello!”.  I am truly honored.

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Rum Raisin Jello

January 4, 2010 at 2:54 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cinnamon, Eggnog, Raisin, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 7 Comments
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This Rum Raisin Jello mold was severed for New Years and was a hit. In addition to rum and raisins, its flavored with sweetened condensed milk, eggnog,and cinnamon.

Eggnog Jello

December 22, 2009 at 3:39 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Eggnog, Rum | 6 Comments
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This gelatinous version of a favorite holiday beverage is comprised of an eggnog layer on the top and a creamy dark rum layer on the bottom. A sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg add the finishing touch. Art gave this mold at my Jello Birthday Party. Thanks Art!

Jello Party

November 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, CoolWhip, CottageCheese, CreamCheese, Gooseberry, Grape, Mango, Orange, Peach, Pistachio, Rum, SourCream, Vodka, WorcestershireSauce | 2 Comments
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Savory Cheese Mold

Peach Blackberry Jello Minis

Mojito Jello Mini

D'Gari Gelatin

To celebrate my own Scorpio birthday this year I threw a Jello Party. I made my first savory jello for the occasion of chive cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and Worcestershire sauce.  I also created an array of liquor filled mini jellos in such flavors as peach, mango, gooseberry, and mojito, all with either rum or vodka. In addition I made a pistachio dessert jello with whipped topping. I was introduced to D’Gari gelatin mixes which come in a variety of exotic flavors (like Walnut, Coconut, Chocolate, and Eggnog) and are made with either water or milk. I used these to make most of the jello minis and the pistachio jello.

Cherry Pineapple Jello

November 9, 2009 at 2:15 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cherry, Pineapple, Rum | 2 Comments
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Cherry Pineapple Jello

Scorpio Birthday season continues with Lans’ birthday. For the occasion I made this cherry jello with rum, topped with pineapple.

Orange Spice Jello

July 23, 2009 at 12:06 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cinnamon, Orange, Peach, Recipe, Rum, Vinegar | 2 Comments
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 This zesty recipe has a unique flavor that made it a sell-out hit at game night with friends this week. It is made with orange gelatin, peaches, cinnamon, cloves, vinegar, and rum. Yum! The recipe for jello mold will be included in my new book, but I have included it below so you can try it now!

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Pina Colada Jello

July 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cherry, CoconutMilk, Pineapple, Rum | 1 Comment
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I made this Pina Colada jello mold for Rebecca‘s birthday party. It is pineapple Jello with coconut milk and spiced rum, topped with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. I was a little worried that it would be gross but it was absolutely yummy and a total hit! (So much so that during the party while I was up on the roof people where downstairs having their portraits made with the jello. Thanks Handel!)

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