The summer sun has officially risen over Brooklyn and this Memorial Day weekend was a scorcher (which meant I got in some much needed beach and biking time). To celebrate the holiday weekend and the love of the sun I made this Tequila Sunrise jello which was served at a backyard BBQ. Its gradient layers are made with real orange juice, silver tequila, and grenadine with cherries. It was delicious. Happy summer everyone!
3 tablespoons (3 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
3/4 cups cold water
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup clear (silver) tequila
1 1/2 cups Orange Juice (without pulp)
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of Grenadine
3/4 cup pitted dark sweet cherries.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Stir in 3/4 cup of the boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in orange juice and tequila. Reserve 1 1/4 cup of the orange juice and tequila mixture and pour the remainder into a 6 cup mold. Refrigerate until gelatin is set but not firm (should stick to your finger when touched).
Meanwhile, stir 2 tablespoons of the grenadine into the reserved 1 1/4 cup of the orange juice/tequila mixture. Gently spoon into the mold over the first orange juice/tequila layer. Refrigerate until gelatin is set but not firm.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Stir in 1/2 cup of the boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in 3/4 cup of the grenadine. Refrigerate until thickened to the consistency of a gel. Fold in cherries and gently spoon into the mold over the second orange juice/tequila/grenadine layer. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve.