Red, White, and Blueberry Watermelon Coolers

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!

1 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups sugar
3 1/4 cups water
5 tablespoons (5 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
1 cup white rum (replace with cold water for the kiddos)
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup boiling water
2 cups ice cream, softened
Blueberries and frilly toothpicks for garnish

House Cake WareIn a saucepan, bring mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, and 2 cups of the water to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain out mint leaves.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, sprinkle 3 tablespoons (3 envelopes) of gelatin evenly over 3/4 cup of the water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for two minutes. Stir in boiling minty water and sugar mixture until gelatin is full dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature and stir in the rum. Refrigerate until thickened to the consistency of a gel. Fold in watermelon and spoon into a 13×19 or equivalent sized pan. Refrigerate for about 15 to 20 minutes, checking it often, until the gelatin is set but not completely firm- the gelatin should stick to your finger when touched.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sprinkle 2 tablespoons (2 packages) of gelatin over 1/2 cup of the water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Stir in 1 cup boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in ice cream until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature and spoon into the pan over minty watermelon layer. Refrigerate overnight until firm.

Dip the pan in warm (not hot) for 15 seconds to loosen the gelatin. Use mini star or flower shaped cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Gently lift out and onto a plate. Spear a blueberry to the top with a frilly toothpick.

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