4th of July Strawberry Shots

Fireworks, BBQs, and Jello Shots!!! It’s time to celebrate American Independence and serving up vodka soaked sweet cream layered in cored out strawberries to all your closest friends and neighbors is the best way to do it.  These boozy bites will be devoured at a rooftop party hosted by my neighbors and myself tomorrow as we get a prime view of the fireworks. Happy 4th of July!


2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
½ cup cold water
½ cup boiling water
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 drops of blue food coloring
2 pounds of large strawberries


In a bowl, sprinkle 2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of gelatin evenly over 1/2 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for two minutes. Whisk in boiling water until gelatin is full dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature and stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vodka. Divide the mixture into two equal parts in separate bowls and stir blue food coloring in to one of them. Refrigerate both mixtures until thickened to the consistency of a gel.

Meanwhile, slice off the top leafy bit of each strawberry. Use a strawberry huller or small melon baller to core out the strawberries, making sure you don’t dig so deep that you create a hole in the bottom. Stand the strawberries upright in muffin tin or a baking pan. Spoon the blue mixture into the strawberries. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, checking it often, until the gelatin is set but not completely firm- the gelatin should stick to your finger when touched.

Spoon the white mixture into the strawberries over the blue. Refrigerate overnight until firm. Carefully cut the gelatin filled strawberries in half lengthwise and serve.

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