I know. Isn’t this picture amazing? I just HAD to make them. And although my turned out so very pretty (and totally adictive) – my pictures did not.
What can I say about this recipe? If you do make them you will be rewarded with vodka jelly shots that will win you acclaim. But only after a lot of time, effort and expense went into it. Is is worth it? In my opinion it depends on the event. I made them for dinner party of 8 and it was well worth it. My advice? Follow the recipe to a “T”!
The recipe comes from Cooking Light so I even rationalized that these were good for me – LOL:) But I do love my Cooking Light subscription - I got so many great recipes every month! (this is not a paid endorsement – I just love the mag!)
Lemony Blackberry Vodka Gelees
- 1 1/2 cups vodka, divided
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup water, divided
- Cooking spray
- 8 cups blackberries
- Blackberries (optional)
- Lemon rind strips (optional)
- 1. Place 1 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add hot lemon juice mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Pour lemon-vodka mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; chill 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- 2. Place remaining 1/2 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle remaining 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1/2 cup water, and 8 cups blackberries in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring mixture occasionally. Strain blackberry mixture through a fine sieve over a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard solids. Add 2 cups hot blackberry mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves (reserve remaining blackberry mixture for another use). Gradually pour blackberry-vodka mixture evenly over partially set lemon-vodka mixture. Chill 3 hours or until set. Cut into 36 cubes. Garnish with blackberries and lemon rind strips, if desired.
Recipe and picture courtesy of Cooking Light, July 2013