The weather has been a bit cool and rainy here in Minneapolis.
My fingers are crossed for some sunshine, but in the meantime, I’ll make do daydreaming about patio-friendly cocktails. AND Jelly Shots, like this Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shot! What could be better on a warm sunny afternoon than a little cube of watermelon and basil scented heaven? I rest my case!
I made versions of the jelly shot with both vodka and gin – it works great with either. The experiments didn’t stop there. I used a gin with floral notes, and added a drop of rosewater – which was wonderful. (Important safety tip – a SINGLE drop of the highly potent rosewater will do – it is tempting to use more but trust me, this will only result in a jelly shot that tastes rather bouquet-ish!) The recipe was also tested with mint, which was quite nice!
For serving, the jelly shots were cut into 3/4 inch squares and skewered with fresh watermelon (cut into flower shapes with a tiny cookie cutter), and fresh basil. However, serving options abound. The jelly shots could be cut larger and served on a round of watermelon acting as plate for the jelly shot, or served in an appetizer spoon with a little finely chopped watermelon and basil on top, salsa style. Any way you slice it, the fresh watermelon slices and basil add a nice burst of flavor.
Hope you enjoy!
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!