Espresso Martini Jello Shots

Jello shots bring back a lot of memories….mostly those I’d like not to recall  🙂   I was young, they were fruity, sugary and colorful.  Who could resist?  Need I say more??

Flash forward to adulthood.  I mean really, can’t we still have fun?  I served these at a cocktail party this past weekend; Espresso Martini Jello Shots.  I like to spice up my parties by adding in the unexpected, something different and whimsical.  More sophisticated for the adult palate; espresso coffee, espresso and vanilla vodka and Kahlua topped with whipped cream and a chocolate covered espresso bean!!

I made these in my Wilton silicon brownie pan.  They could be also made in little cups or an 8 x 8 baking pan and then cut out into little squares.  The cups would make them easier to pick up as they are a little wiggly but no one seemed to mind!

Espresso Martini Jello Shots

Adapted from Jello Shot Test Kitchen

1 cup brewed dark roast or espresso coffee, cooled

2 ½ envelopes Knox gelatin

1/3 cup espresso flavored vodka

1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka

1/3 cup Kahlua

1 teaspoon agave or simple syrup

Prepared whipped cream

Chocolate covered espresso beans

Prepare the mold or baking pan with non-stick spray.  If using the mold place it on a baking sheet that will fit into the refrigerator.

Pour coffee/espresso into small saucepan.  Sprinkle on gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over very low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the vodkas and Kahlua, stirring well.  Add agave or simple syrup to taste.  Pour into the mold, pan or cups.  Refrigerate until fully set, several hours or overnight.  Cut into squares or pop out of the mold and plate.  At serving time, top with whipped cream and an espresso bean.  Makes about 15-20 shots.

22 thoughts on “Espresso Martini Jello Shots

  1. Oh my! These do not look like any jello shots I have ever seen, but indeed are much more inviting and delectable looking that the original jello shots. And made with some of my favorite beverages to boot!

  2. Be glad I wasn’t at that party. You would’ve been thinking I swear I just put that tray down and I would have had a very satisfied look on my face. Seriously, those look great and I’m going to try this at a party in the future. I bet they do go fast. This is just the coolest idea. Jello shots for grown ups! OK, I’ll stop gushing.:)

  3. Great taste, they look fantastic, and after a few, a very nice buzz. Something I will try on my next party. Thank you Ms. Spice.

  4. *gasp* oooooh…I gotta make these! You know, I’ve never had a Jello shot in my life, and I’ve always wanted to try it so I’m gonna give this a try using my homemade coffee liqueur which tastes just as good as Kahlua. I can’t wait to try these!! Thanks!! 🙂

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