It’s the last party food entry into my Oscar party nibbles menu! So far I’ve made spicy apricot slow cooker meatballs and glittery chocolate-covered pretzels, and now I’m all in for some boozy Champagne Jello shots.
Unflavored gelatin is an amazing thing. You can mix almost anything into it: fruit juice, soda, and of course, alcohol. For a sparkly and festive take, I’m using sparkling wine and diet soda. The recipe calls for cream soda since it makes the best color for Champagne, but I only had diet root beer on hand, so that accounts for the slightly darker color. Either way, Champagne isn’t very sweet, so if you omit the soda for water, add in sugar or another sweetener to compensate.
Instead of using soda for color, you can also add a couple of drops of food coloring. This is especially nice around the holidays. Red and green in winter, pastels for spring… you get the idea.
You can also make virgin versions by substituting non-alcoholic sparkling cider or the same amount of soda instead of sparkling wine. This is great if you have kids around since they’ll surely be eyeballing Jello.
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- 2 cups hot water
- 4 unflavored gelatin packets (1 oz) (I used Knox)
- 1 bottle (12 oz) of cream soda
- 3/4 bottle (25 oz) of champagne
- Sanding sugar or sprinkles
- Boil two cups of water, and stir in gelatin. Let cool for a few minutes.
- Add cream soda (diet is fine!), and champagne.
- Refrigerate 3 - 5 hours. (or overnight)
- Using a knife or cookie cutters sprayed with cooking oil, cut into squares or shapes and set onto a tray.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. When ready, dip the tops into sanding sugar or sprinkles for garnish (do it at the last minute since they may melt!)
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How many oz of soda? Does 1 bottle mean 12 oz? I’m gonna try these for New Year’s, love the bling.
Yep, 12 ounce bottle. Thanks for the catch, I’ve updated the recipe. 🙂
These are beautiful! Can you tell me how much is 3/4 bottle of champagne? Can you tell me how many cups?
Thank you! 25 ox is about 3 cups. 🙂 I hope they’re awesome1
Betty Kanai says
Thanks so much for your quick reply. I MUST make them! They are so festive and so perfect for New Years!
Karen Howard says
These look & sound Yummy, Catherine! I love Champane & Cream Soda too! I’ll definitely make these! I’m following you. Happy New Year! : )
Thanks, Karen! I hope they are awesome for you!
Did you have to oil the pan that you put these in to set up? And how large of a pan did you pour th is into? You didn’t mention that. Going to take to a friends house for New Year’s Eve! Thank you
I did not oil the pan and used an 8×8 bread pan. It’s pretty flexible, though, so go with what you have available. 🙂
Danielle Furden says
What did you sprinkle on top? It looks like a couple different things.
I used a couple of kinds of metallic sprinkles from this set: http://amzn.to/2ixFe9z 🙂
Cyndi P says
Hi I just started to mak this and realized I’m not 100% sure of the soda size. I bought a two liter. Is that right? Thanks and hoping for a quick reply.
Danielle Furden says
She replied earlier that it is only 12 ounces
I was so excited to make these – but as soon I put the sugar on them, they started melting!!! Before I could finish them, I had a serving tray full of liquid! What went wrong???
Sprinkles are definitely going to melt on most wet surfaces, which is why i suggested refrigerating until you’re ready to serve, then putting on the sprinkles. BUT, if you keep them set in the fridge, add a few more sprinkles right before serving and they should look okay. I hope it goes well!!
Gelatine hardened into clumps after adding to boiling water? Now what?
Gelatin needs some stirring to form correctly. Or else the gelatin may be a little old? That’s my best guess. I wish you luck!
Great idea Catherine!
I haven’t tried this yet but have some birthdays in the family soon, so will try it out!!
I also wanted to let you know that you tagged this as “vegetarian” and “low carb”.
It’s not vegetarian b/c gelatin is made from animal bones.
And Low carb also has to be low in sugar since all sugars are carbs (I’m a nutritionist)
So please update the tags. They are def 🙂 misleading.