Champagne is an expected staple for New Year’s Eve parties and holiday celebrations alike. Dare to be different and make these champagne Jell-O shots, a lusciously jiggly cocktail inspired by CakeWhiz.
A lip-smacking festive drink, these fancy Jell-O shots show up to the party flaunting refreshing cranberry ginger flavor and a showy rim of edible gold stars. The eye-catching crimson gelatin is made with an effervescent combination of cranberry Jell-O, champagne, and ginger ale that excitedly wiggles in the glass and goes down deliciously smooth.
Make-ahead amazing. Though our champagne Jell-O shots take only minutes to make, they do need to set up in the refrigerator for at least four hours. We love Jell-O shots because they are the ultimate make-ahead holiday cocktail. Once you put your jigglers in the refrigerator, you’re free to take care of other party essentials. No need to stress about mixing drinks right before your guests arrive or after the party has started.
Upon your first sip (slurp!), you’ll vow to make these wiggly jiggly cocktails for all your festive occasions. You can customize the flavor and color for year-round celebrations by swapping in different flavors of Jell-O mix. You can also rim the glasses with edible glitter or coarse-grain sugar in coordinating colors.
Kid-friendly party tip. Jell-O shots aren’t just for grown-ups. Let’s face it, kids flip for the wiggly jiggly stuff. You can make these Jell-O shots without the champagne for a non-alcoholic kids party drink. Simply, replace the champagne with an equal amount of ginger ale or 7-Up and follow the recipe as directed. Rimming the glass is optional.
Bartenders note: Edible gold stars are available at craft stores in the cake decorating section and can also be purchased online. Edible stars and glitter may give desserts a fancy look but, when used to rim glasses, they add a dazzling touch that makes you look like a cocktail pro.
Pour corn syrup into a small plate. Place edible gold stars in another small plate. Dip the rim of each glass into the corn syrup, then press the rims down on the gold stars until each rim is fully coated. Set the glasses aside.
Mix up the gelatin
In a nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the water and Jell-O mix. Cook the mixture, whisking continuously, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside.
Make the Jell-O shots
In a pitcher, combine champagne, ginger ale, and gelatin mixture. Stir well to combine.
Refrigerate the Jell-O shots
Carefully pour the champagne mixture into each of the prepared glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to allow the Jell-O shots to set.
Serve and enjoy
Garnish each Jell-O cocktail with a fresh cranberry and serve.
Elegant looking and fun
Sparkling gold stars are so festive
Vibrant colors are so gorgeous on a serving tray
A unique way to serve champagne
No one will believe how simple these were to prepare!
1/4 cup edible gold stars (for decorating rim of glasses), poured on a saucer
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons cranberry-flavored Jell-O, or your favorite flavor
2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
1/2 cup ginger ale
To rim the glasses: Dip the rim of each glass into the corn syrup. Press the rims down over the plate of gold stars until the rims are fully coated. Set aside.
To make the shots: In a nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk water and Jell-O together. Cook mixture, whisking continuously, for 2 to 3 minutes or until gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat. Set aside.
In a pitcher, combine champagne, ginger ale, and gelatin mixture, stirring well to combine.
Pour champagne mixture into prepared glasses.
Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
*This recipe makes 3 Jell-O cocktails if using 8-ounce glasses.