I know that St. Patrick’s Day is already behind us and Easter is now ahead of us but frankly, as an adult, which one is more fun? If you’re like me at all and not quite ready to let go of the fun of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a great way to find some balance and mirth in between both holidays: Stout Jello Shots. Yes, jello shots. No, not like the hundreds you did in college. These have a sense of refinement and fun to them that speak of not bottom shelf vodka and bad decisions, but hanging out with friends and celebrating the truly good times. After all, we’re adults now and all that adulting we do every single day should be celebrated. So let’s get to it!
5 packets unflavored gelatin 1 12-ounce stout beer
1 cup water
2 cups Irish Cream liqueur, like Bailey’s
Optional - good quality chocolate, for shavings & miniature marshmallows, for toasting
Step 1: Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with plastic wrap. Make sure your beer and 1 cup of the Irish Cream liqueur are in the fridge and chilling. Bring the 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan.
Step 2: Pour the boiling water into a medium size mixing bowl and whisk in 3 of the gelatin packets. Once thoroughly blended, add the beer & whisk thoroughly. Pour mixture into the lined pan and place in the fridge until firmly set, approximately 2 hours. This is our stout layer. Go ahead and wash the bowl and whisk so you can reuse them for the next layer.
Step 3: Next we’ll make the “head” for the beer layer. Bring 1 cup of Irish Cream liqueur to a boil in a small saucepan.
Step 4: Pour boiling Irish Cream liqueur into the mixing bowl and whisk in the remaining 2 packets of gelatin. Whisk thoroughly - you don’t want lumps! Then add the 1 cup cold Irish Cream liqueur. Whisk thoroughly to blend.
Step 5: Before you pour the top layer on, use a fork to gently score the stout layer. This will help the two layers stick together. Pour the head layer on and place in the fridge to chill, approximately two hours. It's ok to let this chill longer though, you want to make sure it is well and truly set.
Step 6: Grasping the edges of the plastic wrap, gently lift the jello out of the pan and place onto a flat surface. Use a clean knife to cut the jello into approximately 1 inch squares. If the jello starts sticking to the knife, simply rinse it off - this will help it not stick. I rinsed the knife between rows. Place cut squares onto a tray or dish for serving.
Step 7: If you want, you can top the squares with shaved chocolate, toasted mini-marshmallows, or whatever topping you fancy. To toast the marshmallows, put them on a skewer (metal works better than wood here), and toast them gently over a small flame. Once toasted, gently place them on top of the jello shots.
Thoughts & Notes: I used Three Notch’d Big Poppa Biggie S’mores beer for mine. In hindsight though, I would recommend saving your really awesome stout for sipping on while imbibing these jello shots and using another stout instead. Guinness would be fantastic here. If you don’t want to deal with cutting the jello into squares, you could also use miniature mugs and fill them with the jello as you go instead of the pan. I felt like that was a little too reminiscent of college days and trying to loosen jello shots with my finger and then wondering what I was supposed to do with a sticky finger without making more of a mess especially when that cute guy was nearby! I’m a grown-up now, I married the cute guy, I don’t need to do weird things with fingers in jello just to have a drink. But you do you, I won’t judge. Pinterest it up if that’s you! These are meant to be fun, so have fun with them. You’re an adult, you’ve got this.