When Emma over at A Beautiful Mess posted this recipe for “grown up” jello shots I was incredibly excited. This summer has been filled with fun get-togethers, and few things say “summer fun” like mojitos and jello.
However, the main problem with jello is that it is made from gelatin, something that vegans and many vegetarians abstain from. Not wanting anyone to be left out I chose to adapt the recipe, veganize it and share it with you all.
So, welcome to the first edition of “Let’s Make A Thing” where I teach you how to make something either fun or useful, but hopefully both.
The first problem is finding a good gelatin alternative. Though there are a few “vegan gelatins” out there and kosher gelatins I’ve found the easiest one to get a hold of is agar agar
It’s an all natural, seaweed, flavourless powder or flakes that can make just about anything set. Don’t be fooled by it’s smell, it’s completely tasteless.
For about 20 full half lime shots, or 40 quarter lime shots you will need
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Agar Agar Powder or 1 1/4 Tablespoons Agar Agar Flakes
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 4 stems fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/4 cup white rum
Unlike gelatin, agar agar dissolves in boiling water, so put your water in a pot, bring it to a boil and stir in the agar. Continue to stir until mostly dissolved and then leave to simmer. Allow one to five minutes for powder, and ten to fifteen minutes for the flakes. Continue to check until it is fully dissolved.
Bring the heat down to medium and add in your sugar, stirring until it dissolves.
Bring the pot off the heat and quickly add your lime juice, and white rum, throw in the three mint stems, cover the pot and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes.
As the solution steeps, finely chop a few lime leaves far garnish and prepare the rimming sugar.
Now you can either pour these into disposable shot glasses and let sit in a fridge overnight and be done with it. Or you can make things both fancier and more eco friendly by making bio degradable lime “glasses”
THE LIME GLASSES
To make the lime shot glasses, (also a great way to get fresh lime juice for the shots themselves, if like me you do not have a juicer), you’re going to need about ten medium sized limes.
Cut the limes in half and using a small but sharp knife remove the line which divides your segment in half. I don’t know what to call this “line”, but it’s sort of like a ligament.
Using the same knife, carve around the inside of the lime in a circle to loosen up the fruit.
To remove the lime fruit, I suggest putting on a pair of plastic gloves and using your hands. It’s much easier to remove the fruit, and you get a much cleaner inside.
Transfer the lime flesh into a larger bowl, squeeze and then strain for fresh lime juice.
Finally, transfer the lime halves to the freezer for about two hours so they will better hold their shape.
At the last minute, I decided to make a rimmer for the limes as we had a bit of lime juice and a few hollowed out lime shells left over. Rimmers are not incredibly common in mojitos but I like the way it looks, and the yummy taste.
The rimming sugar was kind of invented on the fly, so I don’t have any concrete measurements.
Simply mix sugar with a pinch of salt, a few drops of lime juice and lime zest.
Lightly wet the tips of your shot glasses, or limes, dip them in the sugar and pour your shot mixture and then pop those babies in the fridge.
Now you have delicious, cruelty free jello shots.