I love jello shots. I go through weird food phases. Right now it happens to be jello shots, homemade bagels, and frozen edamame. I sort of love the fact that you can buy gelatin powder and make any drink into a jello shot. I tweaked a sangria recip from Bobby Flay to make these, it's got a little more sweet fruit juices and alcohol. The sangria recipe alone is amazing, and I put the link to the original at the bottom. As a jello shot it replicates the taste of sangria exactly. The candied orange peel garnish may be guilding the lily, but I love it.
Use cheap Spanish red wine or cabernet/merlot/etc. - cheaper bottles were actually rated by America's Test Kitchen as providing a better tasting end product than expensive ones. I bought a huge bottle of this cabernet-merlot (it has hints of blackberry and spice) from Yellowtail and it only cost me about $11, plus there was plenty left over for drinking. My amazing cousin helped to make these, and we had an awesome time drinking (eating?) them with friends.
Sangria Jello Shots with Candied Orange Peel
For the sangria jelly shots:
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pomegranite juice
4 envelopes (about 8 tsp) Knox gelatin
2 cups (about 2/3 bottle) red wine
1 lemon, sliced and seeded
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 apple, sliced
1/3 cup brandy
2 tbl triple sec
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup club soda
candied orange peel
In a small saucepan mix together the orange and pomegranite juice. Sprinkle the gelatin over top and let soak for 2 minutes. Set over low heat and let dissolve for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Meanwhile add the red wine to a large glass with the sliced lemon, orange, and apple. Using a muddle stick or the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the fruit and wine. Strain into the gelatin mixture. Stir in the brandy, triple sec, vodka, and club soda. (At this point if the mixture tastes too strong you can add a little more fruit juice, or likewise if it's too weak for you add a little more vodka.) Pour into shot cups and put in the refrigerator to set for at least 3 hours. Garnish with candied orange peel.
*Makes about 30 jelly shots.
Source: Original sangria recipe heavily adapted from Bobby Flay. Jelly shot method adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen.