May 10, 2009

Sangria Bites

A couple weeks ago, I posted about Manhattan Drops, which are basically a sophisticated version of jello shooters. I got the recipe from Food & Drink Magazine and along with the Manhattan Drops, there were recipes for Cucumber Rose Gin and Tonics, White Russian Bars, Cosmopolitan Meltaways and Sangria Bites. Since the Manhattan Drops went over so well, I thought I’d give one of the other recipes a try and decided on the Sangria Bites, mainly because I had most of the ingredients on hand.

If you want to be classy, serve the Sangria Bites in individual spoons, topped with a little lime zest. If you want to go the trashy route, make them in one big pan, hand everyone a spoon and let them dig in. Although the alcohol content in these isn’t as potent as the Manhattan Drops, after enough of them, no one will care how they’re served.

Given the success of these two recipes I think I’m going to venture out on my own and start turning all my favourite drinks into jellies. I’m going to make jellied drinks the new black. Next up on my list to make? Mojito jellies. You know you want some.

Sangria Bites, (Adapted from Food & Drink, Spring 2009)

1 ½ cups lime simple syrup, (equal parts sugar and water, infused with the zest of 3 limes)

3 packages (7g each) unflavoured gelatin crystals.

2 cups Spanish red wine

½ cup Grand Marnier

Extra lime zest for garnish

Pour the simple syrup into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin overtop and stir to combine. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 2 minutes. Place this mixture over low heat and stir, gently splashing around the sides of the pan until all the gelatin has dissolved. Do not boil.

Stir the win and Grand Marnier into the gelatin mixture. Stir slowly for 1 minute. Pour into an 8 inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until very firmly set.

Cut the jelly into cubes and serves with a little lime zest on top.

20 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Mojito jellies...you're right, I want some. Guess I'll enjoy the Sangria ones first.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

What a great idea! Only trick is to keep the little kids away from it -- they'll think it's jello!

Sweet Charity said...

Yes, I would like some mojito jellies... actually I'm sitting here trying to think of a cocktail I wouldn't want as a jelly, and really can't think of one.
Mint Juleps would be fantastic too!
Or Capirinas.
Maybe I'll challenge you to a duel!

anna said...

That's awesome! I'd love to experiment with jellied cocktails like that!

kickpleat said...

oooh, i totally want to try these. i don't like jello, but i think i could easily learn to like these!

Julie said...

Those are so fun...I want the cucumber rose gin things!

Justin Kade said...

Looking Delicious!
I Buy Barbeques

pinknest said...

ooooh this is DEFINITELY something i want to try! how fun for a party!

Cynthia said...

Heck, yeah I want some!

Maria said...

So fun!

Ashley said...

This looks like a real winner! Can't wait to try them :)

Matt said...

sangria is king-shit of all drinks and thus this is king-shit of all jellies...awesome..i tried to do a sangria sorbet at work but they wouldnt let me

Cakelaw said...

Yummo - these are my kind of treat.

Stacey said...

What a GREAT idea! I love Sangria and this looks so fun for a party!

Peabody said...

This looks so refreshing. What a fun idea for Summer dessert.

Robin Sue said...

Oh my this is amazing! I will bookmark this for sure. Thanks for sharing! My friends will love me for this one.

Robin Sue said...

Brilynn, I did make these and blogged about them. Very good and fun. Thanks for the idea!

RecipeGirl said...

Uh, yeah. These would be a recipe that are for me. LOVE these!

Pete said...

Those look absolutely great. I will definately have to give them a try. I also really like the Mint Julep idea!

Gavin said...

I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!