Mint Julep Jello Shots
Mint Julep Jello Shots are just the thing to get your Kentucky Derby Partys started. They have all the flavors of a Mint Julep: bourbon, mint, and sugar, plus a dollop of mint-flavored whipped cream on top.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 8 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 (1/4-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 12 (2-ounce) plastic cups
Mint Whipped Cream
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon creme de menthe or 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 12 mint leaves for garnish
Place a medium bowl in the refrigerator.
Place water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin on top and let soften for 5 minutes.
Once gelatin has softened, add sugar and mint leaves. Stir to combine. Place over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Stir gently occasionally during this time. Do NOT let mixture boil. Gelatin will not set up right if it does.
Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into the refrigerated bowl. Press on mint leaves to get any liquid out. Stir bourbon into the mixture.
Divide mixture evenly between the 12 cups, using a small measuring cup or ladle to pour it in.
Refrigerate until set.
Beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken. Add creme de menthe and powdered sugar and continue to beat until thick.
Place a small spoonful of whipped cream on top of each jello shot and stick a small mint leaf in it.