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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.
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Kentucky Derby
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 8 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.