Topped with “jiggly” stars or garnished with Grapefruit Rimming Sugar, my Pink Paloma Jello Shots are a true adult taste treat.
And how about a few fabulously festive ways to serve them too! Don’t you just love the adorable “picks” I’ve created to tell your guests what they’re enjoying? There’s three different designs you can use! I’ll tell you how to download your own Pink Paloma picks a little later in this post.
Haven’t heard of the Paloma Cocktail before? Me neither, until I decided to do a post on fancy jello shots! I’d been dying to try my hand at a homemade grapefruit gelatin, and this cocktail gave me the perfect reason to create a recipe.
Turns out, the Paloma is one of Mexico’s most popular libations, outranking the Margarita with the natives across our Southern border. Who knew?
A Paloma is a refreshing and tangy cocktail that combines tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Its origin is a little sketchy, but it seems to date all the way back to the 1950’s.
While the traditional drink is made with grapefruit soda like Squirt, I longed for a pretty “pink” grapefruit gelatin shot. That meant using real grapefruit juice to achieve a “Pink Paloma”.
While I called them “pink” for alliteration reasons, to achieve this gorgeous color you’ll need to use red grapefruit juice. Please forgive me for the stretch in calling these Pink Palomas, it just sounds so lovely, doesn’t it?
Before attempting this recipe, I enjoyed the real cocktail at a little Mexican joint in a nearby locale. I was amazed that I’d never encountered a Paloma (or never noticed!) in my travels. Although I’ve only been to Mexico once, and that was to swim with the dolphins on a single-day cruise excursion. And we drank cerveza afterwards, not cocktails!
First, I’ll show you the shot glasses I ordered for the perfect jello shots.
When I decided to make jello shots, I hopped on Amazon and found these great 3-ounce sized disposable shot glasses that are just perfect!
They came in a pack of 250 and are nice and sturdy.
No, I won’t have to order any more for a very long time, but hopefully they’ll inspire me to do more “individual” portioned stuff!
Here’s the link if you’d like to check them out:
Turns out, it’s super simple to make a homemade grapefruit gelatin and turn it into fabulous Pink Paloma Jello Shots!
It’s most likely that the jello shots you’ve made or enjoyed in the past used a package of flavored gelatin mix. There is no such thing as a grapefruit jello, but there is pineapple, apricot and watermelon! Except that’s no problem when you use an unflavored gelatin like Knox and a flavorful juice.
The method remains the same, except I decided I wanted to make my Pink Paloma Jello Shots a little sweeter. While heating the water to boiling, I added a bit of sugar before dissolving the gelatin powder.
Now lets talk about the fun stuff, how we’re going to serve our Pink Paloma Jello Shots to our guests!
This is such a simple way to adorn your Pink Paloma Jello Shots!
You just combine grapefruit zest and sugar and whirl it around in a coffee grinder.
Just before serving, you’ll dip the jello shots into the Grapefruit Rimming Sugar, pop in a Pink Paloma pick and Voila! You’ve got a fabulously festive Mexicali Summer treat for your favorite adults!
Since the 4th of July is looming as I write this post, I decided to give a nod to the holiday too. I poured some of the grapefruit gelatin into my silicone star mold and used them to garnish half my Pink Palomas. They came out pretty nice, didn’t they?
Obviously, you can see where this can go, right? How about doing themed-shapes for Halloween, Christmas or New Year’s? Wow, there are so many possibilities!
Here’s how I celebrated New Year’s Eve!
What a fabulously festive way to ring in the new year when you serve a tray full of CHAMPAGNE JELLO POSH SHOTS.
Obviously, just like grapefruit, there is no such thing as a champagne jello. But as you’ve learned in the recipe for Pink Paloma Jello Shots, anything is possible!
If you’d like to check out these yummy adult party treats, clink the link below.
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