Summer is upon us and I think it’s the best time to try a new cocktail, don’t you? Rosé is a summer favorite for many, so I thought why not turn it into a jello shot! I paired the wine with watermelon for this shot and I love the combination for summer! Jello shots are a fun way to liven up a party or summer cookout. Bring a batch to your next get together and everyone will thank you!
These shots use cold pressed watermelon juice as the base. I got it in the refrigerated section of the produce area at my local grocery store. The cold pressed juice doesn’t have any pulp or seeds so it makes a nice base for this shot. You can also make your own watermelon juice if you prefer, it just takes a little longer! I have a recipe for that here, if you’re interested!
The watermelon juice is not a strong flavor in this shot as the rosé flavor kinds of takes over. However, in my opinion, rosé is not a very sweet wine (compared with my favorite, Riesling, for example!) and you can definitely tell in this shot! If you use a dry rosé, or just prefer a sweeter shot, I would recommend adding some sugar.
I used mint leaves for garnish on these shots. Many people like the flavor of watermelon with basil as well, so you could also chop up some basil leaves for garnish instead! If you want a stronger mint flavor, try adding the mint leaves in to the juice as it heats up, which will help infuse the flavor into the shot a little more. Or you could just leave the garnish off completely and have a nice pink shot!
Watermelon Rosé Jello Shots Recipe:
- 1 cup watermelon juice
- 1 1/2 cups Rosé wine
- 1 packet knox gelatin
- chopped fresh mint leaves for garnish
- optional: 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup sugar
- Add watermelon juice to a small saucepan and bring to just a boil. (if using sugar add it to this step so it dissolves in the hot juice)
- As the juice heats up: add wine to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top to let it bloom for at least a minute before adding juice.
- Pour hot watermelon juice over wine and mix well. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved, a few minutes at least.
- Divided shots into 2 ounce shot cups.
- Sprinkle chopped mint leaves into the shots. (optional)
- Transfer shots to fridge to set, about two hours.
Adding the sugar is recommended if you prefer a sweeter shot as neither the rosé or the cooked watermelon juice tend to be very sweet.
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