Raise your hand if you’re feeling most excited for the festive drinking part of the Purim celebration this year. Yeah, me too. The Talmud actually dictates so much wine be drunk at the Purim meal that by the end of night revelers are unable to tell the difference between the phrases “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai.” Challenge accepted. This Purim, we will mashup our two favorite parts of the holiday, hamantaschen and drinking, into one neat package: the jello shot.
This white wine-based jello shot is related to the hamantaschen in shape alone. Mix wine and white grape juice (and vodka, if you like) into unflavored gelatin and smooth it into a baking dish. Push berries into neat rows in the gel and set. Cut the shots into the classic Purim triangle, shout a good word to Mordechai, and pop one. If you’re partying with kids or prefer not to drink, simply omit the alcohol altogether in favor of juice.
Some may take issue with this frankenfood. Indeed, we could be delicate and pour a proper glass of wine while munching on a cookie. Yet, as so few occasions exist within the Jewish holidays to really let loose, let’s embrace the joy this holiday represents and have some fun!
(Note that the shots themselves are not supremely alcoholic—this isn’t college—so you may be tempted to sip on another drink in between bites.)
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup white grape-peach juice
1/2 cup room temperature white wine (if not using vodka, use extra 1/4 cup wine)
1/4 cup vodka, optional
4 blackberries, cut in half
Boil grape juice in a small pot on the stove. Grease a 9 x 13-inch glass or metal baking tray with cooking spray.
Pour gelatin into a heatproof bowl. Pour hot juice into gelatin and whisk until fully combined. Let cool for no more than five minutes.
Add wine and vodka, if using, to gelatin mixture and whisk to combine.
Pour gelatin mixture into prepared pan.
Dot pan with 8 sliced blackberry pieces, making sure to leave even amounts of room to cut triangles.
Let gelatin set in fridge, about 2 hours.
Using a triangle cookie cutter, cut jello shots out of pan. Serve during the festive meal, and eat the leftovers as a snack tomorrow night.