YieldsMakes 18
AuthorMaren Ellingboe King

These sophisticated squares are a far cry from the jello shots you had in college. They’re not very sweet, so if you’d like them sweeter, use demi-sec sparkling wine. The Pop Rocks® pop immediately once they’re wet, so serve them on the side, to be sprinkled on right before eating.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Lightly oil an 8- by 8-in. baking pan. Pour pomegranate juice into a 1-qt. liquid measuring cup or medium heatproof bowl and sprinkle with 2 packets gelatin. Let sit until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. 

Step 2
2

Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over pomegranate-gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in vodka.

Step 3
3

Pour pomegranate-gelatin mixture into pan. Chill until set, about 3 hours.

Step 4
4

Pour 1/2 cup sparkling wine into a 1-qt. liquid measuring cup or medium heatproof bowl and sprinkle with remaining 2 packets gelatin. Let sit until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 5
5

 Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sparkling wine–gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is dissolved.

Step 6
6

Pour sparkling wine–gelatin mixture over pomegranate-gelatin mixture, then pour in remaining wine. Chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 7
7

Cut gelatin in pan into 1-in. squares. Holding a baking sheet on top of pan, flip pan over to release gelatin onto sheet. Carefully transfer shots to a serving tray.

Step 8
8

Serve with Pop Rocks® on the side, for sprinkling.

Ingredients

  Neutral-tasting oil such as grapeseed, for oiling pan
 4 packets (about 2 1/2 tsp. each) unflavored gelatin, divided
 1 cup pomegranate juice
 1/2 cup vodka
 2 cups chilled sparkling wine, divided
 2 packets (1/3 oz. each) raspberry, cherry, or watermelon Pop Rocks®

Directions

Step 1
1

Lightly oil an 8- by 8-in. baking pan. Pour pomegranate juice into a 1-qt. liquid measuring cup or medium heatproof bowl and sprinkle with 2 packets gelatin. Let sit until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. 

Step 2
2

Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over pomegranate-gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in vodka.

Step 3
3

Pour pomegranate-gelatin mixture into pan. Chill until set, about 3 hours.

Step 4
4

Pour 1/2 cup sparkling wine into a 1-qt. liquid measuring cup or medium heatproof bowl and sprinkle with remaining 2 packets gelatin. Let sit until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 5
5

 Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sparkling wine–gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is dissolved.

Step 6
6

Pour sparkling wine–gelatin mixture over pomegranate-gelatin mixture, then pour in remaining wine. Chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 7
7

Cut gelatin in pan into 1-in. squares. Holding a baking sheet on top of pan, flip pan over to release gelatin onto sheet. Carefully transfer shots to a serving tray.

Step 8
8

Serve with Pop Rocks® on the side, for sprinkling.

Pomegranate Champagne Jello Shots