You might think of Jell-O and tiki cocktails as mutually exclusive boozy beasts. Jell-O shots are commonly associated with cocktailing neophytes, while tiki is reserved for expert mixologists. But wiggly, jiggly Jell-O is actually the perfect medium for extravagant Polynesian cocktails—especially if you want to batch out big bowlfuls for a crowd.
Unlike most watered down Jell-O-ed cocktails, these solidified tiki drinks are faithful adaptations of the originals, using one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin for each cup of total liquid in the final product (with no additional water). Ranging all the way up to 50 percent booze, these recipes test the upper limits of Jell-O-ification.
Here, how to turn tiki bar staples into delicious Jell-O shots.