As American as apple pie with cheese on top, the Mint Julep is one of the nation’s oldest and best cocktails. Made with bourbon, simple syrup and mint, the Julep is served over crushed ice in an iconic silver cup—which also gives the drink its signature frostiness. But there are no silver cups required when you’re making these jiggly Mint Julep Jello Shots. Made with bourbon, creme de menthe and unflavored gelatin, this Jello Shot distills the essence of the Mint Julep into one adorable, extra-wiggly shooter. A mint leaf garnish and dusting of powdered sugar give these shots another layer of minty freshness and an extra bit of sweetness to even out the sharp hit of bourbon.
When choosing a bourbon for your Julep Jello Shot, we find that the best bottle to use is one that’s sweet and light(ish) on the booze, like Jim Beam or Four Roses Yellow Label. Unless you want your Jello Shot to be a neon green hue, make sure to opt for a clear creme de menthe (we like Menthe Pastille). Whether you serve these bourbon-y Jello Shots to guests at your Kentucky Derby party, or just make them for yourself when you need a boozy, jiggly pick-me-up, the Mint Julep Jello Shot is the perfect prescription. Get yourself a bottle of bourbon and creme de menthe, and mix up a batch right now.