Cherry Amaretto Jello Shots

I celebrated my birthday this weekend, so of course I had to have one of my favorite drinks–a jello shot! I started making these a few years ago, they have a lot more flavor than your average jello and vodka recipe. I’ve made these for parties with my friends, for Christmas with my family and for little get-togethers. These are mellow enough for older people to enjoy without it burning their throats. If I want something stronger, I add vodka to the recipe and voila, get drunk stay drunk.

Jello Shots I made for our family Christmas

Jello Shots I made for our family Christmas

One more thing, maraschino cherries are fabulous with these! They’re completely optional but do add a fancy touch.

Maraschino Cherries

These should be made in advance.

  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

1. Pour cherries with 1/2 of the juice into a bowl.

2. Add the vodka, stir, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Stir a few times.

3. Drop into jello shots right after your pour the jello in. I usually do one cherry for a 2 ounce shot, 2 for anything more

 

Cherry Amaretto Jello Shots

  • 3 ounce package of Cherry Jell-o
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup amaretto
  • 1/4 cup cold water or cold vodka if you like a stronger shot
Making cherry amaretto jello shots

Making cherry amaretto jello shots

  1. Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan
  2. Add jello, remove pan from heat and stir until dissolved
  3. Add amaretto and cold liquid and stir well
  4. Pour into your shot cups! Add your cherries and chill for two hours or until firm

The last time I made these I couldn’t find any 2 ounce cups so I used bigger cocktail cups. You can find the 2 ounce cups with lids at Walmart near the plastic cups. Gordon Food Service also has them.

Amaretto Jello Shots

Amaretto Jello Shots

 

Homemade applesauce

Slow cooking is ten millions times better than anything you could buy pre-made. And thankfully this mantra includes applesauce. If you’ve never tried homemade applesauce, prepare to be amazed. It’s wonderful hot, cold, with oatmeal, or even to use as your apples in apple crisp. So whether you already love the taste, are looking for something cheaper, healthier or just plain better than store bought applesauce, get out your crockpot and get ready.

Homemade Applesauce
3 pounds apples
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup water or apple juice or apple cider

1. Wash, peel, core and dice your apples. Bigger chunks are okay, they might just take longer to cook.
2. Grease or butter your crockpot.
3. Add all your ingredients, stir well and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3 hours, stirring every hour or so.

When everything is done you can much it all together if you like your applesauce really smooth, or keep it chunky.

The cinnamon is optional, so is the sugar. But I like mine sweet so I add sugar.

It will be a light-dark brown, almost the color of applebutter. Don’t be surprised, it tastes good and that’s just the natural process of the sugars cooking.

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