From the Harry Winston bling to the coveted statuette herself, all that glitters is definitely gold on Oscar night—especially our bright and shiny recipe for cinnamon jello shots.
We nominated leading ingredient Goldschläger cinnamon schnapps, infused with tiny flecks of real gold. What could be more perfect for adding a little sophistication and glamour to your Oscar watching party?
The sparkly specks will definitely turn heads, but tongues will be wagging too. Scene: the cool smooth feel of gelatin poppers in your mouth followed by spicy heat (similar to Red Hots candy) exploding on the set of your taste buds for an unexpected palette twist. (And there were some who thought a silent movie winning Best Picture in 2012 was a surprise.)
If you’re a purist who adores black-and-white films and cinnamon, unflavored vodka will put the warm spice on center stage. More of an Independent Film Channel type? Try substituting the vanilla vodka with any flavor that pairs well with cinnamon. Apple comes to mind of course, but pear vodka would also be a winner.
To add even more shine, we sprinkled the tops of our jello shots with edible gold glitter. (NO craft glitter please!) Yes, there was an urban myth that circulated a few years ago about edible gold being sharp. So not true. Gold is actually a soft metal, and while very visible in a one-liter bottle of Goldschläger, the very thin flakes only amount to about 13 milligrams.
While we molded our jello shots in square plastic portion cups—it’s such an elegant look—you can also use silicone ice cube trays, which will also make unmolding these sparklers a breeze.
cinnamon jello shots recipe
- 10 2 oz plastic portion cups
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 oz packages unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup Goldschläger, 6 oz
- 1/4 cup vanilla flavored vodka, 2 oz
- Add water and sugar to small saucepan, stir to dissolve sugar. Sprinkle gelatin over sugar water; allow to dissolve 5 minutes.
- Heat mixture over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling; ensure sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat; add Goldschlager and vodka, stir to combine. Pour mixture into individual 2 oz portion cups.
- Refrigerate until firmly set, at least 2 hours. Remove from cups (optional) and serve cold.
Right before serving, dip plastic portion cups into a bath of hot water for just a few seconds, and they’ll slide right out.