Recipe courtesy of Victoria Belanger

Champagne and Strawberry Shots

Who says gelatin shots can't be romantic? This bite-size take on the classic elegant combination is sure to spark that summer romance... or, at the very least, impress your friends at your next brunch party.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 20 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 40 strawberry shots
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Ingredients

1/2 cup cold ginger ale

One 1/4-ounce envelope unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cups cold champagne

40 large strawberries

Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

Special equipment:
a strawberry huller or small melon baller
  1. Put the ginger ale in a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top and let it absorb the liquid for 2 minutes. Bring the ginger ale just to a boil and whisk until gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar until dissolved. 
  2. Transfer the gelatin to a large bowl and stir in the champagne. Refrigerate until cooled and thickened slightly (almost to the consistency of a gel but still runny-you can check a few times to see), 15 to 20 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, slice off the bottom tip of each strawberry so there is a flat edge for it to stand upright; be careful to not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom once the strawberry is cored. 
  4. Use a strawberry huller or small melon baller to core out the strawberry, again, making sure you don't dig so deep that you create a hole in the bottom. 
  5. Spoon the champagne mixture into the strawberries and stand them in a baking dish. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
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