Manhattan Jelly Shots

All the components of a class Manhattan -- the hint of bitter orange and sweet cherry and a kick of rye -- are presented in a fun, jiggly shot.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min (includes setting time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 shots
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1/3 cup sugar

20 dashes bitters

12 brandied or maraschino cherries, plus 1 tablespoon cherry juice

2/3 cup seltzer water

One 1/4-ounce package unflavored gelatin (about 2 1/2 teaspoons)

1/3 cup rye whisky

3 tablespoons sweet vermouth

2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Combine the sugar, bitters, cherry juice and 2/3 cup regular water in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each, until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the seltzer water to the syrup mixture, sprinkle the gelatin on top and leave it to bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Microwave the bloomed gelatin mixture until dissolved, about 30 seconds. Stir in the rye whisky, sweet vermouth and 1 teaspoon of the orange zest. Divide the mixture among twelve 2-ounce glasses and place a cherry in each glass. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours. 
  3. Before serving, garnish each shot with some of the remaining orange zest.

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