This year we are sticking with a twist on the classic mint julep in a cucumber cup.
These are so easy to make I don't know why I didn't try them earlier. You can use regular English cucumbers but I thought that would be too big of a bite so I went with mini cucumbers.
They are cool and sweet and although they are strong, the cucumber balances the alcohol well.
1. Slice your mini cucumber into one inch segments (the larger of the mini cucs are the best). Hollow each piece out with a melon baller or paring knife, be careful not to hollow out too much or your jello will seep through (a lot like the strawberry margarita jello shots).
2. Boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar and turn off the heat. Add about 1/2 cup smashed mint leaves to the boiling sugar water.
3. Pour 1 cup of Bourbon into a separate bowl, sprinkle 1 packet Knox gelatin on top. Do not stir, let it sit for 1-2 minutes.
4. Pour the bourbon and gelatin mixture into the sugar water. Stir. Pour carefully (I use a spouted measuring cup) into the cucumber cups.
Save your left over jello mixture in case you need to top off some of the cucumber cups while they harden. Also, if you are bringing these out in the heat, be sure to keep them in a cooler or the jello will melt easily.
Shopping List (makes about 36 - 48 mini shots)
1 cup Bourbon
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup mint
1 packet Knox gelation
10 mini cucumbers
NOTE: I also tried a Southern Comfort and cucumber jello shot. Just replace the bourbon with Southern Comfort and the mint with cilantro. Really, really good.
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