{Boozy} Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots: Because nothing says happy holidays like alcohol

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

While some people get excited every fall for the debut of the heralded Pumpkin Spice Latte, I am the girl patiently waiting for the inevitable return of the peppermint mocha. While I know it’s available year-round, for me this minty treat is best savored slowly while strolling down a street in the winter, checking out Christmas lights and window shopping.

Most of the year I drink straight-up black coffee so when December rolls around my first sip of the peppermint mocha is pure chocolatey, sugary bliss. This year I decided to take that deliciousness and turn it into a Jello shot.

Because, well, why not?

I’ll admit I was a little concerned about the basic idea of gelatinous chocolate, or gelatinous coffee for that matter. Usually when I think Jello, I think fruit so this was a bit of a stretch for me.

After doing some Google researched, I made my first batch using coffee, hot cocoa mix, a blend of alcohol and a touch of coffee syrup (have you tried this stuff? It’s like crack!).

Jello shot mise en place

Jello shot mise en place

Batch #1

Batch #1

The result was good but it tasted a bit flat and it was way too firm. I like my Jello set, but I don’t want to chew it like a steak.

My next batch was perfection. I think what really rounded out the flavor was the addition of cream to the Jello. It gave the shot some depth and a much nicer texture — lightly bouncy with a hint of pudding.

Seriously, these shots were the embodiment of a peppermint mocha in a portion cup and were boozy enough to take a few of my co-workers by surprise. (Yes, that is a perk at my job, alcoholic Jello shots are totally acceptable during working hours.)

Topped with a dollop of coffee-infused whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes, they were insanely good. They also look super adorable served in espresso cups.

The batch of shots I brought in for our pre-Thanksgiving office party Wednesday afternoon, also known as our “no more turkeys!” party.


Boozy Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

Makes 12 2-ounce portions

  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cold
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 4-5 TB hot cocoa mix
  • 2-3 TB coffee syrup (optional, but if you don’t use check for sweetness, you could also add some plain simply syrup if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup vodka (chocolate vodka or liqueur would be great too)
  • 1/4 cup coffee liquor (I used some cheapie stuff, Copa de Oro)
  • 1/4 cup peppermint schnapps (I like Rumplimintz)
  • 1/2 cupfreshly whipped cream
  • 1 small candy cane, crushed

Pour cold coffee into a small sauce pot. Sprinkle gelatin over coffee, allow to bloom for several minutes. Heat over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Add water, cocoa mix and syrup. Once everything is dissolved, remove from heat.

Pour in cream and a dash of salt.

Pour mixture into bowl, add booze, stirring until well-incorporated. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Pour into portion cups, espresso cups or shot glasses and allow to set for at least 4 hours.

Top with whipped cream and candy cane pieces. Enjoy!

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots

11 thoughts on “{Boozy} Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots: Because nothing says happy holidays like alcohol

    • Thanks! They would certainly be great for Christmas, especially if everyone likes getting a bit tipsy. =) I am a huge believer in peppermint and chocolate — it’s pretty much a magical combination.

  1. This makes me want to throw a party, just so I can serve these and be acknowledged as brilliant! And I think you had as much fun staging the photos as developing the recipe–the pictures are wonderful!

    • ha! I don’t know if any of my co-workers commented on my brilliantness but they did offer many thanks for the booze. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, I have WAY too much fun staging the pictures. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy because I’m constantly carrying trays of food outside and setting up props, but hey, I give them something to stare at so there’s that. Keeping life interesting, right?

  2. i would also like to throw a party, but a party for one. these are amazing, and i agree that peppermint + chocolate in December is a great combination.

Leave a comment, question or reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s