Cucumber Mint Julep Jello Shots

I’ve been getting some emails requesting jello shot ideas for the upcoming Kentucky Derby.  Last year I made these pink lemonade jello shots for the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race and bloody marys (check out my huge big pink hat too!)

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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7 Responses to “Cucumber Mint Julep Jello Shots”

  1. April @ Ape's Eats posted on April 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm (#)

    This is a creative shot! I love the use of herbs in them, very intriguing!

  2. kelli posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm (#)

    This is such a cute idea! My sister just introduced me to your blog and it is adorable. Great ideas for entertaining!

  3. Sarah Toasty posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm (#)

    this makes me want to change it to vodka for a spa shooter lol, cute as per usual…

  4. Anita at Hungry Couple posted on April 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm (#)

    Such fun!

  5. Christina Marie posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm (#)

    Umm yes, please! That southern comfort sounds good too! What a great way to get a party going. 🙂


  6. Leah Wilcox posted on May 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm (#)

    Hey Michelle,

    I’ve made a number of your jello shot recipes so I was excited when I saw this mint julep recipe that for once, I made something before you! Well, sort of… I made cucumber saketinis in cucumber “glasses” a couple of weeks ago! Cheers!

  7. Leah Wilcox posted on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm (#)

    I forgot to say thanks for all the great ideas!

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