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Elderflower Mojito Cocktail Gel

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A cocktail gel with floral print? This is probably a first in molecular mixology. Only Michelle Palm from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen can come up with such a beautiful and tasty edible cocktail. This was the resulting gelatin cocktail after Dolce & Gabbana asked JSTK about creating a jelly shot for their luxury magazine! And best of all, this cocktail gel is made using my favorite liquor, St-Germain elderflower liquor.







- 1 package fresh mint (3/4-ounce/21 g package about 50 mint leaves)

- 1/2 cup/120 ml white rum

- 1/2 cup/120 ml St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

- 1/3 cup/75 ml fresh lime juice

- 1/3 cup/75 ml water

- 1/3 cup/75 ml simple syrup or agave nectar

- 2 envelopes plain gelatin (about 4 tsp gelatin powder)


1- Lightly muddle mint in a small bowl. (Gently crush the mint with the back of a spoon if you don’t have a muddler!)

2- Add the rum and elderflower liqueur to the bowl and set aside.

3- Combine lime juice, water and simple syrup/agave in a small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin, and allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two.

4- Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.

5- Strain the mint-infused liquor into the pan and stir to combine.

6- Refrigerate until fully set, several hours or overnight.

7- A few hours before serving, “paint” a floral pattern on the surface of the jelly shots with a paintbrush and food coloring. (Michelle uses natural colors – while the colors are limited, she loves to mix her own custom shades!)

8- Return pan to fridge to allow the food coloring to set, about 2 hours.

9- Cut into desired shapes to serve. Makes 12 to 18 jelly shots.

Read more about the cocktail gel technique to obtain perfect results here!

  • Sam

    Will this recipe work with a different liqueur instead of elderflower?

    • QuantumChef


      • Patrick

        But why would you want to….elderflower is totally worth the money!!! :)

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  • Mivesta

    This looks absolutely amazing!

  • Eric_druckmann

    Guau i will try it

  • RB

    I’m guessing there would be no problem with cutting into desired shapes after Step 6, then painting, then returning to a fridge to allow the food colouring to set? Just mixed the order up a little. By the way, this site is brilliant. Kind Regards, Richy, UK.

    • QuantumChef

      Should be no problem. Glad you like the site!!
      Bests, QC

  • AF

    is the gelatin knox ?

    • QuantumChef