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"GOAL !!!" . . .  9 HOURS to go until the 2016 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER-FOOTBALL FINAL that will designate the winners ! Here in France, they’re chanting « Allez les Bleus» … in Portugal, they’ll be chanting their slogans too « a glorious past, a victorious future » … GOOD LUCK to everyone !

Nerves will be rattled, fans will be oohing & aahing & boohing & sighing & chanting & yelling & clapping & … maybe DRINKING too !

If you’re watching the game at home tonight or with friends, you still have time to prepare these vodka cocktails jelly shots with tonic water or sparkling lemonade in the colours of the flags of the national teams you will support or have supported in the past and already  miss.

The principle is simple : you’ll need clear-coloured alcohol (vodka or maybe gin or tequila) and some clear sparkiling soda like tonic or lemon-lime soda, some gelatin & some food coloring to create the blocks of colours that will be stacked to create jelly flags.

Gelatin is tricky, alcohol affects it which is why I use 1/3 alcohol and 2/3 sparkling sweetened tonic water or lemon-lime soda and 50% extra gelatin. I’ll be experimenting with other variations soon, using 50% colorful fruit juices with 50% strong alcohol or other milder alcohol-based drinks (wine, champagne, beer) which will require different proportions and different amounts of gelatin, but for this recipe, I needed a clear transparent base to create the many flag colors …

Anyways, you’ll probably be a little bit DRUNK before the end of the game after these vodka jelly babies (be careful, they pack a punch even though they don’t taste strong) to even care who wins or loses in the end ! What ? I’m joking. Have fun & drink moderately ! … :)

euro 2016 : vodka cocktail jelly shots




  • 240 ml (1 cup) tonic water or lemon-lime carbonated soda
  • 120 ml (½ cup) vodka
  • 18 grams of gelatin sheets (each of my gelatin sheets weighs 1 gram)
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) lemon/lime juice
  • 38 grams (3 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • optional : instead of the added sugar & lemon/lime juice, you can add 90 ml (6 tbsp) sweetened fruit syrup
  • 3 colours of liquid food colouring (red+green+blue, about 10-20 drops of each color)


  • use a silicone mold with small mini openings and brush very lightly with a neutral vegetable oil and wipe clean with a paper towel (to better unmold them) and place on a rigid tray

note : I used 1 silicone mold with 15 openings, each measuring 4 cm in diameter x 2 cm in height and 25 ml in volume (total volume of mold = 375 ml … but you can use other shapes or little plastic cups too !

  • place the gelatin sheets in cold water and let sit for 10 minutes until softened

note : gelatin is tricky and it exists in powdered form (which is grainy and does not always dissolve as well) or in sheet form which exist in different sizes, some weighing 1 gram or 1,5 grams or up to 2 grams, read the package instructions carefully ; I wanted a firmer jelly shot that would hold its shape longer and solidify quicker so I increased the recommended dose indicated on the package instructions by 50% ; normally, you need 6 grams per 240 ml of liquid ; ideally for this recipe, you should use 12 grams of gelatin sheets per cup or 240 ml total of liquid (especially when it has been combined with 1/3 of a strong alcohol such as vodka) which is why I used 18 grams for about 375 ml or over 1½ cups of liquid but you can also increase it to 24 grams for a firmer & faster result …

  • heat the tonic or lemonade carbonated soda, add extra lime/lemon juice and sugar if or a sweetened fruit syrup and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and add softened gelatin sheets (after you squeeze out the excess water) and whisk until completely dissolved for 1-2 minutes
  • add chilled vodka, stir and divide among several smaller bowls or cups (depending on the number of colours you wish to create)
  • add several drops of food colouring to each (about 4 drops per 2 tbsp or 30 ml of liquid) to create the colour choices and stir

note : I have 3 vials of red, blue & yellow food colouring ; red+yellow = orange ; yellow+blue = green ; blue+red = purple ; red+yellow+green = black ; or no food colouring for transparent white …

  • carefully pour the coloured jelly liquid into the mold cavities and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours until fully set
  • unmold carefully 1-2 hours before serving, by placing the silicone mold in a pan of warm water for 30 seconds and then pop them out, place on a piece of waxed paper on a chilled plate and refrigerate again until ready
  • stack them to create colored flag combinations and consume within the hour or refrigerate again (you can also serve them on a bed of crushed ice) …