We went over to our friends’ house last night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so I decided to get the party going with a couple of lazy, boozy treats: lime green jello shots and semi-homemade Guinness brownies.
Want to make your own? Here’s how.
Lime Green Jello Shots
Yields 24 small jello shots.
- 2 boxes Lime Jell-O (with sugar)
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 2/3 cups citrus vodka (I used Smirnoff Citron)
- Pot for boiling water
- Dixie cups
- Bring the water to a full boil.
- While the water is heating up, set out 24 Dixie cups.
- Take boiling water off the heat, and immediately pour in the jello packets. Stir until the jello has completely dissolved.
- Add citrus vodka to the pot, and stir.
- Transfer jello mixture to a pitcher, and pour into Dixie cups. You should have enough liquid to fill 24 cups about 3/4 inch.
- Refrigerate at least four hours, or overnight.
If you want to make more boxes, or different flavors, jello shots have a magic ratio that you really can’t mess up:
- Take the number of boxes you’re using (say, 3 boxes)
- Boil a bit more than that many cups of water (about 3 1/3 cups)
- And measure out a bit less than that many cups of vodka or rum (about 2 1/2 cups)
Semi-Homemade Guinness Brownies
I normally make baked goods from scratch, but after a full day of work, a happy hour, and trips to the mall and the grocery store, I needed some help from the boxed dessert gods. So I adapted this excellent Guinness Brownies recipe from Lessie at Modern Christian Homemaker. Hey, if she can feel okay about making boozy brownies from a box, then surely so can I.
These were a huge hit. You can’t really taste the Guinness, but it does lend the brownies an extra warm, earthy flavor.
- 1 box Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme brownie mix
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/3 cup Guinness Draft beer
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a bowl or mixer, mix the egg and oil.
- Stir in the Guinness.
- Add the brownie mix and chocolate syrup pouch. Mix well.
- Grease and flour an 8×8″ baking pan.
- Pour and spread the batter in the pan.
- Sprinkle the top with semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Bake 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overcook; underdone is better than overdone.
- Allow to cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!
Wishing you a very happy and slightly boozy St. Patrick’s Day!