Thursday, April 21, 2011

Agar Shots

This post is tagged under "sweets" and "beverages," but it's neither sweet nor exactly a beverage.  I'd been curious for a long time about this North American delicacy called the Jello shot, which is apparently consumed at festive occasions to produce a state of intoxication.  Actually, I was just trying to think of other things to do with agar, having already used it in kantens and in panna cotta.

The good (?) news: yes, you can make alcoholic jello out of agar.  The bad news: this tasted really bad.  Really bad.  I think it needed far more sugar, and a different kind of juice would have made that easier.  I used 1.5 TB sugar, which was definitely not enough, considering you're balancing out not only the lemon juice but also the booze.

I also don't have shot glasses.

Agar Shots (Lemon)

1/2 c lemon/orange juice
1/2 c water (or less?)
1/4 c sugar (or to taste)
1.5 TB agar flakes (or more?)
1/2 c ice cold vodka

1. Heat the juice, water, and sugar, dissolving the sugar.
2. Reduce heat, then add agar flakes.  Cook about 5 minutes to dissolve agar.
3. Set aside, let cool, and then mix with vodka.  Chill in the fridge for an hour or so.  Serves about 4.

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