These non alcoholic champagne jello shots taste as close to the original version as we could get. These are the perfect addition to any New Years Party, bridal shower or wedding shower. (We did make sure that you can make this recipe for those who will be drinking and those who won't if you would like). Just see our recipe notes.
With the New Year upon us I was reading this morning that Chrissy Teigen just came out announcing she is one month sober after a rather difficult year for her and her family. I enjoyed reading her candid thoughts on it and agree that for many of us this year was tough. I'm already seeing 'cutting down on alcohol' on a lot of New Year's resolutions.
These non alchoholic champagne jello shots are for those still wanting to still have fun but leave behind the AWFUL jello shots from college years! And if cutting down on alcohol is on your New Year's resolution, these are the PERFECT recipe for you!
We are on a rose gold and gray kick this year. I don't think I could personally ever go all rose gold for a design but I was peeking at rose gold and gray kitchens the other day and kind of liked some of the cool designs coming out.
That was the inspiration behind these. The kids tonight will be busy picking all the ornaments off the tree because in the morning they will wake up to their New Year's Tree! This year we will have some English crackers in the tree as well! Since they were rose gold and gray too I just went with that theme this year.
Every non alcoholic champagne recipe is too sweet.
I hear you. While champagne itself is a sweet, bubbly drink, it also has a balance to it. I found to get a good balance of tart and sweet when making a non alcoholic drink, you need to not substitute it with something sweet. Awhile ago I experimented with a non alcoholic moscow mule. I made a peach moscow mule and a strawberry moscow mule and found that lemon lime soda works as a good substitute but found an even better substitute that provides the balance of flavors that alcohol does.
What is the best non alcoholic substitute for vodka in a recipe?
Often you hear to substitute lemon lime soda for vodka in a recipe. But I found it is way too sweet! My go to non alcoholic substitute for vodka in a recipe is actually tonic water or seltzer water. Sometimes, like in this recipe I'll even add in a little squirt of lemon or lime juice to it for an extra tart taste.
Will kids like this recipe?
My older kids did, but my younger kids weren't quite as thrilled. There is a sweet and tart balance similar to traditional champagne jello shots. Younger kids may not be as thrilled about that sweet and tart taste. For young kids you may want to stay with the sweeter taste and substitute in lemon lime soda in place of the tonic water.
What types of cider do you recommend?
For this recipe I used Welch's Non Alcoholic Rosé and Welch's Non Alcoholic Cider. I found both at my local Target. The Rosé was a good substitute for the traditional champagne. Highly recommend it in this recipe.
Does your recipe actually taste like the traditional champagne jello shot?
Without using alcohol, probably not. It's like telling someone that 7-Up is the exact same taste as Sprite. Both sodas are close in flavor but just a little different. That's what I liken these knock off recipes to. But those who tasted it felt this recipe was better than the traditional alcoholic version they've had.
What type of containers should I use to store non alcoholic champagne jello shots?
You can use a traditional jello shot container like these one's.
For a fun dessert you can put them in flutes.
However you decide to serve them will be fun and perfect for whatever occasion you are serving them for!
Non Alcoholic Champagne Jello Shots
- 1 cup non alcoholic sparkling cider
- 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- ¾ cup sparkling wine (champagne or rosé) For non alcoholic version use Welch's non alcoholic rosé or non alcoholic champagne).
- ¼ cup vodka (for non alcoholic version use tonic or seltzer water with a squirt of lemon or lime juice).
- Sprinkles or sanding sugar
- In a small saucepan, place the cider. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the cider. Allow the gelatin to sit for about five minutes. The gelatin will begin to take on a wrinkled appearance.
- Place the cider and gelatin mixture on the stove and warm the liquid on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the gelatin is dissolved. Do not allow the gelatin to boil. Remove the mixture from the heat.
- Whisk in the wine (or champagne) and vodka or the non alcoholic rose (or champagne) and tonic or seltzer water.
- Pour the mixture into flutes or shot containers. Place in refrigerator for up to two hours to set.
- Prior to serving, sprinkle jello with sanding sugar or sprinkles.
Recipe Inspired by Feast and West