Who is ready for some college football this weekend??? Thankfully, we have our power back after Hurricane Irene! To celebrate Michigan’s first game (Yep, I’m a Wolverine, sorry Buckeyes, Spartans, etc.) I thought I’d come up with a fun cocktail, Go Blue-tini. But don’t worry if you’re not a Michigan fan (yeah, I know there are about 2 of you out there who are not Michigan fans). I have a few suggestions to come up with a drink for your favorite college, professional, or any other team!
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For my Go Blue-tini, I had a vision of making a “maize” M floating in a “blue” drink but wasn’t sure how I wanted to make a blue drink. The first thing that came to mind was using Curacao since it’s a blue liqueur. But I didn’t have any in the house and of course I got the inspiration to make these Go Blue-tinis on a Sunday and you can’t buy alcohol here on Sunday (soooo my luck!). But that’s ok, because I had a plan! JELL-O has all sorts of colors and flavors of gelatin including Berry Blue perfect for a Michigan drink.
Not a Michigan fan? I know it can’t be possible, but for the 2 of you who aren’t…JELL-O has lots of great colors to create drinks for any team colors. You can also combine colors to make the perfect shade or flavor. Think of team colors, mascot, cheers, etc. to come up with the perfect drink for your favorite team. I cut out some pineapple slices to form M’s but you could use other fruit, candy, etc. to cut out letters, mascots, or shapes. You can use toothpicks to keep it all together if you need to.
For my Michigan block “M” I sliced the pineapple vertically to form long slices.
With a sharp knife I cut out the block M’s. If your slices are thin enough they will probably float in your drink as mine did. However you can use toothpicks so that it rests on top of the glass, hang them over the side of the glass, or get creative! I cut the M’s out freehand but you can trace them or use a cookie cutter if you can find one the right size, right letter, and sharp enough.
To make the blue gelatin a little deeper shade and add a little flavor to the drink I used some POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.
The M floated right on top! Go Blue!
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- 3 tablespoons vodka
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon blue gelatin
- 3 tablespoons lemon-lime soda
- pineapple slices cut into M's
- Mix vodka, water, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and gelatin in shaker over ice.
- Strain drink into martini glass and mix with lemon-lime soda.
- Place M pineapple on top of each drink.