Sometimes, you just need a fun way to consume your booze (and to celebrate making it through yet another year). This nicely fills these criteria, and is cheap besides!  

Strawberry Champagne Jello Shots
Makes 1 large container of shots

Ingredients

  • 3 c chilled pink champagne (I used Martini sparkling rose)
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 3 envelopes Knox gelatine (they come in packages of 4)
  • 1 3 oz package strawberry Jello

Mix your Jello and Knox powder in whatever you will be setting the Jello shots in (a 8×8 glass pan is recommended, I used a Glad container of about similar size), and pour in one cup of boiling water.  Mix until the powder has dissolved. 

Slowly pour in 3 c of champagne, stir gently, and allow the bubbles to pop until they’re almost all gone. Cover, and chill in the fridge for a minimum of four hours to set.

And then, cut into them and enjoy your jello shots!

And now that the last of my groceries are here, I can finish off with strawberry lemonade!  Strawberries were super cheap (and not quite in season at the farmer’s market, sadly), and lemons are pretty cheap as well, so boom, strawberry lemonade, because it’s starting to get into pretty consistently summer temps out here, and I need a cool drink, lacking AC and all.

Strawberry Lemonade
Makes at least 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 qt strawberries (appx 4 cups, 1.5 pounds), halved
  • 2 lemons, peeled and quartered
  • appx ¾ c sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 6 c water

Puree the lemons, strawberries, and 2 c water in a blender.  Strain the mixture into 4 c water in your pitcher/container.  Add your sugar, and taste.  And then try not to drink it all right away.