In honor of Mardi Gras, CHOW.com's Test Kitchen turned three classic New Orleans cocktails into elegant jelly shots. (If you can call jelly shots elegant.) They look pretty: Instead of the traditional paper cups, they're made in baking pans and cut into cubes to reveal the layering. And they're balanced and not too sweet, just the way a proper cocktail should be mixed. But if you prefer your jelly shots quick and trashy, here are tips on how to make the perfect Jell-O shot from native New Orleanian Poppy Tooker.
For the curious—or cautious—here's how many jelly shots it would take to equal the alcohol in one cocktail:
Hurricane: 6 jelly shots = 1 cocktail
Ramos Gin Fizz: 8 to 9 jelly shots = 1 cocktail
Sazerac: 5 jelly shots = 1 cocktail