Champagne Jello Cups

Everyone likes a little Jello sometimes, right? There’s just something so fun about it.

They’re more fun when you step away from the uber-sweet Jello brand & make your own flavors… and everything’s better with a little booze, right?

(no, I’m not going to talk about the kind of Jello shots you make in college to hide the taste of terrible rum or vodka…)

These are champagne jello shots.

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I made them for a New Years’s party, and they were great.

I knew immediately that I wanted to serve them in tiny champagne glasses. After confirming such a thing existed (2oz glasses from party city, yay), I went searching through almost a dozen recipes. None hit exactly what I wanted, but in the end I mostly followed this recipe.

I was worried about them being too sweet and not bubbly enough, so I swapped out the sugar for a half-cup of ginger ale. This worked for me – since I didn’t plan on making the “jigglers” shapes, I could get away with adding more liquid.

My final recipe was this:

Champagne Jello Cups

  • Servings: 40-50 2oz cups
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  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale
  • 4 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 1 small splash vanilla extract
  • Flat tray to set jello in


  1. Mix about 2 cups of champagne and 4 packets of gelatin together, and let sit for about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Heat mixture until the gelatin dissolves. This will smell pretty weird, but it’s not strong. Don’t let it boil.
  3. Add vanilla & take off heat.
  4. In another bowl, combine the rest of the champagne, peach schnapps, and ginger ale (I used the tray I was setting the jello in, since it wasn’t very shallow).
  5. Mix in the gelatin concoction, stirring gently to keep the mixture carbonated.
  6. Pour into your pan (if not there already), and refrigerate overnight or until set – I left mine at least 20hrs.
  7. Once at the party, I chopped up the pan into cubes and served them in the cups. We ended up with at least 40, maybe more? We kept refilling cups, and people kept eating them 🙂

It didn’t keep as much of the carbonated “flavor” as I was hoping, but the champagne taste was definitely there. I also bought a gold sugar I was going to sprinkle on for the sparkling texture, but in the flurry to get to the party, I forgot it. They were totally fine without it – overall a big hit.

I wonder what I’ll do for the next party?

New Theme: Aventurine

Mel & I have released a new theme for users! Aventurine is a colorful theme with a focus on your content. As always, our themes are fully responsive & child theme ready (we might even have a color-swapped child theme in the works right now 🙂 ).

Check out our intro post.

Psst, Want to help translate one of our themes? Or let us know about a bug? You can contribute to Aventurine through github.

What an exciting day!

Funny observations from the themes on

I wanted to run some more interesting queries against the themes on, so earlier this evening I pulled down the theme data into a local database. Eventually I want to “feature” some nice but maybe not super popular themes, so I’ve run a few queries to find out how things are rated, what the number of downloads is, etc. So, here are some interesting results.

Bouquet, by Automattic, is the “best” theme — it has the highest rating/downloads combo.

Catch Everest, by catchthemes, is probably a better “best”, with the highest rating/number of ratings/download combo. Sequel, by ZGani, is the “best” child theme.

Interestingly, removing number of downloads doesn’t affect which themes are in the top ~5, just the order. Since number of ratings should correspond to downloads, this isn’t too surprising.

The average theme is rated 8 times, with a score of 60 (3 stars), and downloaded 47,957 times. If I remove the themes with no ratings, the average rating jumps to 88. So… is everyone too nice, or are themes just that great?

Automattic has the highest number of themes, at 54, followed by tskk (32) and (27). If I remove child themes, Automattic is still in the lead (though only 48 now), followed by (still 27), and ThemeZee (23).

The scatterplot above was just thrown together quickly, I wanted to see if the number of tags on a theme affected the number of downloads or rating. The chart has rating on the x axis and downloads on the y, with number of tags controlling the hue (red, fewer tags, blue/purple, more). It doesn’t seem to though, since most of the dots ended up green everywhere- which is about average.

Anyway, that was my exciting night (need to do something while Mel hogs the TV for Dragon Age 🙂 ) – look for some future posts on lesser-known awesome themes!

Hiking at Middlesex Fells

Mel & I have been talking about “doing some nature” basically all summer— whether that was going to a beach, or taking a hike, or kayaking… and it never happened. To be fair, between WordCamps and other conferences, meetups, and work, summer was pretty busy.

Now that it’s fall, and the conference circuit is slowing down (well, there’s another WordCamp this weekend…), we’re trying to do some of those things we didn’t do this summer. So we took the day and went up to the Middlesex Fells Reservation (what a trip, maybe we’ll get a car next time).

We probably hit at least 6 of the labeled trails, and 2 roads, trying to make our way from Oak Grove to the reservation headquarters at Spot Pond. It ended up being about 6 miles of walking through the woods, along rocky trails & brooks. We had lunch at the boat rental place (closed for the season, but had picnic tables) at the edge of Spot Pond. And then took a much shorter rout to a different entrance, so we could catch the bus home.