Who remembers the Lava Lamp?
What do you think about when you hear the word “groovy”? Bell bottom pants? Flowers? What about lava lamps?
Lava lamps were very popular back in the groovy 1960s! Many people still have them at home today.
Most lamps light up a room. But lava lamps are mainly just fun to look at. They have colored wax globules floating around in a transparent liquid. The wax floats around in the liquid creating fun shapes and the lighting makes it mesmerizing!
We're going to create our own Lava Lamps using some simple ingredients. These are for St. Patrick's, so we're going green, but feel free to substitute any variation you like!
For your liquid:
Any lemon/lime soda (mocktail) or champagne or bubbly wine (cocktail)
For your globules:
Raisins (it works better if they are room temperature and soaked in a little water (mocktail) or alcohol of your choice (cocktail).
Jello (pick lime or pineapple or orange to stick with our theme) Jigglers (mocktail)
Jello Shots (cocktail)
*recipes will follow below
Make sure you have the beverage of your choice chilled and fill your glass 3/4 full.
Jello and raisins will float up and down IF they are room temperature. Too cold and they float.
Add your choice of floater to the glass.
I like to add waterproof LED mini lights to the glass first to make them extra festive AND really look like a Lava Lamp.
Jello 'shots' for Lava Lamps
- 3 ounce box Jello pick your favorite flavor
- 1 1/2 cups water (divided use)
- 1/2 cup vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila (no more than 80 proof)
Heat one cup of water until it's boiling.
Pour the boiling water into a bowl containing your Jello powder and whisk the mixture until the powder is completely dissolved.
Pour in 1/2 cup cold water and whisk until combined.
Pour in the vodka and whisk until thoroughly blended.
Pour the Jello mixture into plastic shot cups, glasses or a small baking dish.
Refrigerate the Jello shots for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours until they are firm.
- Bring to room temperature to make Lava Lamps
Store any leftover shots in the refrigerator.