The whimsical drink was invented by Cody Goldstein, beverage director at The Fat Monk and founder of Muddling Memories, an experiential cocktail consulting firm. His inspiration for the cocktail didn’t come from watching Flubber (somehow, Goldstein says, we’re the first people to draw this comparison), but instead from his main ingredient: Jägermeister.
“My goal was to take Jäger and elevate it in the way that it’s meant to be elevated,” Goldstein says. “There’s a stigma from back in the day that it’s just meant for a shot and a beer, and while that’s great and delicious, Jäger has so many amazing botanicals, bitter flavors and herbaceous notes to play up.”
But just because Goldstein wanted the Jägermeister cocktail to taste high-class didn’t mean he wanted it to feel stuffy. Instead, he gave it “a wink and a nod to the feeling we had drinking Jäger back in the day: fun.”
“The Solo cup was my first inclination,” he says. “I thought we could put the cocktail in the red cup and play into the college feel of drinking out of red cups. But how do we make that red cup special? For some reason I thought of Jello Shots.”
After a lot of trial and error playing with different methods and ratios, Goldstein landed on 80 percent Jell-O to 20 percent gelatin to create the ultimate edible jello cup. It can be picked up, nibbled, holds a cocktail without spilling and won’t melt in the sun. And, of course, it jiggles. While the wriggling cup certainly brings all the customers and Instagram likes to the yard, the blended cocktail itself is also tasty, innovative and equally colorful.
“Not a lot of cocktails use fresh cantaloupe because it goes bad fairly quickly after you juice it, but it’s one of my favorite ingredients,” Goldstein says. “When you blend it, it gets slushy like watermelon. With the herbaceousness and bitterness of Jäger mixed with orangey Aperol and St-Germain for wild blossom sweetness—and pineapple and lemon juice for fresh citrus—it’s delicious, and pretty boozy."