« On est le 15 août / On a le droit de virer fou / On va fêter / De Caraquet à Cap-Pelé » -Cayouche, ‘‘15 août’’, an excerpt from his record Moitié-Moitié (Half-French, Half-English record), 1996
August 15 corresponds to National Acadian Day. Since you will be celebrating already, in order to help you virer fou (French for: go crazy), here is a suggestion: the infamous Acadian Jello Shots, mixed with Acadian vodka on top of that! Blue, white, red with a star-shaped candy to represent the Acadian flag.
The first symbol to be voted during the first National Convention of Acadians in 1881 was in fact the National Acadian Day on August 15. Since 2003, the Parliament of Canada has adopted this commemorative day by law. This official day represents an important one for the Acadian people to celebrate their pride and heritage.
Furthermore, this year falls during the Congrès mondial acadien in August, which only takes place every five years. The 5th edition will be held in the region of ‘‘L’Acadie des terres et forêts’’, which means, for the first time in three border territories, two countries, two provinces: New-Brunswick’s North-West, Québec’s Témiscouata and Maine’s (United-States) North County Aroostook.
Over the past few years, I’ve been proudly serving these Acadian Jello Shots to my guests during August 15th. They are always a hit, even though I get criticized for them being too ‘‘strong.’’ I modified the recipe for you, dear readers, but you may prepare them my way with a water-to-alcohol ratio of 1:2 (instead of 1:4 as indicated in this published recipe.) At your own risk. Consume in moderation.
Happy 15 août to all Acadians. As Cayouche would say: ‘‘Chin chin!’’
Instructions: How-to make Acadian Jello Shots
Even if there are many steps, you’ll see that it is easy. Before starting, a couple of things:
- First off, this recipe takes at least 6 hours in the fridge. You have to alternate between preparing de liquid with the gelatine and waiting at least two hours for it to solidify. You must follow the same instructions for every colour: blue, white (clear), red.
- Secondly, your vodka must be cold!
1. Gather the following ingredients:
- 75 shot glasses*;
- 75 star-shaped candy**;
- One package of gelatine with flavour, blue coloured;
- Two packages of gelatine without flavour;
- One package of gelatine with flavour, red coloured;
- 2 cups (500 ml) of vodka (optional)***;
- 6 cups (1500 ml) of water.
*I suggest using clear shot glasses (not those that are tinted or that you can’t see through) in order to better see the Acadian flag effect.
**I bought my star-shaped candy at a bulk food retailer (ex: Bulkbarn).
***To make this recipe without alcohol, simply substitute the vodka with water.
2. Add a star-shaped candy to each shot glass.
3. Boil 1 cup (250 ml) of water.
4. Dissolve the blue gelatin powder in the boiling water directly in a measuring cup.
5. Add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of cold water. Then, 1/2 cup (125 ml) of vodka, which yields just over 2 cups (500 ml) of blue liquid.
6. Pour roughly 6.5 ml of blue liquid per shot glass and then place in the fridge for at least two hours.
7. Two hours later, repeat steps 3 to 5 for the gelatine without flavour, but double the recipe (boil 2 cups (500 ml) of water, dissolve two packages of gelatine without flavour, add 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water, then, 1 cup (250 ml) of vodka.)
8. Remove shot glasses with the blue gelatine, now solidified, from the fridge. Pour roughly 12 ml of clear liquid over the blue gelatine, in each shot glass. Then, place in fridge for at least two hours.
9. Two hours later, repeat steps 3 to 5 for the red gelatine.
10. Remove shot glasses with the blue gelatine and clear gelatine from the fridge. The clear gelatine should now be solidified, pour roughly 6.5 ml of red liquid over the clear gelatine, in each shot glass. Then, place in fridge for at least two hours.
11. Serve cold.