The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

Have a drink on me!

Hey, y’all! Hope you’re having a fantastic first week of October.

One of my brilliant coworkers at my day job had an amazing idea: Why not hold a bracket-style Jell-O shot competition? (I told you she’s brilliant. She also happens to be lovely and sweet too. Hi, Vickie!)

Each week, two people sign up to bring Jell-O shots. Friday afternoon, all the rest of us sample one (or 21) of each shot and then vote for our favorite.  The winner then moves on to the next round. I volunteered for Week 1. I scoured the Internet and spent hours on Pinterest in the name of team building and togetherness. My first time out of the gate, I made sparkling wine and Fresca shots, topped with Pop Rocks. And they were horrible. Seriously awful. They were way too strong and really strange. (The leftover Pop Rocks, however, were a huge hit, especially once folks had sampled one [or 21] of my shots.)

As the tournament has progressed, the bar has been seriously raised. Costumes, elaborate plating, and memorized presentations have now become the norm for our Friday faceoffs. Not wanting to be remembered solely for my craptastic bubbly wine/peach/grapefruit/mouth explosion creations, I entered the contest again—theme, costume, and all.

Teacher's pet presents "Hot for Teacher." I was imagining Dolvett Quince as my P.E. teacher. Sigh.

Teacher’s pet presents “Hot for Teacher.” I was imagining Dolvett Quince as my P.E. teacher. Sigh.

My shots, which I affectionately called “Hot for Teacher,” won, and I’m looking forward to making them again in a few weeks for the semi-final round. I’m also looking forward to many more weeks of Jell-O shot fun. I’d guess by this point in the tourney that I have . . . I have . . . um . . . CRAP.

And now it’s time for a TGB True Confession: I can’t ever remember the past participle (the one that goes after “I have”) for “to drink.” Ever. Is it “I have dranked”? I have drunken? I have drinked? Dranken? Dammit.

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So, I can NOW say that over the last number of weeks I think I have drank 100 Jell-O shots. Or perhaps I have drunk 121. Either way, I have the right verb (finally).

Want to start your own amazingly fun Jell-O shot contest? Go for it! Here’s my award-winning (ha!) recipe for you to try:

Hot for Teacher

1 C apple juice
4 packets Knox Gelatine
2 C Fireball Whisky
1 C Angry Orchard Apple Cider

Markers and notebook optional

Markers and notebook optional

Pour apple juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over the juice and let stand 1 minute. Heat over medium and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in whisky and cider. Pour into rectangular casserole dish or individual Jell-O shot cups. Chill until firm. And enjoy responsibly, y’all. (I need to see your ID, please.)



Say it with me, y'all, "Good morning, Mr. Quince." (Image courtesy of

Say it with me, y’all, “Good morning, Mr. Quince.” (Image courtesy of

I’m pretty sure that there will be many folks out there who are disappointed when they Google “Hot for Teacher” and end up on my grammar site.

7 comments on “Have a drink on me!

  1. julie@sowsewso
    October 9, 2013

    The grammar belle has difficulty with the verb “to drink”? Well, slap me silly! Who would have thought? Or is it thunk? (Just kidding) Way to combine your day job, alcohol, and your blog, but I’m not sure that you really can “drink” a Jell-O shot, unless they don’t set.

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 9, 2013

      Right?! Whoda thunk it? “Sink,” “swim,” and “swing” also give me fits.

  2. outlawmama
    October 9, 2013

    Best post ever. You’re so dang cute.

  3. Gwen
    October 9, 2013

    Love me some Angry Orchard Apple Ale! Even better you can buy it cheap at Sam’s Club! SCORE!

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 9, 2013

      I need to bring you my leftovers, Gwen!

      • Gwen
        October 9, 2013

        Any time Brandita!

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