Cook up a batch of fun Cheerwiggles by mixologist Kyle Erkes and watch them go faster than the Christmas cookies. Holiday spices and the bright fruit flavors of Cheerwine Holiday Punch will put everyone in the spirit – the rum won’t hurt either.


  • 1 cup white rum
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 5 packets (10 ounces) unflavored gelatin
  • cup water
  • cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups Cheerwine Holiday Punch
  • Sugar sprinkles (garnish)


Combine rum, triple sec, and lemon juice in large bowl. Slowly sprinkle in gelatin, stirring constantly. Allow gelatin to bloom for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile combine water, sugar, spices, and lemon zest in a medium pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids from the spice syrup and return the syrup to heat. Add Cheerwine. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Pour hot Cheerwine mixture into the bowl with bloomed gelatin. Mix thoroughly ensuring all gelatin is dissolved.

Shape your Holiday Cheerwiggles: Pour onto sheet pan to cut out with cookie cutter holiday shapes, into individual molds or ice cube trays. Top with sugar sprinkles, as desired. Allow to set in refrigerator for at least one hour or until jiggly. Makes 24 shots.

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