Lemon Drop Jello Shots

Lemon drop shots (click through for recipe)Lemon drop shots (click through for recipe) I know. jello shots. Just those two words might conjure up some funny references. I typically think of bowling alley jello shots first. But believe me, these are far from those bright blue or red, super-crazy, sweet, little jello shots you might see served at a bowling alley.

Oh, your bowling alley doesn’t serve jello shots? Bummer. My town wins this round, I guess.

Anyway. My point is, these are good. These are jello shots you could be totally proud to serve at your next backyard barbecue or take on your next camping trip to share with friends.

Lemon drop shots (click through for recipe) These are a delicious blend of citrus vodka. These are inspired by . These are indeed sweet, but not so much that it overshadows the citrus flavor. Serving them in lemon or orange rinds also adds a little class.

You heard me. I said these are classy jello shots. 🙂

How to make lemon drop jello shotsLemon Drop Jello Shots, makes around two dozen.

1 cup water
1 cup sugar (I used superfine, but granulated will work as well)
3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup vodka

In a small pot over medium heat, stir together the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves.

How to make jello shotsWhisk in the gelatin until well combined. Then stir in the lemon juice and vodka. Allow the mixture to slightly cool before pouring it into your lemon rinds. When pouring, use a vessel with a small spout as this will make it much easier.

How to make jello shots in lemon rindsCut lemons (or oranges) in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Don’t worry; this is MUCH easier than using limes like we did for these . Limes are kind of tough; lemons are easy.

Fill each half with the jello mixture while it’s still liquid. I fill the bottom of a shallow dish, like a pie pan, with sugar to help hold the lemon rinds upright so the liquid doesn’t pour out. Refrigerate and allow the jello to fully set (at least a couple hours or overnight). Once set, you can slice them up into smaller wedges. I sliced mine into three wedges per lemon half.

Lemon drop shots from SpiegelingDip half the jello shot in a little sugar. Just for fun. These are great for summer, so get your jello shot on and make these this weekend! xo. Didier

Lemon Drop Jello Shots

Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar I used superfine, but granulated will work as well
  • 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup vodka

Instructions

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, stir together the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Whisk in the gelatin until well combined. Then stir in the lemon juice and vodka. Allow the mixture to slightly cool before pouring it into your lemon rinds. When pouring, use a vessel with a small spout as this will make it much easier.
  3. Cut lemons (or oranges) in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Don't worry; this is MUCH easier than using limes like we did for these mojito jello shots. Limes are kind of tough; lemons are easy.
  4. Fill each half with the jello mixture while it's still liquid. I fill the bottom of a shallow dish, like a pie pan, with sugar to help hold the lemon rinds upright so the liquid doesn't pour out. Refrigerate and allow the jello to fully set (at least a couple hours or overnight). Once set, you can slice them up into smaller wedges. I sliced mine into three wedges per lemon half. Dip half the jello shot in a little sugar.

Credits // Author: Didier Li, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Didier Li. Photos edited with Celeste from the .

  • Oh these will be perfect for my next house party. However they would have to be veggie, hopefully vegetarian gelatine will work. Can’t wait to try!

  • Oh my god this is amazing! Haha, I can’t believe you made jello shots classy, but you did!

  • My brother’s girlfriend and I make hundreds of jello shots every year for a camping trip we go on! I am adding this one to the list!

    Sammi Sunshine
    A Food Blog

  • Oh, this looks delicious! Being a lover of anything citrus-y this recipe makes me wish I wasn’t a vegeterian and could eat gelatin 🙂

  • these are so adorable! i think i want to try them with oranges 🙂
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

  • Yes, I made mojito ones last year (linked in the post above). I love making them. I was working on a whiskey lemonade one, but so far I haven’t gotten it quite right.

    - Didier

  • omg, these look delish and perfect for summer parties… thanks for sharing, will def try this…

    xo, Hems

  • My friend did something similar but used devils egg tray to hold the lime/lemon halves

  • I want to try doing this with normal jello for kids! It would be such a fun and cool party treat! 🙂

  • That’s a great idea! I haven’t bought a devils egg tray yet because I always hate buying something that I feel like I won’t use often. But this gives me another reason-score!

    - Didier

  • I live in Springfield as well, and I am highly curious of which bowling alley in town serves jello shots. Which bowling alley are you girls talking about? Thanks!

  • Classy or unclassy, I love Jello shots. And your town totally wins with the bowling alley + Jello shot combo!

  • I’m in awe. These look amazing!
    I’m definitely bookmarking this idea for all of my parties this summer!

    xoxo

  • Yum! My friend and I did many experiments with fruit filled jello shots after reading your lime post. We did limes, oranges… and even filled an entire half of a water melon with fruit punch jungle juice alcoholic jello… which really was just hilarious and not to mention drunk inducing. But LEMONS, I’m all about it.

  • This recipe looks terrific! How many lemons/oranges did you need to make this amount?

  • I never knew what jelo shots are. We dont make them over here (Greece). Great idea though. Greek Summer nights are perfect for these shots!

  • Hello on a beautyful sunny day.

    Love your idéa, must try it. Would be delisius on a sunny, hot evening:-)

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    Tina

  • I once made something like this with oranges and I used a muffin tray to put the orange halves in so that they wouldn’t tip over – maybe that works for lemons, too? (saves the sugar bowl)

  • Last year, I used your mojito lime jello shots as inspiration to try a few other variations.
    I did a “creamsicle” with whipped cream vodka in oranges, and a strawberry lemonade with lemon juice, a berry vokda, and some small chunks of fresh strawberries dropped into the lemon halves as the jello starts to cool.

    The lemon ones were by farrrr the favorite and much easier than the limes to clean out.

  • These are setting up for tomorrow’s BBQ. I put the lemon halves in a cupcake pan and the rest in a casserole dish to slice into squares. this recipe is awesome, thank you!

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