Bakers Royale is one of my favorite blogs to visit when I’m looking for something unique and creative to make for a party. She comes up with the coolest stuff, including the ultimate Jell-o shots. She has a few different ideas for them, but the ones I knew I had to try were these Lemon Drops:
image source from Bakers Royale
We had an annual BBQ to attend this summer and we always volunteer to bring Jell-o shots, so I decided to up my game a little. I made several flavors and used not only lemons, but limes and oranges, as well. What can I say, these were a HUGE hit. They do take a little while to make, so I suggest starting them the night before and then setting the Jell-o overnight. Your basic steps are:
- Buy 10 lemons, 10 limes, 10 oranges (you really only need 7-8 per batch, but I bought extras), and 4 or 5 boxes of BRAND NAME Jell-o (do not buy the store brand or sugar free stuff)
- Cut your lemons/limes/oranges in half. (I tried both the “long” and “short” ways, and it does not matter)
- Using a paring knife, CAREFULLY loosen the skin inside your fruit. If you poke too far down, you will make a hole through the outer peel and then it’s no good :(
- Squeeze as much juice as you can out of the fruit. This will help with the “scooping out” process later on.
- Get your Jell-o recipe ready! (Follow normal directions and replace water with alcohol – for recipe suggestions, check out this site: http://www.myscienceproject.org/j-shot-3.html
- I used muffin tins and cupcake holders to place the fruit cups into. I also used some dry pasta noodles to help stabilize some of the cups.
- Pour Jell-o into each fruit cup. Fill it up as much as you can, and even overfill a little. When the Jell-o starts to mold, the amount will go down and it looks better when they’re filled as much as possible.
- CAREFULLY move the fruit cups into the fridge.
- Let the fruit cups set overnight in the fridge.
- The next morning, use a very sharp (not serrated) knife to cut the fruit cups into quarters.
- Serve them within a couple hours after taking them out of the fridge (I brought them in several Tupperware containers filled with ice to the BBQ and they stayed pretty well set for a few hours even in the hot sun!)
Here are all the flavors I made:
Strawberry Lemonade – strawberry Jell-o + 3/4 cup lemon vodka, 1/4 cup cold water
Lemon Drops – lemon Jell-o + 3/4 cup lemon vodka, 1/4 cup cold water
Watermelons! watermelon Jell-o + 1/2 tequila, 1/2 cup cold water
Orange slices – tropical fusion Jell-o + 3/4 cup Malibu rum, 1/4 cup cold water
I also made a batch of non-alcoholic Raspberry Lemonade shots, since one of our friends is pregnant, so she wouldn’t feel left out :) Everyone was totally excited to try these out, and I have to admit, they’re a lot easier to eat like this! Much more sanitary when you don’t have to poke your finger in the shot container to wiggle out the Jell-o. I’m not sure how I can top these for next year, so I guess I’ll just be experimenting with different flavors…mmmmm!