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 lemon drop martinis. 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 mojito jello shots. 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 A Beautiful MessDip 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. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Celeste from the Fresh Collection.