Monday, December 19, 2011

L is for: Lemon Meringue & Arnold Palmer Jello Shots

Before you start praising me for another stroke of jello shot genius...this is not an original idea. Just do a google image search for lemon jello shots and you'll see what I'm talking about.

However, I will take credit for these DE-LICIOUS flavor combinations. Well, one of them anyways...the other one, I have to credit my cousin Erin, who loves jello shots even more than I do.

For those of you who haven't seen this clever trick, you just have to try it. It's super easy, and your friends will think you are the coolest kid at the party.

And to kick up the flavor a notch, consider using whipped cream vodka and lemon jello for a lemon meringue or use sweet tea vodka for a jelled version of an Arnold Palmer.


You'll need about 6-10 lemons, depending on the size. (Plus, if you're like me, you'll probably tear or ruin at least two peels, so it's good to have extras). Each lemon will make four jello shots. Cut each lemon in half, and carefully juice them without tearing the peel. (Save the juice for another recipe or a marinade).


Next, you'll need to hollow out each lemon peel. I found a grapefruit knife and spoon to be really helpful with this. If you don't have either, you can use a paring knife, but just be careful not to puncture the peels. (And careful, if your hands are dry or you have any paper cuts, this could be a slightly painful process!)


Place the halves in a muffin pan to help keep them stabilized while setting. Make the jello according to package directions, except in place of the cup of cold water, substitute 3/4 cup of whipped cream vodka (for lemon meringue) or sweet tea vodka (for Arnold Palmers*), along with 1/4 cup of cold water. Transfer to something with a pouring spout (such as a liquid measuring cup) to make for easier filling. Fill each lemon half and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. (Note: these photos are of the Lemon Meringue flavor. Because of the "tea" color of the sweet tea vodka, the Arnold Palmers will have more of a golden/reddish hue to them).


Once the jello is completely set, use a sharp knife to slice into wedges. You might want to provide a small bowl for guest to discard the used peels. These would also be great for a tailgate as they are very portable. Whatever you serve them, prepare for lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" from your friends!

Lemon Meringue & Arnold Palmer Jello Shots

by Jaymee Sire
Keywords: jello shot cocktail jello lemon vodka

Ingredients (24 jello shots)
  • 6-10 lemons (depending on size)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package of lemon jello (I used sugar free)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup vodka (use whipped cream vodka for lemon meringue, use sweet tea vodka for Arnold Palmers, or use citrus vodka for classic lemon drops)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • to make stronger shots, use a full cup of vodka and omit the cold water
Instructions
  1. Cut each lemon in half, and carefully juice them without tearing the peel. (Save the juice for another recipe or a marinade).
  2. Hollow out each half, taking care not to puncture the peel. Place the halves in a muffin pan to help keep them stabilized while setting.
  3. Make the jello according to package directions, except in place of the cup of cold water, substitute 3/4 cup of whipped cream vodka (for lemon meringue) or sweet tea vodka (for Arnold Palmers), along with 1/4 cup of cold water. Transfer to something with a pouring spout (such as a liquid measuring cup) to make for easier filling. Fill each lemon half and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  4. Once the jello is completely set, use a sharp knife to slice into wedges and serve.

**(Note: the photos are of the Lemon Meringue flavor. Because of the "tea" color of the sweet tea vodka, the Arnold Palmers will have more of a golden/reddish hue to them).
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9 comments:

  1. Haha these are too cute to eat!!
    Perfect for holiday gathering!!

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  2. I made these wonderful lemon jello shots for NYE...I was planning on making them again for Super Bowl Sunday...I was also going to make 2 more...I was going to try to make key lime...and these referee ones...my question is for the referee jello shots they use grape jello, grape schnapps (mix with food coloring for black) and sweetened condensed milk and citron vodka for the white layer...I am not fond of schnapps...I was thinking orange jello and cointreau and sweetened condensed milk and either regular or whipped creme vodka...what are your thoughts?

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    1. Those sound adorable! You can pretty much use any type of alcohol. Love whipped cream vodka in the white layer. I would use as dark of jello as possible for the black layer.

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  3. Meredith Santucci told me about your blog! I would love to feature these jello shots on my blog: http://saucypants.com/blog/! Please let me know how I can get in touch! Thanks so much! I love your site!

    Kristi Murphy

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    1. Kristi-that would be great! Why don't you get my email from Meredith and we can chat more about it.

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  4. Jaymee, cute idea. Also, when I saw whipped cream flavored vodka in the store a while back, I couldn't think of any use for it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No problem Laura! I've got lots of uses for whipped cream vodka on here... key lime pie martinis, pumpkin spice martinis, and white russian pudding shots too :)

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  5. Allyson KruczkowskiMarch 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Very cute! I'm so excited to see how them turn out :) (they are still in the fridge) I can't wait to try different variations and even other recipes! Thanks for sharing this great idea

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