|October 4th, National Vodka Day|
Such was the case with the creation of our Lemon Drop Jell-O Shots. In preparation for a neighborhood gathering, and with a phenomenal idea from Naomi at Baker's Royale, I had my lemons assembled and scrubbed, halved and scooped out and lined up on mini muffin tins awaiting their vodka laced Jell-O filling as I reached up into the liquor cabinet for the vodka. Much to my surprise, the vodka cabinet was bare.
Doing my best to avoid a late night trip to the store I peered out my windows to see if lights were on at any of the neighbors. One was out of town, another doesn't drink, another out to dinner, but the one directly across the street was lit up in celebrating of Maggie's 9th birthday (10 Gryffinder garbed "Hermiones" were in attendance). With laughter carrying across the street I stood hesitantly in my front yard while clutching my big measuring cup and decided to head over.
The dad opened the door, saw my measuring cup and asked if I needed sugar. The all out belly laugh that occurred after I stated, "No... I need a cup and a half of vodka," had me smiling while he asked if my day really had been that bad?
Vodka in hand, I scurried back home, prepared my Jell-O concoction (we used a ratio of 2/3 vodka to 1/3 water) and set the filled lemon shells into the fridge to set overnight.
A sharp knife and a pretty plate was all that was remaining for our party offering the next day which indeed garnered plenty of "Oooh's and aaah's" as it was placed on the drink table.
Adjustable to suit your tastes, the hardest part of the recipe is scooping out the lemon shells. My first attempt to turn the shells inside out, as I had seen recommended, didn't work and found me with a torn half lemon shell left in my hands. My solution was to use a paring knife to cut away as much of the lemon from the rind as I could and simply using either the edge of the knife or my fingernail to peel away the remaining pith, almost like peeling the lemon from the inside out.
Visually appealing as well as fun, I enjoyed the numerous questions about how I had shaped the wedges, with most people not realizing that I had cut the wedges from a half lemon that had chilled overnight. Popular with all ages (over 21 years of age) I served a few saved wedges to my parents, Father-in-Law, and my dad's 85 year old cousin the following night and actually had my Father-in-Law ask for seconds. Jell-O shots do indeed span the generations!
Happy National Vodka Day 2011!
Lemon Drop Jell-O Shots
A fun way to do shots, these shots can be made with any sort of citrus. We found our water/vodka ratio to be not too "alcoholy", yet still fun.
2 6 oz boxes Lemon Jell-O
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 cup water
Scrub lemons. Cut lemons in half. With a small paring knife, cut as much of the lemon away from the rind as you can. With the tip of the knife, or simply your fingernail, scratch at the membranes until you can "peel" the remaining membranes from the rind, you will be left with an empty 1/2 lemon rind. (Kind of like peeling from the inside out).
Stand the rinds in mini muffin tins. Set aside.
Prepare jiggler recipe for the jello using two boxes (6 oz) of jello and 2 1/2 cups of liquid. (At this point you may adjust the vodka level to suit your tastes, I have read recipes replacing 1/4 cups of vodka for 1/4 cup of water to others using 100% vodka. Use what works for you and prepare Jell-O as directed, just keep the liquid amount to 2 1/2 cups).
We heated 1 cup of water and stirred the Jell-O until the sugar was dissolved. We then added 1 1/2 cups of vodka to the jello and stirred to combine, then poured the Jell-O into the prepared lemon shells.
Place the mini muffin pan holding the shells into the fridge and chill overnight.
To serve, simply cut the "lemon" halves into wedges and arrange on a plate. Enjoy!