After seeing photos of these on different online sites, I decided to give them a try. After a bit of trial and error, I think I have come up with the best way to make them. They were a hit at the party I took them to and I will definitely be making them again. I tried using four different kinds of citrus fruit (oranges, regular lemons, Meyer lemons and limes). Using limes is pretty much impossible … as the flesh inside does not release well from the outer “skin.” The oranges were the easiest to get the flesh out of and the lemons were somewhere in the middle.
To the excitement of my children, these can be made without the liquor. Just eliminate the vodka and use a full 1 cup of cold water instead of just a 1/2 cup. I have made both the kiddie version and adult version … just be sure to keep them separate during the whole process and store separately!
What you will need:
Jello – in whatever flavor/color you prefer
Oranges and/or lemons
Begin by cutting the fruit in half. You will then remove all of the inside flesh of the fruit. I used a grapefruit spoon (serrated) to first loosen the inside, then to scoop all of the fruit out. Blot the inside with a napkin or clean towel until pretty dry. Place all the “shells” in a muffin tin.
Next, in separate bowls you will add 1 c. boiling water to each package of Jello. Stir for 2 minutes until dissolved completely. Then, add in 1/2 c. very cold water and 1/2 c. vodka to each bowl. Stir, then pour mixture into the fruit shells until completely full to the top of each one. You will need to make sure each shell is as level in the muffin tin as possible. If you have remaining Jello mixture left, pour into mini cups and serve as Jello shots.
Carefully place in refrigerator and chill 3 – 4 hours … or overnight is best. Then, simply slice (with a very sharp knife) each into 3 – 4 slices in the same manner you would slice fruit into wedges. Serve.
NOTE: Although regular Jello shots are usually frozen, it is not recommended that this recipe be frozen because the fruit rinds can break down and become soggy when taken out of the freezer. You may still, however, freeze any leftover mixture that you make into regular Jello shots in cups.