Calling everybody 21-years-old and older! We’ve got a refreshing, sweet and tart idea to get your summer parties started. If you enjoy trying different cocktails, at some point or another you’ve probably tried a lemon drop, a simple iced beverage made with little more than lemon juice, vodka, and triple sec. It doesn’t get much simpler when you’re looking for a vacation-perfect shot, so how could we possibly make them any better? By making them cooler – literally! – and making them inside real lemon wedges. It’s fun, it’s tropical, and it’s party-ready. Watch how they’re made, and as always, drink responsibly.

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Makes 36 lemon drop wedges


– 6 lemons, cut in half lengthwise
– ½ cup lemon juice (from the 6 lemons)
– ½ cup water
– 3 tablespoons orange juice
– ⅓ cup granulated sugar
– 5 ½ teaspoons (2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin
– ½ cup citrus vodka


  1. Cut around the edges of the lemon flesh to separate it from the peel. Scoop it out into a bowl and scrape the peel clean.
  2. Place each clean peel into a jumbo muffin tin, or any container that will hold them upright, separate, and prevent spillage.
  3. In a small sauce pan, combine the lemon juice, orange juice, sugar and water.
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture and let it sit for 5 minutes, until the gelatin is softened.
  5. Heat the pan over medium heat, and stir until the sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
  6. Whisk in the vodka and remove from the heat.
  7. To make it easier to fill the lemon halves, transfer the gelatin mixture to a large liquid measuring cup when cool enough to safely do so.
  8. Fill each peel up to the top.
  9. Transfer the tins of filled peels to the refrigerator for 6 hours, or overnight, until the gelatin is set.
  10. Slice each lemon half into thirds and serve.


  • Squeeze the lemons for their juice before scooping out the fruit to make slicing easier.

Recipe adapted from the Kitchn