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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LEMON DROP WEDGE SHOTS
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
- 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.
- Place each clean peel into a jumbo muffin tin, or any container that will hold them upright, separate, and prevent spillage.
- In a small sauce pan, combine the lemon juice, orange juice, sugar and water.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture and let it sit for 5 minutes, until the gelatin is softened.
- 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.
- Whisk in the vodka and remove from the heat.
- 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.
- Fill each peel up to the top.
- Transfer the tins of filled peels to the refrigerator for 6 hours, or overnight, until the gelatin is set.
- 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