Fancy Fruit Wedge Jelly Shots for Grown Ups – How To

These are cocktail-inspired jelly shots with a grown up presentation that will be welcome at any party. Though, you might want to make some non-alcoholic ones for the kids as well so they don’t get jealous.

Before your break out the bottles of booze gather your fruit, I’ve given recipes here for oranges, lemons and limes. Cut your fruit in half lengthwise, or from end to end. Scoop out the pulp, this is the most difficult with the limes so if you have a grapefruit knife now is the time to figure out which drawer it’s buried in. Keep the pulp for juice. Rinse out the halves of the fruit and dab them dry on the inside and the outside with paper towels. Grab a regular sized muffin tin and put some crumpled tin foil in each compartment to help hold up the smaller lemons and limes. Place the fruit so that the cut half is up.

For heating the gelatin mixture I found a saucepan with a pour spout very helpful, I actually used a butter warmer. Pour or spoon the hot gelatin liquid into each fruit half, filling it all the way to the top as the gelatin will shrink a bit as it cools and sets. Move this muffin tin into the fridge and allow it to sit overnight.

When you’re ready to cut the slices put the fruit flat side down on a cutting board and use the sharpest knife you own. Cut limes and lemons into three wedges, oranges into four wedges.

Notes:

- I highly suggest you try to gelatinize your favorite cocktail. I found that one packet of Knox gelatin to about every 8 ounces of liquid worked pretty well. And be aware that the fruit rinds will add some bitter flavor to the gelatin, especially the limes, so err on the side of making your drink recipe a bit sweeter than usual.

- Think it would be pretty cute to sprinkle some chunky sugar or salt on your gelatin wedges as a garnish? Me too! Sadly I found all forms dissolved very quickly on contact. Stick to non water soluble garnishes like mint leaves or lemon twists if you’re feeling like being fancy.

- If you’re using your own juice you can strain the pulp out but know orange juice will still create cloudy, yet delicious, results.

Vodka Sunrise

I’ve broken this into two layers to create the effect of a float of grenadine, so allow for a little extra prep time. This recipe will fill two orange halves.

1.5 ounce grenadine syrup
2 ounces orange juice
1 package Knox gelatin
2 ounces water
1 tablespoon sugar
3 ounces vodka

Put the grenadine syrup and 2 ounces of orange juice in your small sauce pan. Sprinkle half a packet of gelatin over top and let it bloom for about a minute. Heat over low heat for about six minutes, stirring often, until the gelatin has dissolved. Divide between two orange halves and chill thoroughly before adding the second layer.

When the first layer is set combine the water and sugar in the saucepan. Sprinkle the remaining half packet of gelatin over the top and allow it to bloom for a minute or so. Heat over low heat for six minutes, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved. Take off the heat and add the vodka. Pour over the grenadine layer filling each orange half all the way up to the top and chill until firm, overnight if possible.

Spiked Arnold Palmer

4 ounces lemonade (premade or mix together 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1.5 ounces water, 1 tablespoon sugar)
1 package Knox gelatin
4 ounces sweet tea flavored vodka

Pour lemonade in a small saucepan. Sprinkle a package of gelatin over the top and allow it to bloom for about a minute. Heat over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved. Take off of the heat and add the sweet tea flavored vodka. Pour into prepared lemon halves, it will fill 4 to 6 halves. Chill thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Lemon Drop

2 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces water
5 or 6 tablespoons sugar
1 package Knox gelatin
3 ounces vodka

Combine the lemon juice, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Sprinkle one package of gelatin over the top and let it bloom for about a minute. Heat over low heat and stir for about 6 minutes until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Add the vodka, stir, and pour into prepared lemon halves. It will fill 4 to 6 halves. Chill thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Mojito

12 mint leaves, plus small mint leaves for garnish
5 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 package Knox gelatin
3 ounces light rum
3 ounces club soda (or still water)

Reserve your smallest mint leaves for garnish then combine 12 mint leaves and the sugar in a small saucepan. Muddle the mine and sugar with a wooden spoon or a muddler if you’re lucky enough to own one. Add water and freshly squeezed lime juice. Sprinkle a package of gelatin over the top and let it bloom for a minute or so. Heat over low, stirring until the gelatin has dissolved, about six minutes. Strain to catch the mint leaves, if some smaller mint bits remain that’s just fine. Add the light rum and club soda and pour into prepared lime halves, the tops of the mixture will have small bubbles. It will fill 4 to 6 limes halves. Allow to chill thoroughly, overnight if possible. After slicing garnish each one with a small mint leaf.