Bachelorette Approved: Raspberry Lemonade Jello Shots

Happy Hump Day! I think I can finally say I'm recovered from the weekend festivities (yes, it took that long). This past weekend I went down to Charlottesville, VA to celebrate my friend's bachelorette party. It was an amazingly fun weekend filled with everything that makes a great bachelorette party: matching shirts, temporary tattoos, a lot of eating, and, of course, loads and loads of wine.

I knew I wanted to contribute something fun and different for the weekend so (in addition to bringing the Fireball of course) I decided to make jello shots. They couldn't have been just plain jello shots for such a special occasion so I decided to make these raspberry lemonade jello shots.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

6 Lemons
1 cup raspberry lemonade (I used Simply Orange brand, but feel free to use any other type of lemonade)
2 packages plain gelatin
1 cup vodka (I used citrus flavored because it was what I had, but a raspberry flavor would be a better option in my opinion)
Red food coloring (Optional)
Sugar

DIRECTIONS

Cut the lemons in half longways.

Scoop out the insides of the lemons. You can use a small paring knife to get started and then a spoon to scoop out the rest. This was the hardest (and messiest) part of the process.

I saved my lemon guts in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer so I could make a sorbet or lemonade another day. I hate waste!

Add the lemonade to a saucepan and add the two packages of gelatin.

Stir the mixture over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the gelatin has completely dissolved.

Turn the heat off and add the vodka. The vodka will dilute the color of the mixture, so add one drop of red food coloring to get the hot pink color back.

Pour the mixture into the lemon halves. To limit the mess, put the halves in a muffin/cupcake tin to prevent them from rolling around while you pour. In case you over pour, the tin will also keep any liquid from getting all over your counter.

Careful with your pouring!

Careful with your pouring!

Try to pour the liquid as close to the top as possible

Try to pour the liquid as close to the top as possible

Refrigerate until they solidify.

Solid!

Solid!

Depending on how big you want the shots (I prefer smaller jello shots), cut the lemons in half or in thirds.

Before serving, sprinkle some sugar on top of each jello shot in order to cut some of the tartness from the rind. The more they sit, the more tart they will be.

In total, I made about 36 jello shots. They were a real hit this weekend! What are some other fun bachelorette ideas you've tried!?