Two years ago we made these to add some zest to the birthday party of one of the coolest people we know in Dubai, Sueraya Shaheen. We had planned on baking her a cake, but thought that this would be a kitchsy way to celebrate her birthday, one that she would appreciate as an artist herself as would her guests from the progressive art scene in the Middle East. Needless to say, it was a blast.
Jello immediately throws everyone back to a much-loved childhood treat. Spiked jello in the form of shots conjure an almost necessary right of passage into adulthood for many. Elevating the presentation as we did by using the actual lemon rinds, makes it actually posh to do it again way past age 21.
We have so many of these posts that we prepared, executed and shot that got lined up in a long cue to make it to the blog, but the good thing is that great ideas are timeless. And this is certainly one of them!
It may seem pretty intricate but we can assure you that this is a very simply treat to make, it just has a complicated-looking presentation. That simply means that you get to do something that is ridiculously easy to execute, but which is so impressive to look at that it will certainly wow your guests.
2 packs jello
boiling water (as indicated by instructions on jello box)
1 to 1 1/22 cup vodka or gin
1 dozen lemons halved lengthwise
Zest of two lemonsUseful tools:
grapefruit knife (to core pulp from lemon leaving pith and rind)
24-slot muffin pad to hold lemon halves while jello sets
really sharp chefs knifeMethod:
Remove pulp from lemons with grapefruit knife and or a spoon.
Make jello according to instructions
Add lemon zest
Allow to cool slightly (keep mixing with a whisk) then add alcohol
Place lemon halves in slots of muffin tin
Pour extra liquid into shot glasses
Chill until set
Slice in half to serve
Consume and be merry.
CHEF’S NOTE: You may replace 2 tablespoons of water in the recipe with the equivalent measurement of fresh lemon juice to add extra zing to the recipe. In fact, we much prefer it that way. If you want to add copious amounts of alcohol, you may need to add about 2g of agar agar to make sure they set properly.