Now I know what you are thinking...well if you don't like to drink, then why are you doing making jello shots? :o) DUH, look at how cool they look! Who wouldn't make those!! Actually, an intern at my work recently turned 21. We have become good friends, and she just happens to live in Virginia close to my family. This happens to be her second internship, and I knew coming into this summer that her 21st birthday was coming up and I wanted to do something extra special for her. (Wait till you see the dessert I made her!) I saw this recipe on Tastespotting and knew it would be perfect for her birthday celebration!
My friend had her family coming into town to help celebrate the big day. We had planned a big dinner out. I actually brought these into the restaurant and carefully passed them out to everyone. THEY WERE A HUGE HIT!! I really wished I had made more. I used Tequila instead of Vodka (I am not a fan of Vodka and had Tequila at the house leftover from a previous party) but I wasn't sure how I would like it. I actually liked it better than any other Jello Shot I have tried before.
So to make these you need 2 oranges. Cut your oranges in half. Then you have to hollow out your oranges. I used a grapefruit spoon to help me do this. Make sure you get all the orange out. This is what your orange halves should look like.
Then make your Jello mixture:
Orange Slice Jello Shots
(adapted from Duo Dishes)
3 ounces orange Jello
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (I may have used a little less, because I added more tequila)
1/3 - 1/2 cup tequila
Set orange halves tightly in a container just big enough to fit all four. (I used an 8x8 inch glass baking dish and put four custard cups in the dish to hold each orange half up)
Whisk together Jello, water, juice and tequila until combined.
Pour into orange halves and carefully transfer the container to the fridge. Let set at least four hours or overnight.
Slice into thirds or fourths and serve. It was really tricky to cut the orange halves, so be careful. I tried a couple different knives and ended up using a bread knife. It seemed to work best for me.
Now I don't know how potent these were (I only had one), but the birthday girl left that night one happy chica! :o) You could certainly adjust the recipe around to add more alcohol. Just be careful, they are REALLY tasty!
**I was talking to someone at work about making these and mentioned that I was using Tequila. She said, oh too bad you aren't using limes! I was mad I hadn't thought about that! Silly me...guess I just have to make them again! I think I will try limes for sure next time and sprinkle kosher salt on top! Doesn't that sound yummy!?!?