Summer is here! Yes, we are still a few weeks away from the stifling heat-but with Memorial Day over thoughts of beaches, bbqs, frozen cocktails are still in our minds. So to continue celebrating the summer season early, here are a couple innovative shot recipes that will keep you feeling refreshed this weekend.
12 whole lemons
1 cup pink lemonade
2 packages plain gelatin
1 cup vodka
Cut the lemons in half. Scoop out the insides.
Add the lemonade to a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes
Heat the lemonade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the vodka. Pour into the lemon halves
Refridgerate until set, about 4 hours
Cut the lemons into half and serve
1 cup of boiling water
1 package of strawberry-flavored gelatin
1 cup of chopped fresh or frozen thawed strawberries
1/2 cup of vodka
5 limes,halved, pulp scooped out
1 tsp of black sesame seeds or poppy seeds
In a bowl, add the boiling water to the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Transfer the gelatin to a blender. Add the strawberries and cold water and blend until liquefied. Refrigerate until thickened (approximately 1½ hours).
Skim off any foam that has risen to the top of the gelatin mixture and stir to evenly distribute the strawberry puree. Spoon into the lime rind halves. Refrigerate until firm (approximately 3 hours).
Carefully halve the gelatin-filled lime rinds again. Sprinkle with the seeds and serve.
1 1/3 cup grapefruit soda (I used Izzy’s sparkling juice)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tsp sugar
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
2/3 cup tequila
Fresh grapefruit segments for garnish, if desired
Pour soda, lime juice and sugar into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.
Mixture may be foamy initially, but this will dissipate. Remove from heat.
Stir in the tequila. Pour mixture into loaf pan.
Place in refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).