I love making jello shots, and I am often thinking of ways to up my game and make impressive and pretty (and potent) treats. I had some limoncello in my freezer, which I thought would mix up nicely in a lemon meringue pie. But then I remembered, uh I don’t make pies, so I decided to try lemon meringue pie jello shots instead!
When I first started making jello shots (oh so many years ago) it was just all about mixing up a box of flavoured Jell-o with one cup of hot water and a cup (or more LOL) of some cheap vodka or sour puss.
Nowadays, I like to try to be a bit more sophisticated with my boozing, so I’ve experimented with various layered shots, and with different liquors, and even with liqueurs.
However, the real game changer came when I discovered unflavoured gelatin! Wowzers, my world opened up to endless flavour possibilities!
To make my lemon meringue pie jello shot become a grown up dessert, I used real tart shells! Adorable right?
The only challenge was trying to figure out how to do the meringue part of the lemon meringue pie. I couldn’t use egg whites and cook them, plus making good meringue seems too fussy and time consuming for me; I opted to use cool whip instead. The cool whip was amazing, but next time I might try a topping with instant pudding and whipping cream perhaps.
Lemon Meringue Pie Jello Shot Ingredients:
- 2 organic lemons – these gave about 1/2 cup of juice
- 2 envelopes of unflavoured gelatin
- 1/4 cup of water to mix the gelatin and 1/4 cup hot/boiling water to dissolve
- 12 ready made tart shells
- ¾ cup of Limoncello
- 4 tbsp of honey – I prefer honey to sweeten, but you could use 2-4 tbsp sugar
- Cool whip to top
I was worried that the gelatin might not set since it seemed like I was using too much liquid, but in actuality, the gelatin was a bit firm and chewy. Next time I will use 1 cup of limoncello because I think they could use a bit more of a kick anyway. 🙂 The cool whip topping and the shells will soften the tartness of the lemon.
Helpful Tip For Jello Shots:
Generally the formula for shots should be about 1 cup (or less depending on the potency) of liquor and 1 cup of non-alcoholic liquid (water, juice, milk, etc) for every 2 envelopes of gelatin powder.
My tart shells had to be cooked, so check yours and prep them according to directions, then let them cool.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into a bowl, then add the 2 envelopes of gelatin. Mix, then add 1/4 cup of boiling water to dissolve the gelatin completely. Let this bowl cool to room temperature so there is no risk of any alcohol boiling off when it gets added.
In another bowl, squeeze or add your 1/2 cup of lemon juice, the honey or sugar, and 3/4 – 1 cup of limoncello and stir well. When the gelatin is ready, add the lemony booze mixture and put it in the refrigerator for about 25-45 minutes. You will want your liquid to set a bit so it doesn’t make your shells wet and mucky. I put mine in for 25 minutes, but it was still too runny, so I kept checking on it, and after about 45 minutes it was perfect – a bit thick, but not chunky, kind of like egg whites.
The whitish stuff was the foamy bubbles that hardened when the mixture was setting. I probably stirred it a bit too vigorously, but it didn’t affect the texture or taste at all once it was set.
I had leftover jello mixture after filling the 12 shells, so plan for about 3 extra lemon meringue pie shots without the shells.
Once everything is set and you are ready to serve, get out your can or container of cool whip, and top off those pretties! I had my cool whip container in the freezer, so the blobs aren’t pretty – sorry 🙁 – but you get the idea at least.
At least they tasted delish, just like a real lemon meringue pie… but with more buzz LOL. My guests loved them too, so I’ve been dreaming up new fillings to try for our next gathering. Pumpkin pie jello shots perhaps? Or apple pie? Or even a strawberry rhubarb pie? Like I said, so many ideas!
What do you think I should try next? Will you give these lemon meringue pie jello shots a try? I’d love to hear from you if you do, just leave a comment below!