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Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

June 10, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Get ready for a playful twist on the classic jello shot with these Lemon Drop Jello Shots featuring hidden gummy bears! It's a sweet + tangy treat that's sure to add some fun to any gathering.

Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

Get ready to add some fun to your party with these playful Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears! Bursting with zesty lemon flavor and a hint of sweetness, they're the perfect combination of tangy + sweet. With surprise gummy bears hidden inside each shot, these jello shots are sure to be a hit at your next gathering! Vegan, Alcoholic + Non-alcoholic Option.

Lemon drop shots lined together on a brown wood table with gummy bears and lemon.

Y'all let's talk about jello shots! Whether they bring back fond memories (or not-so-great ones. Haha), they're making a comeback, and I've got a fun twist for summer --- Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears. Think tangy lemon drop flavor, fresh + zesty, with a layer of playful gummy bears tucked inside each shot. If you love a citrusy drink try my Jalapeno Lemon-Lime Mocktail or Easy Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale next!

These jello shots are a summer must-try --- Whether you prefer them with or without alcohol, they're suitable for all ages, making them perfect for any occasion. Packed with flavor, they're a fun upgrade from the classic recipe. For an extra special touch, check out my Orange Thyme Ice Cubes next to jazz up all your summer drinks!

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What Are Jello Shots?

Jello shots are a playful and popular party treat made by combining Jello mix with alcohol, typically vodka, to create a fun, jiggly snack. However, I use a vodka alternative like Ritual Zero Proof to keep them alcohol-free, making them suitable for all ages. Of course, if you prefer, you can also use regular vodka for that classic boozy kick.

Lemon simple syrup being held in a pot.

Why You Will LOVE Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

  • Bursting with tangy lemon flavor + fun texture!
  • Surprise gummy bear center adds a playful twist
  • Suitable for all ages with alcohol-free option
  • Perfect for summer gatherings + parties
  • Easy to make and guaranteed to be a hit
Jello mixture in a marble bowl with a whisk.

Ingredients For Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

The ingredients are super simple and easy, yet they create a delightful treat. They're definitely sweet, but not overpowering, letting the citrus flavor shine. Think of this as "fancy" jello shots recipe—perfect for any occasion!

JELLO SHOTS:

  • Box lemon-flavored Jello mix. If you make these more than once you can always choose different flavors. Opt for a gelatin-free version for a vegan option.
  • Boiling water. This helps activate the gelatine in the jello to form its classic jiggly texture once set.
  • Lemon simple syrup. See below for how to make it.
  • Lemon. Freshly-squeezed.
  • Vodka alternative. I love using Ritual Zero Proof; You can also use regular Vodka.
  • Gummy bears. I like to use healthier ones made with Real Fruit.
Shot glasses lined up on a table with gummy bears inside.

How To Make Lemon Simple Syrup

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add together all ingredients (stirring them to combine) and bring to a boil, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 2-3 minutes or so. Remove from heat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Filtered water. This will cook down and thicken.
  • Lemon. Sliced.
  • Organic cane sugar. This will melt down to become a syrup to sweeten the jello shots.
Jello mixture being poured atop gummy bears in shot glasses.

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Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears recipe. Everything from my fave glassware, cocktail shakers, ice cube trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

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Can I Make Vegan Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears?

Absolutely! You can easily make vegan Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears by using vegan-friendly jello without gelatin and ensuring that the gummy bears you use are also vegan! I love the Candy People VegoBears!

Perfect Occasions For Lemon Drop Jello Shots

  • Summer pool parties
  • BBQs and cookouts
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Bachelorette or bachelor parties
  • Game nights with friends
  • Beach picnics
  • Music festivals + concerts
  • Camping trips
  • Bridal or baby showers
Lemon drop shots topped with gummy bears with lemons and alcohol alternative in the background.

How To Serve Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

  • Opt for classic shot glasses, whether glass or plastic, for a traditional feel.
  • Get creative by using silicone molds shaped like stars or hearts to add a playful twist to your shots.
  • For a refreshing twist, use half a lemon, scooped out and cut into lemon wedges once set, as a unique vessel for your shots!
  • Consider serving them in mini martini glasses for an elegant touch--- perfect for fancy parties.

Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears Q + A's

How to store?

Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered or sealed for 3-5 days.

How far in advance can I make these jello shots?

You can make these jello shots up to a few days in advance. Simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

Can I make these jello shots without alcohol?

Yes, absolutely! You can use a non-alcoholic alternative like Ritual Zero Proof to make these jello shots without alcohol, ensuring they're suitable for all ages.

How do I prevent the gummy bears from sinking to the bottom of the jello shots?

To prevent the gummy bears from sinking, allow the jello mixture to cool slightly before adding the gummy bears. This will help them suspend evenly throughout the shot.

Lemon drop shots on a brown wood table with gummy bears and lemons.

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If you enjoyed this Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears recipe, make sure to add these irresistible drinks to your "must-make next" list!

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Lemon drop shots on a brown wood table with gummy bears and lemons.

Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears

June 10, 2024
5 from 1 vote
Get ready to add some fun to your party with these playful Lemon Drop Jello Shots with Gummy Bears! Bursting with zesty lemon flavor and a hint of sweetness, they're the perfect combination of tangy + sweet. With surprise gummy bears hidden inside each shot, these jello shots are sure to be a hit at your next gathering! Vegan, Alcoholic + Non-alcoholic Option.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 10 ounces

Ingredients

JELLO SHOTS:

  • 1 (3 oz.) baox lemon-flavored Jello mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup lemon simple syrup
  • 1 lemon, freshly-squeezed
  • 4 oz. Vodka alternative (I love using Ritual Zero Proof; You can also use regular Vodka)
  • 1 (5 oz.) package Gummy bears (I like to use healthier ones made with Real Fruit)

LEMON SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar (See Notes)

Instructions

TO MAKE THE LEMON SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add together all ingredients (stirring them to combine) and bring to a boil, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 2-3 minutes or so. Remove from heat.

TO MAKE THE JELLO SHOTS:

  • In a bowl, add together the jello mix and boiling water, stirring until the jello mix has dissolved. Add the lemon simple syrup, lemon juice, and vodka alternative, stirring to combine. Let everything cool until at room temperature for quicker "set" time in the fridge.

ASSEMBLE + CHILL:

  • In shot-size glasses, add a few gummy bears at the bottom of each cup and pour the lemon jello mixture atop gummy bears until ¾ filled. Place filled glasses atop a small baking sheet for greater ease and add to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours. Best when chilled overnight. NOTE: the smaller the shot glasses, the more servings it'll make. For larger shot glasses, the least amount of glasses are filled.
  • When chilled completely and "set", remove the shot glasses from the refrigerator and top with additional gummy bears in each glass.
  • Scoop and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered or sealed for 3-5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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