Pink Lemonade Jello Shots Recipe

The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Blooming and Refrigeration Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 24 wedges
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
186 Calories
1g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 100mg 498%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 395mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Jello shots are incredibly popular and lots of fun, provided they don't get into the wrong (under-21) hands. There are a zillion possible ways to combine jello, juice, food coloring, and alcohol; some are basic while others take real skill.

One of the few downsides of jello shots is that most of the time, they're served in cups—without spoons. This makes it very tough to enjoy your shot gracefully. One way to get around that problem is to serve the shots in something a little easier to shoot the jello from. In the summer, it's a lot of fun to use fresh fruit as a mold for jello shots, making it easy and fun to consume.

Using lemon wedges as a mold, these four-ingredient jello shots are impossibly easy and super impressive for potlucks and parties. Make sure to chill these for a minimum of four hours (though overnight is ideal), as they will be much easier to cut and hold their shape.


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“I giggled at how absolutely adorable these are. I used organic low calorie lemonade because the color was brighter than the regular. Absolutely use the pink food color because then pink will be even more vibrant. The vodka delivers, so go easy.” —Mary Jo Romano

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  • 6 whole medium to large lemons

  • 1 cup pink lemonade

  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 2 drops pink food coloring, more if desired, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the lemons in half. Using a paring knife and spoon, carefully hollow out the insides (reserve for another use). Place the lemon halves cut side up in a muffin tin.

  2. Add the lemonade to a small pot. Sprinkle the gelatin over the lemonade. Allow the gelatin to bloom, undisturbed, 2 to 5 minutes. You’ll see a ripply film form on the top of the liquid.

  3. Place the mixture on low heat. Continually whisk until the gelatin evenly dissolves, 2 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to let the mixture come to a boil.

  4. Remove from heat and let cool, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vodka. At this point, you can also add a few drops of pink food coloring to get a deeper pink color, if desired.

  5. Pour the mixture evenly into lemon halves. Depending on the size of the lemon cups, you may have some mixture leftover.

  6. Refrigerate until set, about 3 to 4 hours.

  7. Carefully cut the lemons into wedges and serve.


  • For an especially beautiful platter, use a variety of citrus fruits including limes and oranges along with your lemons. If you like, it's easy to use green and orange food coloring to create a rainbow of fruity shots.
  • The longer the gelatin is left to bloom, the easier it will dissolve when heated.


  • Experiment with different flavors of vodka. Many of the fruitier flavors go well with lemonade and can create a unique "signature" shot.

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