Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

I‘m somebody’s mother; I’m not supposed to do Jello shots. I’m somebody’s mother, so I go to bed at 10 o’clock every night and wear sensible shoes and never dance in fountains anymore. These are the rules of adulthood that are occasionally meant to be broken. Spending time with college friends is one of the best excuses there is to resume the “Whoo-hoo” behavior you mostly eschewed in your youth. I was more of a whiskey in a goblet girl, but nothing says Summer and silly, reckless abandon quite like jellified alcohol. I recommend trying lemon meringue Jello shots as soon as you possibly can. What time do you get off work? What are you doing right now? They are prettier than a faceted topaz and twice as intoxicating. And totally easy to make. Here’s how:

Lemon Meringue Jello Shots


  • 1 3 oz package lemon Jello
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream-flavored vodka
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 6 lemons


Prepare Jello according to package directions, replacing cold water with vodka. Cut each lemon in half lengthwise. Use a paring knife to carefully trace around the white perimeter and remove the fruit without puncturing the peel. Use a muffin tin to stabilize the halves, then fill to the brim with liquid Jello. Let set overnight in the refrigerator. Slice into wedges (thirds) with a sharp knife, cut side down. Serve with plenty of snacks and a designated driver!

Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road.


  1. These are so delicious and the presentation can’t be beat! Thinking a “key lime pie” version would be wonderful too…

  2. Just FYI, Don’t know if you are familiar with the site “TasteSpotting”, but one of your pictures from this delicious looking post made it’s way to their front page this morning.

  3. These look amazing! I wonder if cold water can be replaced with a clear soda such as 7up, sprite, or even sierra mist? What kind of results? Has anyone tried this for a kid friendly version?

  4. After i made the first batch using this recipe, i thought, why not use my homemade limoncello instead of vodka. YUM.

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