Have you ever opened a carton of strawberries and see a few that look like they drank the ooze from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies? You know, the giant ones that look like they were trying to grow a face and legs, but were cut from the vine before they had a chance? I usually pass them along to someone else because I’m afraid of what kind of extra appendages I will grow if I ate them, but today is a different story. I’m making them into strawberry lemonade Jello shots! The more mutant the strawberry, the better.

In case you’re wondering, here’s the deal with strawberry Jello shots. Basically, you hollow out the middle of as many Quasi Moto strawberries as you can get your hands on, fill them with spiked Jello, garnish them like a real drink, then go to town! These little guys are dangerously delicious. If you don’t like the taste of alcohol, they are perfect for you. They just taste like a little berry treat. But as you probably guessed, they can be a tiny bit tricky and labor intensive, so here are some hints to make things go smoothly:

Cut Carefully

There is a fine line between a beautifully hollowed strawberry and Jello shot disaster. You want to hollow out as much of the strawberry flesh as you can to make way for the spiked Jello goodness, but nobody wants holes in their tiny berry shot glass. If you notice that some of the strawberries are leaking liquid after they have been filled, don’t worry. Simply let them chill for about 10 minutes and try again. Keep doing this until the gelatin inside the strawberry firms and patches the hole. 

Pick the Right Filling Vessel

It will make your experience a whole lot easier if you carefully choose what you will pour your gelatine mixture out of when filling the strawberries. Try something small with a spout. The more controlled, the better, even if you have to refill your vessel of choice a few times. I used a clean bottle that used to be filled with truffle oil and it worked great! 

How to Cut Tiny Lemon Wedges

These little critters can be tricky, so give this a try. Cut the lemon in half along the equator. Place the lemon, cut side down, on your board and cut into 8 wedges. You should end up with 16 wedges per lemon (8 per side). I know it sounds confusing, but trust me, it’s a cinch once you get the idea.

There you have it. If you’re ready to impress at your next party or if you’re looking to just treat yourself, make some delicious strawberry-lemonade Jello shots!

Strawberry Lemonade Jello Shots
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
For the Jello Shots
  1. 25-35 large fresh strawberries
  2. 1 small (3.4-ounce) package lemon flavored gelatin
  3. 1 cup boiling water
  4. 1/2 cup cold vodka
  5. 1/2 cup cold water
For Garnish
  1. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  3. 3 lemons, cut into tiny wedges
For the Strawberries
  1. Using a small knife, small melon baller, or small measuring spoon with sharp edges, scoop out the center of the strawberries, removing the green tops as well.
  2. Be sure not to carve to the bottom too much or you will end up with a hole in the bottom of your strawberry shots.
  3. Carefully cut the bottoms off so that the strawberry can stand evenly on its own.
  4. Using a paper towel, gently dry the inside of the strawberries.
  5. Stand the strawberries up on a baking sheet so that they are ready to fill.
Make That Jello
  1. In a medium bowl or small pitcher, stir together the boiling water and gelatin until completely dissolved.
  2. Add the cold vodka and water, then stir once again to combine.
  3. Carefully pour the gelatin mixture into the hollowed-out strawberries, then carefully transfer to your refrigerator and allow to chill until the gelatin becomes firm, about 1 hour.
  4. While your shots are chilling, stir together the sugar and lemon zest on a small plate to prepare for garnishing.
Time to Garnish
  1. Using one of the tiny wedges, squeeze to produce a little juice, then rub the top edge of each strawberry with a little lemon juice like you would if you were going to line a glass to make a margarita.
  2. Carefully roll the top edge of the strawberries in the lemon zest-sugar you prepared, being sure not to get the sugar on the jello.
  3. Top each shot off with a lemon wedge and the party is on!
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Since I was a little girl, I've been all about food. As a 7 year old, my first half-baked attempt at chocolate cake was comprised of scrambled eggs and chocolate milk powder microwaved, then topped off with Red Hots. I've come a long way since then. I've been lucky enough to get to work in restaurants for 10 years and graduate from one of the best culinary schools in the country. At the moment I'm enjoying working with a killer food photographer while doing freelance food styling and writing. I'm always excited thinking about what my next culinary adventure will bring. Who knows, maybe I'll revisit that chocolate cake with Red Hots.
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