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Orange Slice Jello Shots

Most people dread Wednesday as Hump Day, the Middle of the Week, halfway to the weekend. Not here at Savory Reviews, Wednesday is the day where we get drunk. Yep, Cocktail day.  This week we explored the world of Jello Shots. A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jeff (the hand model in the taco posts) told me about jello shots that used orange peel as the cup.  I was intrigued so I decided to try it out.  Instead of a shot glass or paper cup we are going to be using a hollowed out Orange. That way you can get every little ounce of alcohol out of the shot. I hate paper cups as the jello always sticks to it and you can’t get the full shot.  Here is my solution.  What can I say, I am here to help.

Orange Jello Shots

Orange Jello Shots

As you can see the Jello solidified perfectly and the orange wedges held their form perfectly.

Orange Slice Jello Shots

  • 3 large oranges
  • 1 large box of Orange Jello (6oz)
  • 1 cup orange vodka
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Boil 1 cup of water.  This takes time and the prep work for everything else should take about the same.

Next cut the orange in half lengthwise.

I used navel oranges as that is all that I could find this time of year.  Make sure cut them lengthwise through the stem.

I used navel oranges as that is all that I could find this time of year. Make sure cut them lengthwise through the stem. Otherwise they might leak.

Now using a spoon scoop out the pulp right down to the white pith.  Scoop the pulp into a bowl as we will need to reserve 1/2 cup of the orange juice.  When scooping out, make sure not to slip and push the spoon all the way through the rind.

Cleared out and ready for some alcoholic jello

Cleared out and ready for some alcoholic jello

Using a strainer to catch the pulp, squeeze the pulp over a measuring cup to get 1/2 cup of fresh juice.  Pour the juice into a medium sized bowl.

Next add the cup of vodka and the half cup of cold water to the bowl.  Mix.

I utilized Absolut Mandrin, as it was the cheapest vodka at the ABC store.

I utilized Absolut Mandrin, as it was the cheapest vodka at the ABC store. These shots are full of flavor and can hide the most hideous tasting alcohol. Absolut is a fine vodka and was extremely surprised that it was the cheapest. Mainly because no other flavored vodka came in airplane bottles and I didn't want a liter of it.

Open up the jello mix and place it into a large bowl.  Then add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until the jello crystals have dissolved.  Then pour in the vodka mixture and stir.

Pour the vodka into the mix

Pour the vodka into the mix

Place the orange halves on a muffin tin to keep them upright.  Then pour the jello into each orange half.  Make sure to pour it all the way to the top.

How awesome does that look, I bet it is enough to make even Bill Cosby dizzy.

How awesome does that look, I bet it is enough to make even Bill Cosby dizzy.

Carefully place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours.

Sneak Peak into my inner sanctum that is my refrigerator.  OMG Savory Reviews has heavy whipping cream in his fridge.

Sneak Peak into my inner sanctum that is my refrigerator. OMG Savory Reviews has heavy whipping cream in his fridge.

Remove the orange halves from the fridge and cut into wedges.  Serve as is.  The perfect jello shot.

Tasty and full of alcohol.  Sounds like the perfect meal.

Tasty and full of alcohol. Sounds like the perfect meal.

Enjoy and eat responsibly!!

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  • comment avatar SaraMae September 16, 2009

    Had a bachelorette party this past weekend and we had these! They were fabulous!

    We also had these and they were really good – they're easier to get out of a silicone pan than an ice tray:….

  • comment avatar Chris September 16, 2009

    Rex, you are awesome! My wife loved this idea!

    Note to self: Party at Rex's every Wednesday.

    • comment avatar Rex September 16, 2009

      Chris, Glad you enjoyed it. If you ever make it out to DC let me know, we will have to BBQ and have a few drinks.

  • comment avatar Rex September 16, 2009

    Sara those blueberry martini jello shots sound awesome! That must have been one heck of a bachelorette party.

  • comment avatar Rex October 10, 2009

    Bionicgrrrl – Your friends sound awesome. Watermelon sized jello shots, wow!!! I might just have to make them for the pure spectacle of them. Maybe I can throw in some sugar watermelon seeds for some added texture. Hmm. You totally got me thinking.

  • comment avatar bionicgrrrl October 10, 2009

    @SaraMae – Glad you liked the recipe. Yes, a silicone mold works better, but I was lazy. I may go steal my mom’s this weekend. She has cross shaped ones!

    @Rex – I bet lemons and limes would be cute also. Or for my lush friends, a watermelon!

  • comment avatar Matt Evans December 29, 2009

    I've made these before, they're amazing, I love the muffin tray idea to keep them upright. I always just put them on a cookie sheet pan. I usually use like 15 oranges.. [I waste a lot of orange]…

    Someone needs to make reusable claspable plastic slice things to make these, and detatch them apart. Would be GENIUS!

    • comment avatar Rex December 29, 2009

      I spilled 3 of them when I made them the first time. After that I was looking for some way to keep them upright. After digging through the drawers and cupboards, I found the muffin pan worked perfectly.

      A reusable orange slice jello shot container, I like it. Any readers out there know how to manufacture silicone molds?

  • comment avatar Norah January 2, 2010

    I love the suggestion of using muffin tins – no more spilling!

  • comment avatar How To Make Jello Shots August 18, 2010

    They look good, thank you for the instruction! I’ll make them soon :)


  • comment avatar 56dustbunny December 31, 2010

    I just made these for the New Year party tonight and they came out awesome ! Easy to cut too, which surprised me, I just sharpened up my knife real good right before and all went well. i think everyone's gonna love them. Thanks for the clear tutorial :) And Happy New Year :)

  • comment avatar Vygantas April 23, 2011

    Made for Easter, awesome tasting

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  • comment avatar Desiree January 20, 2012

    I did this before even knowing abou the site, and thought hey I should try watermelons! So I was glad to see I’m not the only jello shot alcholic! 😉
    When I did the orange slice shots, I used Malibu rum, orange jello, and a splash of peach schnapps and Soju( Korean liquor) it’s super proofed without flavor so it gets ya buzzed! Anywho it was delicious!

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  • comment avatar Margaret April 2, 2012

    I just heard from someone who says the alcohol leached the sourness out of the pith of the peel, and soured the jello?

    • comment avatar savoryreviews April 2, 2012

      @Margaret, Sorry to hear that. I have never heard that and/or experienced that in the times that I have made them. Maybe the orange juice was squeezed from unripe oranges. I have no idea. How did they taste to you?

  • comment avatar Margaret April 2, 2012

    I haven't tried them. A friend of a friend said he had made them, and warned against it.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews April 3, 2012

      @Margaret – Once again, I have never heard or experienced that issue. I would say that you need to try them for yourself and see. Every time that I have served them, they were a hit. No complaints here.

    • comment avatar rach April 24, 2012

      That will happen when you use limes or lemons. The bitterness leaches into the jello, making it almost inedible.

  • comment avatar Whitney April 4, 2012

    Hello! thank you for posting this, i'm going to make these shots for my upcoming party.
    I am just wondering, do you think it would work with plain vodka? (not orange vodka)

    • comment avatar savoryreviews April 4, 2012

      @whitney – You can totally use plain vodka. I used flavored vodka to add an extra layer of flavor to the shots.

  • comment avatar I'm Loving This April 6, 2012

    I made my own orange slice jello shots!

  • comment avatar mandy April 14, 2012

    so excited making these tonight hoping they turn out right!!

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  • comment avatar Jerry April 21, 2012

    I just made my first jello shots out of oranges they look so good now I'm waiting on them too catch a chill lol

    • comment avatar savoryreviews April 23, 2012

      @Jerry and @ Mandy – you will have to let me know how they turned out.

  • comment avatar Lisa May 13, 2012

    if i wanted to make those in a kid friendly version what would i replace the vodka with?

    • comment avatar savoryreviews May 14, 2012


      Just follow the direction for jigglers on the back of the orange jello box. Just substitute cold water for the vodka.


  • comment avatar Britt October 23, 2012

    Just made some of these tonight but I doubled the recipe and used one package of orange, and one package of the new mango flavor to make orange-mango with smirnoff cake flavored vodka. Can't wait for them to set so I can taste them! 😀

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  • comment avatar kelly July 15, 2013

    if I make these tonight how long will the peel last?? Til Friday?

    • comment avatar savoryreviews July 15, 2013

      I would say that these will last about 2 days max. After that the peel starts to dry out.

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