Giving up animal products doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun, even the alcoholic kind. Most hard liquor is vegan and any gluten is removed during the distilling process. However, jello shots are typically made with gelatin, which is an odorless, transparent, animal-derived product. It isn’t vegan or vegetarian since it made from the skin, ligaments, and bones of animals.
This is where agar agar, comes in. Unlike gelatin, this is a purely plant-based substance that is derived from algae. The consistency of agar agar is not the same as gelatin. It sets faster and is slightly tougher. But, once you get the hang of preparing this, you’ll never feel the need to go back to gelatin.
This recipe for vegan lemon drop jello shots is simple to follow, gluten-free, and made with healthy plant-based ingredients. These shots can be made without gelatin and contain agave syrup which is a great substitute to sugar. Agave syrup pairs well with the lemon juice and has a lower glycemic index, making it a much healthier option.
If you’d like to make other flavors, simple replace with other flavored vodkas or with other citrus fruits.
These jello shots can be whipped up in a jiffy to serve at parties or simply as a treat to yourself. Opt for juicy organic lemons with thin skins for the best results.
Vegan Lemon Drop Jello Shots
- 1 cup lemon juice (Keep the rinds of 4 lemons)
- 1 cup vodka (preferably lemon-flavored)
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp. agar agar flakes or powder
Wash the lemons and cut them into halves. Juice them and reserve any extra juice for another use. You can also make more shots by adjusting the quantities in the recipe.
Carefully remove the inside of the lemon, including the flesh and pith. You should be left with just the rind. Rinse under cold water to get any remaining bits out.
You’ll need to keep the rinds upright in the refrigerator. Mini muffin tins work well. Place the rinds in the moulds and secure with aluminium foil.
To make the jello shots, simmer the lemon juice, agave syrup, and vodka in a saucepan. As soon as it starts to boil, slowly mix in the agar agar flakes or powder. Stir continuously to avoid lumps and cook for a further 2 minutes. The mixture will stay thin and runny.
Pour this into the lemon halves and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until set.
Once set, you can slice the lemons into quarters and serve. Enjoy responsibly!