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Summer Jell-O Shots

Published June 18, 2014 by jenmatteson

I recently subjected myself to a new type of torture, or what many people call exercise. Bootcamp to be more exact. Now I’m no stranger to working out, and usually before work, but I was committed to this bootcamp for two weeks – 6 AM workouts M-F, and 8 AM workouts on Saturday. Oh, and don’t forget about the strongly encouraged second workouts on all these days.

While I make it out to be hell, it was actually a lot of fun. I was searching for a new type of workout, as my typical routine had put me into plateau mode. What’s more, not only are there four wonderful bootcamp coaches pushing and supporting you throughout the two weeks, but the camaraderie in the 31 person group was extremely foreign and amazingly inspiring to me.

On the last day, we decided to do a potluck, and I offered to bring Jell-O shots. No one seemed extremely against the idea, so I went for it! The last time I made fancy Jell-O shots (watermelon mint), they turned out pretty good, although I had some trouble with the gelatin sticking to the watermelon rind. I was a bit scared I’d have that same issue this time, but I didn’t at all. They turned out so well and everyone seemed quite impressed.

Lemon Meringue Jello Shots Greyhound Jello Shots

It’s hard to pick a clear favorite here with the delicious flavors; the lemon meringue was dreamy, the Arnie Palmer was summery and refreshing, and the greyhound was perfectly tart. They are super simple, and get a lot of great compliments, so try them out at your next gathering!

Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

Lemon Meringue/Arnie Palmer Jell-O Shots

Source: Adapted from E is for Eat
Servings: Makes 24-40 shots

Ingredients:

6-10 lemons (depending on size)
1-3 oz package of lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup whipped cream flavored vodka (for lemon meringue) or iced tea flavored vodka (for Arnie Palmer

Directions:

1. Cut each lemon in half, lengthwise (so pretty much the opposite of how you would if you were regularly juicing a lemon), and juice them carefully without tearing the peel. Save juice for another use (freezing in ice cube trays works great!).

2. Hollow out each half, again being cautious not to puncture the peel. I used a grapefruit knife to loosen the edges and was able to pull the inside segments out easily. Place halves in muffin pan to help keep them balanced while setting.

3. Make Jell-O according to package directions, except in place of the cold water, substitute your vodka. Fill each lemon half and refrigerate until set. It’s easiest to pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup for easy pour into the peels.

4. Once set, use a sharp knife to slice into wedges and serve. Depending on size of lemon, you can get at least 2 wedges out of each half, sometimes more.

Greyhound Jello Shots

Greyhound Jell-O Shots

Source: Adapted from E is for Eat
Servings: Makes about 24 shots

Ingredients:

3-5 large grapefruits
2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup cold water

Directions:

1. Cut each grapefruit in half, and juice them carefully without tearing the peel. Strain the juice to remove any pulp or seeds.

2. Hollow out each half, again being cautious not to puncture the peel. I used a grapefruit knife to loosen the edges and was able to pull the inside segments out easily. Place halves in muffin pan to help keep them balanced while setting.

3. Pour 1 cup of the grapefruit juice into a small saucepan and sprinkle with Knox gelatin. Add 1 tbsp. of sugar (use up to 1/4 cup if you like really sweet grapefruit juice – I prefer unsweetened) and heat until gelatin and sugar have dissolved, about five minutes.

4. Pour in vodka and water and transfer to something with an easy pour spout, like a liquid measuring cup. Pour in grapefruit halves and refrigerate to set.

5. Once completely firm, cut each half, in half, and then in half again. Depending on size, you may want to cut them even smaller.

 

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Published July 2, 2013 by jenmatteson

Like my mango pineapple popsicles, these are insanely refreshing on a hot summer day.  The best part is that you know exactly what went in them, and it was pure deliciousness.  I used frozen peach slices for this recipe, but you could use fresh.  I thought for the price, it was totally worth pealed a pitted peaches.  I used fresh blueberries, but frozen would work just fine as well.

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Add a little of your favorite booze (I used vodka) and make it a party snack.  These will be sure to go like hot (cold?) potatoes!

Blueberry Peach Popsicle

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Source: Adapted from Thug Kitchen
Servings: Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen peaches
3/4 cup real fruit juice (I used apple), divided
3/4 cup yogurt (I used Light and Fit Vanilla, but use what you like), divided
2 tsp lemon juice, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup vodka, divided (optional)

Directions:

1. In a blender, combine peaches, 1/2 cup fruit juice, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup vodka.  Blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl and rinse blender.

2. In the blender, combine blueberries and remaining fruit juice, yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla and vodka.  Blend until smooth.

3. Layer peach and blueberry mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least 8 hours.

Mango Pineapple Popsicles

Published July 2, 2013 by jenmatteson

It is truly finally summertime, which means it’s hot out there.  We had a beautiful weekend, and spent all of Sunday outside staining the railings of our new deck.  It’ll take a few weekends of staining, but it’s almost completely done.  The problem has been waiting until we had a dry span of days to do it, as we’ve had a slew of not just rain, but severe storms.  But alas, I think we’ve earned the right to get some gorgeous days and warm weather.

Making the mix

I made these popsicles last week and was really looking forward to eating them on a hot day.  We definitely worked hard, so they were a nice and refreshing treat to take a break with. Better yet, they are slightly boozy!  I hesitated to put too much vodka in them because I wanted to be sure they froze, but next time, I think I’ll be adding just a skosh more.

Mango Pineapple Popsicle

The great thing about these popsicles is that you know exactly what went into them, and it’s not some weird cousin of sugar that you can’t quite pronounce.  I went to the store the very morning I saw this recipe posted on Thug Kitchen.  I actually got ingredients to make both the mango pineapple popsicles and the blueberry peach popsicles.  After already adding the vodka, I thought that coconut rum would have been a better addition in these.  Oh well, next time.

But wait, I sort of had that opportunity!  I didn’t have enough popsicle molds to use up all the mix and I had about 1 cup left.  Nate was planning to make us daiquiris for dessert on Sunday, so instead of using a mix, we just used the leftover popsicle mix, added a few more pineapple slices, Malibu rum, and ice.  Hit blend on the Ninja for a few seconds, and you have yourself a lovely pineapple daiquiri.  There’s no end to our creativity!

Mango Pineapple Daiquiri

Bartender behind the daquiris

The popsicles would be a super fun treat to serve your friends after they’ve helped you do some horrid job that only your good friends (or family) would volunteer to help with.  I suppose they’d be good for a summer party, too, but make sure your guests work for them.  They’re worth it!

Mango Pineapple Popsicle

Mango Pineapple Popsicles

Source: Adapted from Thug Kitchen
Servings: Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

2 ripe mangos, skinned and cut into chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup yogurt (I used Light and Fit Vanilla, but you can use your favorite)
2 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2  cup vodka or rum (optional)

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  Taste and adjust any ingredients as desired.

2. Pour mixture into your molds and let freeze until solid, at least 8 hours.  As stated on Thug Kitchen, don’t give up if you don’t have popsicle molds.  You can use paper cups and popsicle sticks, or even fill up your ice-cube tray and use toothpicks.  You might need to freeze for an hour or so before putting in the popsicle sticks or toothpicks so they stand up straight.  If you have leftover mix, feel free to blend yourself up a daiquiri!

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