'Watermelon' Vodka Jellies

Next time you're told to BYOB, try these.

I'm sorry about the picture quality, these little spiked gems weren't easy to photograph, and I don't have a fancy DSLR!

I made these to take to a barbecue and they were a hit (thanks guys!) so I thought I'd share them with you.
I found the recipe in Lorraine Pascale's 'Fast, Fresh and Easy' cookbook*, but there's a copy online here.

I made half of what the recipe calls for as 60 seemed like an awful lot for a small get together.

5 limes
4 sheets of gelatin
67.5g strawberry jelly (half a block)
100ml hot water
100ml vodka
1 passion fruit
1tsp caster sugar

I had excess jelly as I only used 5 limes, but it was pretty delicious on it's own anyway.

First and foremost you need to slice your limes in half lengthways, then remove all of the pulp. Yes, it's a hassle, but the more precise you are the better. I got a bit lazy so mine were a tad messy.

When that's done, pop the kettle on and place your gelatin sheets in some cold water to soften.

After about five minutes, put the strawberry jelly, hot water, vodka and gelatin sheets in a jug. Stir the mixture after a minute or so, and add the sugar to sweeten.

To make the next part easier, place your limes in a cupcake/muffin tin so they don't tip over.
Pour the mixture into each lime; filling them to the brim.

Either put them in the freezer for 25 minutes or the fridge for 50, but be careful with the freezer as obviously they will freeze if you leave them in there too long.

While they're in there, remove the seeds from your passion fruit. I found it easiest to take a few seeds at a time and rub them between two sheets of kitchen roll to remove the pulp.

After 10 minutes in the freezer or about 20 in the fridge, push your seeds into your little 'watermelons'. The recipe said to do this halfway through, but I found that mine were too solid so I made dents in the jelly (oops). If this happens to you, pour a little of the excess jelly mixture over the top to smooth the texture out.

Put them back in the fridge to set. When they're done, cut them in half with a non-serrated knife (this is important!) et voila!

Lorraine's cookbook also has a recipe for limoncello shots, but I also think it would work with oranges and vodka. Of course, you could replace the vodka with 100ml water to make them non-alcoholic.

I think these may become a bit of a staple. They taste so much better than normal shots and they look impressive, even though they're relatively simple.

*All credit for the original recipe goes to Lorraine Pascale from her cookbook, 'Fast, Fresh and Easy'. I am by no means trying to pass this recipe off as my own.