Cosmopolitan Lime Slice Jello Shots – VEGAN!

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Happy Sunday, everyone!  I just returned home from a lovely bachelorette weekend in Asheville celebrating my friend, Katie, the soon to be bride.  In honor of the occasion, I decided it was high time I gave this vegan jello shot thing a try.

Jello shots are arguably the most perfect party treat.  Tasty and boozy, but not too strong, these babies will have even your most conservative guests calling out, “Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots!” (Singing to the tune of LMFAO, of course)

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The first step is to remove the pulpy flesh part of the limes.  This is a tedious task, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad.  Begin by cutting the lime in half and squeezing out as much juice as possible.  You’ll need a quarter cup for this recipe, but you’re probably going to end up with way more than that, which means that this is the perfect opportunity to also try a Mexican Martini.

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The trick is to peel large pieces of the flesh out by starting at the corners of the lime.  It helps if you flip the lime inside out, too, and it especially helps if you have an assistant like my fabulous sister-in-law, Caroline!

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Once you’ve got your limes ready, balance them on a mini cupcake pan so that they form little cups and make the vegan cosmopolitan jello using cranberry juice, lime juice, agave, vodka, cointreau, and agar powder.  Unlike a typical jello shot, these are made with fruit juices and agave instead of lots of refined sugar.  The agar powder is the vegan substitute for the gelatin.

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When your jello mixture is ready, pour it into the lime halves, filling them all the way to the top.  At this point, your jello mixture will be completely liquid, don’t worry, it will solidify in the fridge.

Cosmopolitan Lime Slice Jello Shots - VEGAN! | MORE. A Vegan Food BlogIt took about two hours for the jello to set completely.  A sharp serrated knife will work best for cutting the jello shots into quarters and your final product will be a total show stopper!

Vegan Lime Slice Jello Shots
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Cosmopolitan inspired vegan jello shots served in lime wedges.
  • 10-12 limes
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (strained to remove pulp)
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup cointreau
  • 1¼ tsp. agar powder
  1. Make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature.
  2. Slice your limes in half long ways and squeeze out lime juice. Save ¼ cup of lime juice for this recipe.
  3. Flip the lime inside out. Starting at one end, use your finger or a spoon to peel the flesh of the lime away from the rind. After most of the flesh is removed, scrape out the inside with a spoon to remove any remaining pulp.
  4. Flip the lime half back to its original shape and balance open side up on a mini cupcake pan.
  5. Whisk together the cranberry juice, agave and lime juice in a small pot.
  6. Sprinkle the agar powder on top and allow it to soak in for 5 minutes.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 3 minutes until the agar powder is completely dissolved.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in the vodka and cointreau.
  9. Pour the jello mixture into each lime half. You'll want them filled as close to the top as possible without overflowing.
  10. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to set for about 2 hours.
  11. Once set, cut each lime half in half again. To do this, place the limes jello side down and use a sharp serrated knife to cut through the rind. If your jello shot comes out of the lime, it needs more time in the fridge.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
*If you're not up for all the prep work with the limes, just make these the old fashioned way by using dixie cups with the top inch cut off.



  1. Caroline Kennard says

    These turned out GREAT! Better than the non-vegan version in EVERY way! Thanks for bringing them to the weekend!

  2. anya says

    when you mix in the vodka, should the mixture be hot?
    also when you pour the vodka into the cups, does the mixture have to be hot or cold?
    sorry this is quite late since you posted this a white ago, but i just came across it :)

    • Elisabeth says

      The vodka should be room temp when you add it. THe mixture itself should still be hot. Once you put it in the fridge and the whole mixture cools, the jello shots will start to solidify. Does that help? Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

      • Elisabeth says

        Okay. Let me clarify a little further. You want your mixture to be hot. The reason I recommend keeping the liquors at room temp rather than cold (like from the refrigerator) is that unlike regular jello, agar will actually start to set at room temp. So, if your mixture were to cool to room temp before you poured it into your cups, you would run into trouble. Basically, you want your mixture hot or at least warmer than room temp until you pour it into your containers.

  3. Zoe says

    I was so excited to make these. Unfortunately they were a complete failure.
    They hadn’t set up after three hours in the fridge, so I left them overnight, and they still fall right out of the lime peel when I flip them over to slice them from the back. I had only marginally better success slicing them from the top, but the agar mixture was still really soft, not at all clear and firm like the pictures look. It’s like they didn’t really set at all.

    What I could have done wrong (?):
    I made my own cranberry juice (far less sugar)
    I allowed the simmered mix to cool slightly in a cool water bath (to preserve the alcohol), but it was still hot when I poured it into the peels.

    I may just try adding more agar powder. I remember using it in microbiology and our discs never had slimy agar mix.

    • Elisabeth says

      Oh no! So sorry to hear they didn’t firm up. I would also try adding more powder, but I can’t really identify why they didn’t turn out. You did use agar powder, not flakes, right?

      I hope you are able to fix them. Good luck!

      • Zoe says

        I did use agar powder. I’m going to try a different bag next time to see if maybe the batch I used was bad.
        Definitely going to try again!

  4. Melissa Johnson says

    Can the Agar flakes be used? Would you just use more?? Or did I just buy this stuff for nothing! :( Smh -_- I can’t get agar powder in my town!!

    • Elisabeth says

      Hi Melissa, I’ve never tried it myself, but my research indicates that you can substitute agar flakes for agar powder. 1 tsp agar powder = 1 tbsp agar flakes. Let me know how it goes!!


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