Monday, February 03, 2014

Strawberry-Lime Margarita Jello Shots

We had a Super Bowl party at our house this year! I will post about all the food at a later time (when I have a chance) but I at least wanted to share with you the most genius new invention, discovered on Pinterest: Jello shots made inside of hollowed-out strawberries. They were delicious AND nutritious AND full of tequila.

I used lime jello because a box of unflavored gelatin was $9.00 and a box of lime jello was 89 cents. As such, I did not add as much lime juice as the recipe called for and just added some extra tequila. Seemed reasonable. I didn't put the limes on the top, even though it would have looked cute. They set up very well and were gone by the end of the night. Largely by me because they were so good! This will be a fun idea to experiment with on various occasions.

*Note: while googling to find where I got this recipe, I discovered that this is way more complicated than most people's recipes. Most people just use the tequila and some lime or lemon juice, then dip the tops in salt or sugar. Meh. Do whatever you want!


Strawberry Lime Margarita Jello Shots
She's Cookin' via Pinterest

2 pints large, fresh strawberries
2 limes, halved and thinly sliced
3/4 cup good quality tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
6 tablespoons water
1-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Pinch of salt

Cut the bottoms of the strawberry flat to get them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure that you do not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom. Use a huller, apple corer, or paring knife to carefully remove the fruit from inside the strawberry. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to pat the outside of the strawberries dry. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling.

In a medium bowl add tequila and fresh squeezed juices. Sprinkle gelatin over the top. Heat water in a microwave until boiling, add sugar and whisk a few times. Pour hot sugar water into the tequila and add Grand Marnier and a small pinch of salt.

Whisk the mixture until gelatin dissolves (about 3 minutes). If gelatin is not dissolving, heat briefly (start at 30 seconds) in the microwave, being careful not to allow mixture to boil and continue whisking. The sugar will also dissolve. Pour the mixture into a 1 cup glass measuring cup and slowly pour into the center of each strawberry. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

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