May 5, 2011

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

          It's Cinco de Mayo, and what could be a more perfect treat to eat today than these Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots?!? Hmm, I can't think of any!! Serving jello shots inside of strawberries is an absolutely brilliant idea. Rather than looking like a fool trying to suck the jello out of a teeny tiny cup, you can just eat the whole thing! I wish I could say I came up with this marvelous idea, but I must give credit where credit is due. I first came across this idea a couple of months ago on Bakers Royale. As always I revised the recipe to better suit my tastes. It is best to make these the night before your event. Here is how to make these lovelies:


Ingredients:

  • 30 strawberries, cut and hulled
  • a small box of strawberry flavor Jell-o (make sure to use Jell-o brand, not a generic brand) 
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 oz tequila, preferably a white brand
  • 2 oz Cointreau (I actually substituted Trader Joe's Margarita Mix here since I didn't have any Cointreau)
  • sliced lime
  • sugar or salt for he rim (I used sugar, I like my sweets!)
Directions:
  1. Cut the bottom of the strawberry just enough so it can stand up straight. Make sure you don't cut too far up or else you will create a hole in the bottom of the strawberry, and the jello will seep out.
  2. Cut the top of the strawberry straight across, and then hull out the inside using a huller or melon baller. Try not to scoop too far down or you will hit the bottom and again create a hole for the jello to seep out.
  3. Add the boiling water to the jello packet and stir for 2 minutes to allow sugar to dissolve.
  4. Shake the Cointreau and tequila with ice then add the cold water.
  5. Add the cold mixture to the hot mixture and stir well.
  6. Using a funnel, slowly pour the jello into the hulled strawberries. Fill all the way to the top. 
  7. Refrigerate the strawberries overnight.
  8. Before serving, rim the top of the strawberry with salt or sugar. You can do this by dipping your finger in water and then lining the top edge of the strawberry. Roll the top of the strawberry lightly in the salt or sugar.
  9. Top with a slice of lime, and enjoy!
  10. These shots do contain alcohol so don't forget to drink responsibly :)  

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