Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

My roommate recently celebrated a big birthday milestone: the “flirty 30.” She had her party at a taqueria. While she prepared for her outing, I made her these Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots in honor of the occasion. I used a lemon lime margarita mix to help flavor the JELL-O, but would like to try a strawberry margarita mix next time.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

The Makings:

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  • Strawberries – 1 pint (I used a pint since I was entertaining a super small group of folks, but there was enough JELL-O mix leftover to fill at least 2 pints of berries)
  • JELL-O (JELL-O actually sells a margarita flavor, but I wasn’t able to find it in my grocery store. I opted to use Lemon instead.)
  • Tequila – 3/4 cup
  • Margarita mix – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Lime – 1 for garnish

The Sweetness:

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

1. Trim off bottoms of strawberries so that they stand flat. Trim off stems, too.

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2. Hull out strawberries with a paring knife to create strawberry “cups” to hold JELL-O. (Be careful not to cut holes in the bottoms. A few of my berries didn’t make it through this process, but they still made delicious snacks. :))

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3. To prepare gelatin, follow instructions on JELL-O box. Boil 1 cup of water and add to gelatin mix, stirring until mix is dissolved. Swap 1 cup cold water for 3/4 cup tequila and 1/4 cup margarita mix. (You can also follow the speed-set method to prepare gelatin if you’re short on time.)

4. Use a measuring cup with spout to pour JELL-O mixture into hulled strawberries. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

5. Slice lime into tiny slivers to use as garnish.

Our group had a few of these before we went out to celebrate. The sour zing of the lime balanced out the sweetness from the berries. :)

This recipe was adapted from She’s Cookin’

More Sweetness:

Tie Dye Cupcakes  Margarita Cupcakes  Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Margarita Cupcakes

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To kickoff the month of March, I decided to host an “M-themed” Mexican dinner party, and needed an mmmm-worthy dessert. These margarita cupcakes were perfect for my fiesta.

The cake batter includes tequila, lime juice and margarita mix. The sweetness of the cream cheese frosting pairs well with the tangy-not-too-sweet batter. :) They’d definitely make for a fun addition to a St. Patrick’s Day event or a Cinco De Mayo bash.

The Makings:

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  • White Cake Mix
  • Margarita mix – 7 ounces
  • Tequila – 2 ounces
  • Lime juice – 1 ounce
  • Egg whites – 3
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Lime slices and green sprinkles for garnish

The Sweetness:

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.

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2. Mix together cake mix, egg whites and oil in a large bowl. Add in margarita mix, tequila and lime juice. Stir in lime zest and beat mixture together.

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3. Spoon batter into cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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4. Once cupcakes are cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and add green sprinkles/lime slices as garnish.

Optional: Use the leftover margarita mix, lime juice and tequila to mix up a few margaritas. ;)

Recipe adapted from Homemade by Holman.