With Memorial Day coming up, I thought I would share one of my favorite “drinks” to have at a summer party. I have made a few versions of these over the years and it’s a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. Change it up by pairing orange Jell-O with an orange with orange liqueur or use lemons! You can do whatever you want to with this! Prepare them ahead and pull them out when guests arrive and they will be so impressed! I haven’t tried the strawberry margarita version yet but they are on my list of treats to make this weekend.
24-30 large strawberries
1 box Strawberry Jell-O
1 cup tequila
3/4 cup cointreau
A melon baller or small measuring spoon with relatively sharp edges
Balancing the strawberry on its side, parallel to the cutting board at the point where it is widest, cut off the top.
Still holding it the same way, cut off a tiny part of the strawberry’s bottom tip so the berry can stand upright. Make sure not to cut off too much or you’ll create a hole at the bottom. Repeat with all remaining strawberries.
Using a melon baller or small measuring spoon, carefully scoop out the insides of the strawberries.
Put them all on a baking sheet and dry them a little with a paper towel.
Combine Jell-O mix with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve.
Stir tequila and cointreau into the Jell-O mixture.
Using a container with a spout, pour Jell-O/booze mixture into strawberry cups. Fill them up as much as possible, because Jell-O shrinks when it solidifies.
Refrigerate four hours or until firm.
Zest lime into a plate of sugar.
Slice lime (you can use the same one if you don’t care about the aesthetics, or a new one if you do) into thin rounds, then cut into small wedges. You may also want to cut a small chunk through the center of each wedge’s flesh so they can balance on the tip of the strawberry.
Wet the sides of the solidified Jell-O shot with lime or water, roll in your sugar-lime zest, and garnish with lime wedge.
1 box of lime Jell-O
Limes (as many as you would like)
Your choice of liquor (Absolut Citron for a crisp and citrus flavor or Tequila for a quick interpretation of a “margarita” shot)
Cut the limes in half lengthwise and clear out the insides.
Prepare the Jell-O according to the instructions on the box. Reduce the water portion by ¼ cup and replace with your alcohol of choice.
You want to make sure that your limes are set onto a surface that will keep them up right.Try using a muffin pan.
Pour your Jell-O mix into the lime shells and then place them into the refrigerator to set over night or for however long the Jell-O box instructs.
When they are ready, cut each lime in half to make the perfect bight sized lime Jell-O shot!
*Photos: Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed (strawberry) and Frock Candy Blog (lime)