Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters

Margarita Jell-O Shooters ~ A fun farewell to summer and a festive edition to your Sunday football tailgate party or gatherings. For another Jello shooter variation like this one, check out my Lemon Drop Jello Shooters cut into the shape of lemon wedges and my Rocky Candy Shooters shaped just like the rock candy you loved as a kid.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters

As many of you know, my Lemon Drop Jell-O Shooters are my issued dish from my girlfriend who holds the annual tailgate kickoff amongst our friends. This year with Matt being in the hospital, I sent them forward to the gathering in our absence.

Now that we can finally make the next one in two weeks, she has again requested Jell-O shooters. But who wants to repeat a dish back-to-back, that’s like wearing the same dress to two functions that have the essentially the same invitees.

That being the case, I opted to try what you see here. Somewhere there is someone screaming at my blasphemous mash-up of a cocktail with Jell-o. And my response . . . stop being so uptight.  Food is fun and I love messing around with it.

Besides how cute and fun are these?

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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters

Yield: Makes 24-30 Shooters

Ingredients:

24-30 Strawberries

Margarita Mix

  • 1 box Strawberry Jell-O
  • 8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 6 ounce Cointreau
  • Salt for garnish

Directions:

Strawberry Prep:

  1. 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.
  2. Use a huller or apple corer to empty out the strawberry.
  3. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a towel to pat the outside of the strawberries dry.
  4. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling.

Margarita Mix

  1. Boil one cup of hot water in a saucepan,  then add in Jell-o powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved, about 2  minutes. Set aside.  Measure out 1/4 cup of cold water and set aside.
  2. Combine tequila and Cointreau, in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add liquour mixture to cold water and stir to combine. Then add cold liquour mixture to hot Jell-o mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Pour final Jell-o mix into strawberries and chill overnight. Dip your finger in water or use a moistened brush to wet the edge of the strawberries, dip and rotate the strawberries in salt to rim. Garnish with cut lime triangles to finish.

A few notes:

  • I will be posting the how-to picture over the weekend. Sorry, I have to process them still.
  • Use the real Jell-o mix and not a store brand, as the store brands tend not to set up as firmly.
  • Choose the freshest strawberries you can find.
  • You can use a strawberry huller or an apple corer along with a melon baller to empty out the strawberry. I used the latter method because it allowed me to dig a deeper well.
  • These are best made the night before and served the next day.
  • Fill your strawberries as high as possible, as the Jell-O will sink a bit in the middle.

Comments

  1. winelips says

    how many strawberries does this recipe wield?

    #2 of the instructions doesn’t make sense. “strain mix into jello mixture” supposedly we’ve already mixed the jello with the mixture in instruction #1. when do we pour it into the strawbeeries? after we’ve salted the rim or does the rim salthing come after the jello is set? how long do they take to set?

    very confusing.

    or perhaps there are steps missing from the post?

    it’s a shame because it’s a lovely idea

    Reply

    • Naomi replied: — September 26th, 2010 @ 4:32 am

      Hi Winelips,

      Thanks for asking, my apologies for the confusion. I have fixed the recipe with further details.

      Thanks,
      Naomi

      Reply

  2. says

    Last year my friends and I had a party and one of the themes was a crazy variety of Jell-O shots. It’s really amazing how many flavors you can infuse into them. These sound awesome and will definitely be featured at my next fiesta!

    Reply

  3. says

    Love this idea. One question: If you add the liquor to the jello while the jello is still hot—that is, without allowing it to cool to room temp—won’t a lot of the alcohol in the mixture evaporate?

    Reply

  4. Rocio says

    what size jello box was used for these?

    Reply

    • Naomi replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 2:04 am

      Hi Rocio,

      I used the smaller box (3oz) not the large one.

      Thanks,
      Naomi

      Reply

  5. Ashley says

    These are such great party treats in the summer. My only suggestion is to swap the salt rim for a sugar rim. They are a little better with the strawberry actually. :)

    Reply

  6. Marie says

    This is such a great idea..However I didnt have much success when transporting them, What shall I carry them in when traveling?

    Reply

    • jillkuzma replied: — July 20th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

      I would try mini cupcake tin

      Reply

  7. nikki says

    this is so cute! im gonna make this memorial weekend! but i dont really understand ur directions on how to make the strawberry stand to fill in the jello?

    Reply

    • jillkuzma replied: — July 20th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      Cut off the tips, maybe.

      Reply

  8. nikki says

    this is so cute! im gonna make this memorial weekend! but i dont understand your directions on how to make the strawberry stand upright while filling it with jello

    Reply

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  11. annalise says

    has anyone made these yet?? I would love some feed back about how they turned out. I am making them tonight for a vegas trip this weekend.

    Reply

  12. charlotte says

    Is the cointreau required? I couldn’t find a small bottle and all of it was super expensive. Could I just use all tequila or is there a cheaper option?

    Reply

    • alexandra replied: — October 3rd, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      You can use triple sec. It’s orange liquor. All the same and much cheaper. Contrau sec is orange liquor as well. :)

      Reply

      • Vicki replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

        What size jello box? I saw in the red velvet shots that it is 6 ounces of liquor to a 3 ounce jello box and some water.

        For the strawberry shooters is it the small box?

        Thanks for the insight. I am using these for our annual Cookies and Cocktails party (dress code is an ugly Christmas sweater).

        Thanks

  13. says

    can you use vodka

    Reply

    • Lisa replied: — December 10th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      You could use your favourite cocktail mix. Vodka is the base to any cocktail.

      Reply

      • Lauren replied: — January 30th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

        Vodka is not the base for every cocktail. That is the farthest thing from the truth. You can use any liquor you want in this recipe, it just won’t be a margarita anynore.

  14. Emme says

    Last night I made these awesome shots BUT I ran into a problem. Cutting the strawberries at the bottom just enough so they stand but not too much so the liquid doesn’t leak out. No dramas shelias and blokes! I cut all my strawberries( some perfect and some not so perfect) seeing some of them leaking worried me. So I kept the jello in the bowl and put it in the fridge for about an hour and a half, it came out just enough solid to clog the holes but liquid enough to still spoon up and fill the strawberries. It all smoothed out over night. Also I did half of the strawberries sprinkled with sugar with a kiwi slice on top and the other half with salt and a lime slice. Hope this helped some of you! Enjoy :)

    Reply

    • Cindy Mullikin replied: — May 31st, 2014 @ 6:19 am

      I should have read your comment first…..I could not see any holes but clearly they were there…It was a total bust for me. I ended up placing the jello in tiny plast cups!

      Reply

  15. Kris F says

    I made these last night. A few comments… I made these exactly to the recipe and after sitting in the fridge overnight, the jello set, but not as much as I would have liked. I will use a different proportion the next time to make the jello part. This recipe is an awesome idea and the strawberries are a hit. Other comment… I would wait until cutting the bottoms to make them stand-able until after you are done and the jello is set. The strawberries I had weren’t very cooperative in this manner. With the jello set, you can lop the bottoms off much more easily. This though does making the setting portion a little more challenge. I filled a cupcake tray with paper towers and propped them up easily in that without problem.

    Thanks for this idea… love it.

    Reply

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