“Mexican Margarita” Jelly Shots

18 Sep

These fun little ‘shots’ are delicious and oh so cute!  My take on a traditional margarita/tequila shot.

Mmm...alcoholic citrus


– 1 tablespoon powdered gelatine

– 3/4 cup water, divided

– 1 cup caster sugar

– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice (see “decoration”)

– 1/2 cup tequila

– 1/4 cup Mango liqueur

– 1/4 cup Cointreau (or other orange-flavoured liqueur)

Classy ingredients right here


In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatine over 1/4 cup of the water, and allow to soften (5 mins).  Add the rest of the water and the sugar to the pan and heat until dissolved.

Don't breathe too deeply later on when you add alcohol - it's potent!

Remove from heat and set aside for now.


Here things get fun!  The sky is the limit when it comes to dressing up alcoholic drinks, and shots are no different.  As I was limited on time, I chose to simply make the shots look like lemon and lime wedges.

To do this, you need a fair amount of citrus.  I had lemons and limes on hand, oranges would certainly work also.

Cut the fruit in half and carefully remove the pulp.  Make sure you keep the fruit juice (squeeze the pulp) and use it in the shots.  Place the fruit halves in something like a muffin tray, as this keeps them from spilling!

I know it looks strange, but this makes it so much easier - just do it.

I also used generic plastic shot glasses.  If I wasn’t going to be transporting these shots by car I would have given them a sugar or salt rim.  Do this by running a slice of lime/lemon over the rim of the glass and placing it in a plate of sugar.  Shake excess off  – leaves you with a very cute mini-margarita receptacle.

Once your glasses/fruits have been readied you can finish off the shot mixture.  Add the lime/lemon juice, tequila, orange liqueur and mango liqueur.  Taste and adjust ingredients accordingly.  Taste again, for good measure.

Now, carefully pour the mix into a jug, then into the fruit halves/shot glasses.

Ready, set, pour!

Place in fridge and let set for several hours.

When set, before serving, use a hot knife to cut the fruit into wedges.

Make sure you use a really hot knife

The liqueurs you use are completely up to you – I was going for a ‘Mexican’ theme.  Cheers!


One Response to ““Mexican Margarita” Jelly Shots”

  1. Guy Peleg October 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I didnt understood when i bring mix together the gelatine and water mix with the alcohol and lime juice,
    do I need to cook alcohol also with water with gelatine or when exactly i mix the two together after finish heating the water with gelatine?

    if u can replay to my email i will highly appropriate it, thanks.


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