Strawberry Margarita Jelly: Making strawberry margarita is probably not difficult, but how about making them with a little twist? This recipe is going to give your basic recipe of a strawberry margarita an awesome new twist. If you enjoy this then you might want to try one of our Molecular Margarita Kits.
Essentially, it is nothing more than the classic strawberry margarita, but the presentation is a very different one from the normal, and the fact that fresh strawberries form a key ingredient in making the jell-o shots make these marginally healthier than their bigger counterpart. They also make incredible start-ups for the times when you want to make something really fancy for your party, and they are a hit with both the ladies and the gentlemen.
To begin, you would need a pint of fresh strawberries, preferably with a bit of green intact. The green part can be used to provide a lovely base for the strawberries to rest. You can begin by twisting off these green parts and carefully laying them down on one side. Once the green bits are off, then you will have to remove the top, hard core of the strawberries. This can be done with a small paring knife. Do not cut too deep, just make an incision on the top, and carefully scoop out the hard top.
Then, using a very small melon baller or a 1/4th teaspoon measuring scoop, remove the insides of the strawberry, leaving about 1/3rd inch from the bottom. There is a major reason why that is done. If you dig too deep, you might pierce the flesh of the strawberry, and that will lead into the strawberry juice leaking out of the fruit. Make sure your do not pierce the flesh of the strawberry. Rather, dig enough to create a small hollow. You can eat the flesh that you cored out, make jam with it, or put it in the blender with some ice cream, milk and sugar to make a milkshake, it is up to you. Once the strawberries are hollowed out, slice off a very thin piece from the bottom of each strawberry, so that the strawberries can stand independently, and not roll about, taking care once again to not cut it all off and result in the margarita leaking out of the strawberry. Place these strawberries upright on a flat surface, either a cookie sheet, or a baking tray, or something similar.
Once all the strawberries are done, then it is time to contemplate a filling. Typically, at this point, contemplate bringing out some good quality tequila. You can substitute tequila with rum if you like daiquiri shots. To make the filling, start by heating 1 cup (250 ml.) water over medium heat, and add 1 package strawberry jell-o powder. Mix the two together till the strawberry jell-o powder is whisked well. Once it is mixed, add 1 cup (250 ml.) tequila. Let this sit for a few minutes. After 10-15 minutes, transfer the liquid to a measuring jug with a spout. Now, carefully pour the jell-o mixture inside each of the strawberry bowls, making sure your do not put in too much of it in there. Just fill up to the top of each strawberry.
Let these strawberries sit for 10-15 minutes on the counter after you have filled them, and then carefully remove them and place them in the fridge. Cool for at least an hour or until the jello is fully set. It will take a bit of time, so be patient.
Once the strawberry jello is set fully, then it is time to contemplate some king of topping. For this, use granulated sugar, water and lime. Cut 1-2 limes into little wedges and discard any seeds in them. On the other hand, place 2-3 tablespoon granulated sugar in a bowl. In another bowl, put ½ cup chilled water. The idea is to give the strawberries a lime and sugar top.
So, take one strawberry in your hand, and holding firmly, quickly dip the top edges of the strawberry in water. Then dip the strawberry in the sugar. Return to the cookie sheet, and do the same with the rest of the strawberries till they all have a sugar coating. Then, put a thin wedge of lime on top of each strawberry.
Traditionally, strawberry margaritas come with a ring of salt while daiquiris come with a ring of sugar. However, as these strawberries are supposed to be eaten whole, it is not a very good idea to put a lot of salt on them, since that might ruin the flavor. Rather, sugar will add a lovely, sweet taste to the concoction.
You can also make a non-alcoholic version by omitting alcohol altogether, and adding another 2/3rd cup water while making the jell-o. this makes an excellent dessert for kids where you can sneak in a lot of fruit servings into their daily meals.