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Jun 29, 2011 12:38 PM

Jelly (o) shots forth of July

I am wanting to make Jelly shots for the fourth Not using Jello but Knoxx (no artifical flavors etc) Was aiming for margaritas since they were discussed @ new years (made choc mint, shots) I have local rhubarb and strawbs but could give in and get lemons and limes anyone made these or have suggestions? I have looked online and not found anything without JELLO brand but some pretty cool stuff mostly using dairy (like my new year's ones...)

Thanks in advance!

I am in Portland OR to give you an Idea of what is in season (no cherries yet etc...)

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    1. You can make a gelatin mold or shots out of just about any mixture of booze and mixer. Follow the directions for juice gelatin on the Knox container, substituting booze, juice, fruit puree, store-bought mixers, or whatever else for the juice it calls for. I've made a prosecco gelatin mold, gelled gin and tonic, bourbon and lemonade gelatin with fresh strawberry puree, etc. It's extremely simple and very delicious. I think a margarita one would be terrific!

      1. For the record, I've never felt a need to use flavored Jello for my Jello shots. I try to replicate traditional cocktails with unsweetened, unflavored gel. Anything from screwdrivers and sea breezes to bloody marys, mojitos and margaritas (and beyond). Generally a 3:1 of non-alcohol to alcohol. Heat half the total volume (if the package says "dissolve in 16ozs", then use 8oz) and whisk in the gel until dissolved, then add the remaining alcohol/mixer, stir and pour into plastic cups.

        Half the fun is garnishing, teeny wedges of lime for margaritas/mojitos, sliver of celery and pickle for bloody marys, etc.

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        1. re: ferret

          Just for fun, skip the plastic cups. Hollow out lime rinds and pour into those. Once set, cut them into wedges. Much easier, prettier, and citrusy.

        2. Thanks!
          thats what I needed specific ratios (use 8 oz not 16 etc...) Thanks!
          Although if anyone has specific tried and true Knox jelly shot margarita recipes (using real fruit-strawberries, rhubarb or lemons/limes) please feel free to post -I will give you credit!

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          1. re: debmykar

            Just to clarify -- you do need the full amount of liquid called for on the package. You only *heat* half the liquid.