Arrrrrriba! Spice up your New Year with this crowd favorite. Don’t be fooled, these aren’t lime wedges! They’re jello shots! Eat them like you would a lime wedge, but don’t worry, you won’t need a chaser after these shots! They’re delicious! I like to dip then I’m sugar, but then again, I’ve got a mean sweet tooth.
Tequila Lime Jello Shots
Prep time: The limes can be a pain in the butt and the jello will need to harden for several hours/overnight, so make sure you allow ample time to make these shots. You’ve been warned.
Serves: 24 lime “wedge” shots
-6-8 limes (find some that are kind of stiff, as if the peel is a little thicker, this will make your life easier)
-3 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (or 6 tablespoons)
-1 oz water (or 2 tablespoons)
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 envelope (2 tsp) of Knox unflavored gelatin
-3 oz tequila (or 6 tablespoons) **El Jimador silver tequila is pretty good quality at a decent price**
-1 oz orange liqueur (2 tablespoons) **I used Grand Marnier.**
-large crystal sugar or salt to make them look all pretty
- Hollow out the lime peels. Easy.
- I was kidding about step 1… this part actually really sucks. There’s no shortcut, really. You might think it would be easier to juice the limes before you hollow them out. It’s not. Here’s what I did that made things a little bit easier: Don’t mess with the limes, just cut them in half. Slice through the white core part (as shown in picture 1 in the graphic above). Then take a spoon (even better if you have a serrated grapefruit spoon! I didn’t 😦 ) and scoop along the peel until the fruit portion pops out. But just so you know, it’s not going to just “pop out”, it may take some fight. Don’t give up!
- Place the hollowed out lime halves in a muffin tin. You’ll only need 6 limes to fill the muffin tin, but you’ll need a few extra for juice.
- Squeeze the lime fruit and collect 6 tablespoons of juice.
- Combine the lime juice, water, and sugar in a small saucepan with the burner off.
- Sprinkle in the gelatin powder and stir.
- Warm over medium heat. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Stir in the tequila and orange liqueur.
- Pour into a container that has a pouring spout.
- Pour into all 12 lime halves until full. It won’t expand much.
- Carefully place the muffin tin in the fridge and allow to cool for at least 4 hours. I would just let it sit in there overnight.
- Once completely hardened, cut each in half to form wedges!
And there you have it! It’s a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it if you’re up to the challenge! Enjoy responsibly :-).