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Jello Shots Become Bite-Sized Desserts

Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Jello shots have been around since 1955 so the story goes. They are the go-to college party shot, Halloween candy shot and (admit it) mom’s little secret treat hiding in the back of the fridge for book club night. Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. Forget the plastic cup. Bring on the tiny appetizer plates. Seriously, in the long, short and wiggly of it all, it’s still alcohol wrapped up in gelatin. Slam it, sip it or nosh it. Any way you bite it there’s alcohol content, so user beware. This isn’t kiddie candy, but Jello shots are still loaded with fun!

Mexican Truffle Gelatin Shots Recipe

These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. So good, they are difficult to put down. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. Instead of the usual Jello shots that come to mind, these decadent small bite desserts are ideal for cocktail parties, hosting a girls night out game night or wrapping up your own Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mexican Truffles – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1/3 cup Chocolate Milk

1 teaspoon Grenadine

2 Knox Unflavored Gelatin Packets

1/3 cup Reposado Tequila

1/3 cup Hazelnut Liqueur

2 tablespoons Coffee Liqueur

Whipped Cream & Cinnamon Sprinkle Garnish

Place milk, grenadine and gelatin in saucepan. Stir gently. Heat over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved (approximately 7 to 8 minutes). Remove from heat. Add tequila and liqueurs. Stir. Pour into small shallow glass dish. Chill until gelatin is completely set. Cut into approximately 20 to 24 squares or use simple cookie cutter for decorative shapes just before serving. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream and dust with cinnamon powder just before serving.

If you love playing with your food and drink then you’ll love the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. They have a terrific book with more gelatin style Jello cocktail shot recipes. The Cucumber-Lime Margarita sounds delicious! Check out a few cute gelatin shot ideas on my Pinterest board. There are some amazingly creative people out there!

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Margarita on the Rocks 2 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Margarita on the Rocks

Skinny cocktails don’t have to come from a bottle. This fresh made margarita on the rocks makes the grade with fewer calories than a classic margarita and you still choose your preferred tequila. Beats bottle made any day.

Margarita on the Rocks - Low Calorie Cocktail
Margarita on the Rocks is only 82 calories and you make it fresh! – recipe & photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Margarita on the Rocks – created by Cheri Loughlin

1 measure Tequila

1/4 measure Triple Sec

2 measures Lime Sparkling Water

Crystallized Lime & Sea Salt Rim

Lime Wheel Garnish

Combine crystallized lime and sea salt. Rim rocks glass with lime and dip into salty lime mixture. Fill glass with fresh ice. Add liquids to glass in order given. Stir. Garnish with lime wheel.

Approximately 82 Calories

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Camarena Tequila Spiced Orange Margarita uses easy to make at home specialty syrup; Spiced Orange Syrup. The Spiced Orange Margarita recipe was developed for Camarena Tequila by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist.

Spiced Orange Margarita

Camarena Tequila Spiced Orange Margarita uses easy to make at home specialty syrup; Spiced Orange Syrup. The Spiced Orange Margarita recipe was developed for Camarena Tequila by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist.
Camarena Tequila Spiced Orange Margarita uses easy to make at home specialty syrup; Spiced Orange Syrup. The Spiced Orange Margarita recipe was developed for Camarena Tequila by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist.

If you ever feel like kicking an ordinary Margarita recipe up a notch, then try this Spiced Orange Margarita recipe. The Spiced Orange Margarita flavor just goes to show what a little flavored simple syrup can do for your cocktail experience. The Spiced Orange Syrup takes a few minutes time to make and a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The flavor results are well worth a few minutes prep work.

The Spiced Orange Margarita is a mouthwatering alternative style margarita with luscious orange spiced notes. Prepare cocktail style or serve in large rocks glass over fresh ice. Multiply the recipe for easy pitcher style serve for parties and home entertaining. The Spiced Orange Margarita makes a great choice for traditional tequila themed holidays such as National Margarita Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day. It’s orange spice tones pair nicely with festive fall occasions as well.

Spiced Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Orange Margarita uses easy to make at home specialty syrup; Spiced Orange Syrup. The Spiced Orange Margarita recipe was developed for Camarena Tequila by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist. This recipe is excellent for single serve or recipe can be multiplied for easy home entertaining pitcher style serve. – photo and recipe from The Intoxicologist site - Cheri Loughlin is The Intoxicologist, a corporate mixologist who creates and photographs the best cocktails and mixed drinks for home entertaining and bar use.
Spiced Orange Margarita uses easy to make at home specialty syrup; Spiced Orange Syrup. The Spiced Orange Margarita recipe was developed for Camarena Tequila by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist. This recipe is excellent for single serve or recipe can be multiplied for easy home entertaining pitcher style serve.

Spiced Orange Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Camarena Reposado Tequila

3/4 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

3/4 ounce Spiced Orange Syrup*

            Or 1 ounce Spiced Orange Syrup* for sweeter taste

Orange Twist & Allspice Garnish

Combine tequila, lemon and lime juices and 3/4 ounce syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Dip thin straw into cocktail shaker to sample taste. If you need a wee bit more syrup for sweeter taste, add another 1/4 ounce. Shake briefly to blend. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist dipped in allspice powder.

*Spiced Orange Syrup – created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Zest of 1 Orange

10 to 12 Whole Cloves

1 heaping tablespoon Whole Allspice

3/4 cup water

1-1/2 cup Cane Sugar or Granulated Sugar

1 ounce Vodka – acts as preservative (optional)

Place all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Strain into heat resistant glass container with lid. Add vodka as preservative if desired. Swirl to blend. Discard zest and spices. Allow syrup to cool before placing lid on container. Seal. Refrigerate syrup. Syrup will remain fresh approximately two weeks.

The Spiced Orange Margarita cocktail recipe was commissioned by representatives of Camarena Tequila as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Camarena Tequila on this site and at tequilacamarena.com and by following Camarena Tequila on Facebook and Twitter.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com