Last year, I made wine gummies, and they’ve been a serious hit both virtually and in real life! I’ve been making margarita gummies all this time too (along with a few other cocktail gummies), but for some reason, I’m just sharing the recipe with you now.
The trick with cocktail gummies is that you have to heat the mixture carefully so you don’t burn off the alcohol. That being said, it’s actually really easy to do.
If you don’t have a way to measure the temp of your liquid when it’s on the stove, go and order one of these!
¼ cup Triple Sec
¼ cup orange flavored liqueur
1 cup silver tequila
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp sugar or simple syrup or maple syrup (optional!)
½ cup gelatin
If you have a vitamix or blender that has a SUPER low speed, do this:
Mix the liquids together, pour half in the blender container and half in a pan on the stove. While waiting for the stove to heat, sprinkle a little gelatin into the liquid in the blender container and let it sit there. When the liquid in the pan reaches 90 degrees, pour that liquid into the blender container with the rest and turn the blender on to its lowest speed. Pour in 1/2 cup gelatin slowly and blend on low until it has dissolved. Add sweetener if you’re using it. If you blend it on a higher speed, it will get too foamy and you will not be happy with the results!
If you do NOT have a vitamix or blender with a SUPER low speed, do this:
In a saucepan on the stove, add all the liquid with a sprinkle of gelatin, and heat it to around 90-100 degrees. Alcohol will burn off at around 159 degrees, so try and keep the temp much lower than that! Add sweetener if you’re using it (I usually throw in a skosh of maple syrup–but I like these tart too!). While stirring briskly with a whisk, gradually add the gelatin powder. Continue whisking until all the gelatin has dissolved. Don’t get too crazy with your whisk or it will be really foamy! (I’ve done it with a hand mixer, and the foam is kind of annoying, but it’s easy to scoop off… and eat).
For both methods: Once the gelatin has all dissolved into the liquid, scoop any extra foam off the top (eat it!), and pour the mixture into a 9×13 (or similar sized) baking dish. Put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Cut into rectangles or use small cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Serve chilled in margarita glasses if you want to be fancy!
You can also pour this into molds, but I’ve found that to take way too long for my patience level… I’d rather cut it into rectangles or use cookie cutters to make shapes (and then eat the scraps!).
You can make these non-alcoholic, by using 2 cups of liquid (combine orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice in approximately equal parts), and adding the 1/2 cup of gelatin to that!
Note: they can sit out for several hours in room temperature without melting, but I do think they taste better when chilled.
These are strong! Taste the liquid before you pour it into the pan—if it’s too strong for you, add a little bit of filtered water or a splash of beer!
If you’re into essential oils, you can add a couple drops to the gummies—Orange EO is great in this, and so is lime! If you’re interested in chatting about essential oils, check out my essential oils facebook page. The only rules I have there are that you have to be nice, and you can’t solicit people! I use Young Living Oils, but my facebook group is open to anyone passionate about being oily (or anyone who wants to learn). Come and say hi!
If you haven’t checked out the wine gummies, you should!