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Winter Margarita Jelly Shot

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I’ve been trying to find a fun après ski cocktail to turn into a jelly shot for all you winter sports buffs. As I am not a ski bunny or boarder, I naturally consulted Google regarding the appropriate cocktail for such an occasion.

After finding several requisite hot chocolate schnapps-y drinks (and my sense is that “hot chocolate jelly shot” just doesn’t translate) I ran across a cocktail called, quite literally, the Après Ski Cocktail, a mixture of vodka, licorice liqueur (Ricard, Pernod, Pastis ... I suppose even Absinthe could be used), green creme de menthe, and lemonade. It’s an intriguing combo, and a bit complex, and frankly has been a bit tricky to gelatinize. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

In the meantime, I discovered a wonderful Winter Margarita cocktail concocted over at the wonderful blog chatN’chow. Apple cider and cranberry juice are paired with the classic margarita counterparties, tequila, Cointreau (or Triple Sec) and a little citrus. chatN’Chow’s liquid drink recipe calls for fresh cider, which I didn’t have on hand, so I muddled the tequila with an apple for my jelly shot version. Seasonal taste profiles aside, the tequila is the star of the show in this recipe. If you aren’t sure yours is ready for prime time, dial it back a notch by substituting a couple tablespoons of tequila with additional juice.

The end result, Winter Margarita Jelly Shot, is perfect for the season – light but flavorful. Great after a day on the slopes, or while engaging in my favorite winter sport, watching my husband shovel the front walk!

Cheers, Michelle

Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!

Do you have a favorite après ski cocktail? Let me know below!

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