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boozy strawberry rhubarb shooters

BOOZY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SHOOTERS with Candied Rhubarb Ribbon Garnish

Tangy rhubarb puree and vodka-macerated berries make Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters an extra-special adult treat.  They’re garnished with sweet “candied rhubarb ribbons” that make them perfect for entertaining all Summer long!

What’s really cool is, by making the rhubarb ribbons first, the byproduct is producing your own homemade rhubarb syrup.  Then you use the syrup to cook down fresh rhubarb to make the tangy puree!

 

I LIKE TO TELL MY GUESTS WHAT THEY’RE ENJOYING!

boozy strawberry rhubarb shootersIf you’re one of my loyal readers, you know that I love to use signage on my buffets and that goes for my individual serving items too.

And of course, that’s especially true for a big tray of fun jello shots like these Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters.

  • Download the Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters Pick Signs 1-Pg PDF
  • Print and cut out strawberry signs
  • Glue berries to 5″ long “sticks” like the decorative paper straws I used that you see here

 

Now you’ll have a fabulous “party-ready” tray of delectable adult delights!

I’ll tell you how to get you own copy at the bottom of this post.

 

RHUBARB AND STRAWBERRIES ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Rhubarb and strawberries are indeed a match made in heaven.  And when you add some vodka, you’ve got a fabulous recipe for Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters!  It’s truly a favorite Summertime fruity combination of sweet and tangy – absolutely fabulous!

ingredients for boozy strawberry rhubarb shooters

What makes this recipe extra-special is the addition of rhubarb puree to the traditional gelatin and alcohol mixture.  Now I will tell you this, the texture is softer and is not “bouncy” like a plain strawberry jello shot. 

I personally love the mouth-feel of this parfait-like shooter.  I think you and your friends will too!

 

HOW TO MAKE MACERATED BERRIES – They add an extra “oomph”!

vodka macerated strawberriesWhen you macerate berries it softens the berries, and if using sugar, sweetens them too. 

The process is perfect for giving a little extra sweetness to berries that aren’t as nice as you’d like.

You can macerate fruits in any number of things, including balsamic vinegar or just plain sugar. 

The actual softening is done by the liquid added or produced by the sugar extracting the fruit’s moisture.

The sugar pulls out the juices of the fruit forming a syrup and turns a tasteless berry into a sweet one.

In this recipe we macerate the berries in vodka, and that both softens them and will give an extra “kick” to your Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters.

 

  

HOW TO MAKE RHUBARB RIBBONS FOR GARNISHING

rhubarb ribbons on baking sheet

Yes, I know it might be a little extra trouble to prepare a batch of CANDIED RHUBARB RIBBONS.  But once you take a nibble, it will immediately become clear to you.  They are absolutely delicious, with or without a Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooter attached!

 

candied rhubarb ribbons

Here’s a quick summary of the steps to make fabulous CANDIED RHUBARB RIBBONS:

  1. Using a mandolin, long-sharp knife or vegetable peeler, cut long strips from a rhubarb stalk and lay them flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  You’ll make a simple syrup and use it to candy the “ribbons” of rhubarb you sliced. 
  2. The slices will be soaked in the syrup, thereby leaving you with a lovely rhubarb flavored and colored syrup.  That’s what you’ll use to sweeten the rhubarb to create your rhubarb puree.
  3.  You’ll dry the ribbons in a 170°F oven. Part way through the process wrap them around plastic drinking straws to form “curly-cues”. (the oven is too low to melt them, I promise!)

 

boozy strawberry rhubarb shooters

 

HERE’S THE SHOT GLASSES I USED

plastic shot glassesWhen I decided to make jello shots, I hopped on Amazon and found these great 3-ounce sized disposable shot glasses that are just perfect!

They came in a pack of 250 and are nice and sturdy.

No, I won’t have to order any more for a very long time, but hopefully they’ll inspire me to do more “individual” portioned stuff!

Here’s the link if you’d like to check them out: 

CLEAR 3 OUNCE PLASTIC SHOT GLASSES

 

 

WANT ANOTHER FABULOUS ADULT JELLO SHOT RECIPE TOO?

pink paloma jello shots with grapefruit sugar rimsHere’s another great way to celebrate the summer with a fabulous Mexican cocktail-inspired jello shot. 

It’s my PINK PALOMA JELLO SHOTS WITH GRAPEFRUIT SUGAR RIMS.  

They’re prepared with a homemade grapefruit gelatin and tequila, and are a beautiful color. 

Of course I created two different versions, these have some with “star cut outs” too! 

They came out MUY YUMMY, if I do say so myself.  Actually, the hubby loved them too, and he’s not a big fan of tequila.  Now that’s an endorsement!

You’ll notice I did Pick Signs for them too, actually this is only 1 of 3 different designs I created for you!

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPE:  PINK PALOMA JELLO SHOTS WITH GRAPEFRUIT SUGAR RIMS

 

Now you’re armed with some fabulous Summer party recipes that are super simple. But they pack lots of festive flavor that lends itself to the season’s warm days and sultry evenings.

 

BOOZY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SHOOTERS PICK SIGNS

boozy strawberry rhubarb shooters pick signsWant your copy of the BOOZY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SHOOTERS PICK SIGN PDF, but you’re not on our list yet?  Why not join in on the fun!

Fill out the form below and I’ll give you exclusive access to the printable as a thank you for joining the IFAFL Email Subscriber List.

As a Ingredients For A Fabulous Life Subscriber, you’ll also get instant access to the IFAFL Resource Library and receive our weekly emails.

What are you waiting for?  You don’t want to miss out on anything fabulous, do you? 

There’s always something fabulous happening here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life, don’t you want to stay in the loop?  

And while you’re at it, come join the gang in our Facebook group and get in on the gabfest at, The Fab Life!  That’s where we show off our triumphs and share our pursuit of “the good life” with each other all week long.  

 

 


 

 

boozy strawberry rhubarb shooters

Boozy Strawberry Rhubarb Shooters

Yield: 12-16 shooters
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes

Tangy rhubarb puree and vodka-macerated berries make these shooters an extra-special adult treat. They're garnished with sweet "rhubarb ribbons" that make them perfect for entertaining all Summer long!

Ingredients

  • 3 long stalks fresh rhubarb
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 12 oz. water
  • Plastic drinking straws (see post for alternatives)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 oz. pkg. strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup vodka + 3 Tbsp. - chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries

Instructions

RHUBARB SYRUP & RIBBON GARNISH

  1. Wash rhubarb and cut off ends, reserving tops. Cut one stalk crosswise in half. Using a mandolin, long-sharp knife or vegetable peeler, cut long strips from both pieces and lay flat on your cutting board.
  2. Place sugar and water into a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally until all the sugar is dissolved. Add the reserved rhubarb tops to the syrup pan. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Allow syrup to cook at a slow simmer for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Remove rhubarb tops from syrup and discard. Carefully add rhubarb strips to syrup, making sure they lay flat and are completely submerged. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Prepare a wire-cooling rack in a parchment-lined rimmed baking pan.
  4. After 30 minutes has elapsed, carefully remove rhubarb ribbons from syrup and lay on prepared wire rack. Let sit for 60 minutes to begin the drying process.
  5. Reserve rhubarb syrup for making puree.


DRYING RHUBARB RIBBONS

  1. Preheat oven on the lowest setting possible. (no higher than 200°F) or prepare your dehydrator with at least 3 layers of trays.
  2. Wind rhubarb ribbons around paper straws to form "curly-cues" and place on wooden cutting board or dehydrator trays. (don't worry, your board won't burn!)
  3. Place inside oven or turn on dehydrator. Let dry inside oven for 30-45 minutes, checking their tackiness after 20 minutes. When the ribbons have lost most of their stickiness, turn off oven. ( Let ribbons sit in oven for another hour)
  4. Carefully remove dried ribbons from straws by gently twisting and pulling them to an end. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


MAKING RHUBARB PUREE

  1. Dice 2 stalks of rhubarb and place in a medium saucepan. Pour rhubarb syrup into pan and place over medium heat.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until fruit begins to break down. Mash mixture with the back of a fork or potato masher and continue to cook for 5 more minutes at a low simmer.
  3. Remove from heat; let cool; whip the mixture into a very smooth puree in a blender or food processor and chill in refrigerator until needed.


MAKING BOOZY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SHOOTER

    1. Pour the boiling sugar water in a medium bowl.  Sprinkle gelatin powder over water and immediately whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved.
    2. Add 1/2 cup chilled puree and 3/4 cup vodka, stirring to combine. Place bowl in refrigerator for 30 minutes to start setting up.
    3. Place diced berries in a low bowl and pour over 3 Tbsp. of vodka, stirring to coat. Refrigerate berries until needed.
    4. Remove gelatin mixture and berries from refrigerator. Stir berries and then drain liquid from bowl. Add them to the gelatin, gently folding the berries into the strawberry-rhubarb mixture.
    5. Fill shot glasses with finished mixture and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. (spoons would be greatly appreciated!)
    6. When ready to serve, cut rhubarb ribbons into 4 inch lengths and garnish each shooter with 1 or 2 ribbons as desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 89Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 1g

Amounts of ingredients and portion sizes can change the number of shooters and nutritional information.

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