Whether you’re celebrating your team advancing to the next round, or mourning a broken bracket, these March Madness cocktail recipes for parties are the perfect companions for the college basketball championships.
Slam Dunk Jell-O Shots
Yield: 20 shots
1 packet mango Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup coconut vodka, chilled
10 clementines (or other small similar citrus), halved
Black decorative edible gel, in a pen applicator
1.Wash the clementines and halve them, slicing from top to bottom. Using a melon baller or a spoon, remove the fruit pulp so you are only leaving the rind behind, and maybe a little bit of the fruit flesh left at the bottom. When you set the rind down onto a plate, it should lay flat without rolling around.
2.Prepare the mango Jell-O as instructed on the package, but instead replace the 1 cup of water that the Jell-O package calls for with the 1 cup of vodka. You will still need the boiling water for the Jell-O preparation.
3.Pour the Jell-O mixture into the clementine halves and place them on a tray or plate, and stick them in the fridge for at least four hours, but you can leave them there overnight. We recommend using a pitcher or another container with a spout to do this with a clean pour.
4.Right before serving, use the black gel to draw lines across the top of the Jell-O to resemble basketballs.
Bracket Busting Punch
Yield: 12 to 14 drinks
2 cups tequila
1 cup orange liqueur
½ gallon orange sherbet
2 liters ginger ale
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
Orange slices for garnish
1.Place the orange sherbet and frozen orange juice concentrate in a large punch bowl and allow them to thaw for about 10 to 15 minutes.
2.Once it has thawed, stir in the ginger ale, tequila, and orange liqueur.
3.When serving, garnish the glass with the orange slice.
March Madness Margarita
Yield: 10 drinks
2 cups white whiskey
1 ¼ oz. Cointreau
1 ¼ oz. fresh lime juice
Coarse salt for the rims of the glasses
1.We recommend making this recipe two cocktails at a time, with 3 oz. of white whiskey, 2 oz. Cointreau, and 2 oz. of lime juice per batch (for two cocktails). This will allow you to use a shaker, but you can also make the entire batch at once in a pitcher.
2.If using a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Shake it until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
3.Use the lime wedge to wet the rim of the margarita glass, and then dip the rim into the coarse salt, which should be spread across a small plate.
4.Fill the margarita glass with ice and pour from the pitcher or, if using a cocktail shaker, strain the mixture into the glass.
5.Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and serve.