8.24.2019

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I was planning a big Mexican meal to celebrate our friends’ anniversary. After what promised to be a somewhat heavy meal, I wanted to serve something thematic, but light, for dessert.

The meal consisted of cheese crisps, followed by a poblano-stuffed meatloaf with tomato sauce, yellow rice, and calabacitas. (Stay tuned for all these recipes!)

Getting ready for the feast, I spent a rare, quiet Saturday afternoon flipping through cookbooks, looking for recipes. I came across what promised to be the light yet flavorful dessert I was seeking.

While making it, I wasn’t really thinking about the fact that the alcohol never really gets cooked off in the process. The result? A very light margarita mousse that requires proof of identification to serve. I am not kidding — this dessert packs a punch! 21 and older only!

This dessert is half mousse, half gelatin. It is very foamy and light, and refreshing after a large meal – and perfect for the upcoming holiday weekend!

~ David

Mousse de Tequila
From México, The Beautiful Cookbook

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1 cup sugar, divided
pinch salt
4 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 large Persian lime)
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup white (Silver) tequila
1/4 cup triple sec or curaçao
zest of 2 limes

In a medium saucepan, mix the gelatin, 1/2 cup of sugar, and salt.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick, pale, and creamy. Add the lime juice and water, and stir to combine. Pour over the sugar and gelatin, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes stirring constantly, or until sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Pour into a large bowl, add the tequila and triple sec (or curaçao), and 3/4 of the lime zest. Let cool, then cover and place in refrigerator.

When the egg yolk mixture begins to set, add egg whites to another large bowl, and beat them at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the chilled yolk mixture. Divide among 6-8 margarita glasses and garnish with remaining lime zest. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Serves 6-8.


24 comments:

  1. My goodness me !!!!! Have seen the photo on IG, love tequila and had to see the details immediately ! Excellent dessert ! Serves 6 -8 ? Seriously ? David ? Hardy waiting for the rest of the menu :-)

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    1. Let's just say that it CAN serve 6-6... for us, 4 of us ate it all with glee... and, the more we ate, the merrier we got! Thanks, Davorka - it is a fun dessert!

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  2. Boozy desserts are some of the best ones, right? I'm not the biggest tequila drinker around, but I know I'd tuck right into this if it was set infront of me. I'm curious about calabacitas, too, and had to look it up to see what it was. Sounds delicious!

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    1. I am not a big tequila drinker, either, John - but I didn't mind it one but in this dessert! Calabacitas recipe coming in two weeks!

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  3. Oh! I'll go along with John . . . love boozy desserts! But: garlic does not suit you and tequila and I looked at one another at our first meeting and turned away one from the other :) ! Your dessert looks beautiful and sounds a fun end to a meal . . . so have to find that bottle at the back somewhere . . . :) !

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    1. Or, maybe you could try different alcohol? This could be a fun one to switch out! What about a gin and tonic mousse?

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  4. What a dessert, perfect for a heavy meal. I can’t wait for all the other recipes.

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  5. Such a pretty and festive dessert! Sounds like it was a delicious meal -- looking forward to the next courses. :-) Cheers!

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    1. The meal was such fun to prepare - course by course it has come to you bookending with the cheese crisps and the dessert - the middle will come in two weeks!

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  6. David, loving the lime flavor! And it looks so light and airy! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly - the lime is really nice in this and is not overwhelmed by the tequila!

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  7. Wow. This looks outstanding. I just send the link to this post to Mrs KR so I can beg her to make it (she makes all the desserts in our house). Thanks!

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    1. I somehow thought it would appeal to you and Mrs. KR!

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  8. this looks wonderful but i just can't bring myself to use gelatine! the thought of all those calves' feet... I love a good boozy dessert tho :-) cheers sherry

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    1. This might actually be better using agar agar, Sherry. I will have to try and see.

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  9. David, this is such a fun dessert! Maybe I'll give this a try next time we entertain adult, but we are entering kid's birthday season at my place! Are you going to post about that poblano stuffed meatloaf? That sounds super delish too!

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    1. The other recipes are coming the week after next!

      Yes, I might not want to served this mousse at a children’s birthday party... 🤣

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  10. Genius! I love a light dessert. Add a little booze and it's over the top (and can't wait for the rest of the recipes)!

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    1. Thanks, Inger! The other recipes will come the week after next!

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  11. It's hot here to and I swear I'm over 21! GREG

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    1. I would gladly serve you, Greg... saw your birthday announcement on FB and that is good enough identification for me!

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  12. Woah, Nellie! That's my kind of dessert; lots of booze! Haha! Sorry I've been MIA, but trying desperately to get my sponsored posts done from my June trip to Europe before I head off again in two weeks! The stress is real, but it's OH, so worth it! :)

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    1. You are so sweet to tell me why you were "MIA" - I can see how busy you are and I know you are always there! :) Your travel articles have been fantastic!

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