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Fried Margarita Shots l

When Kate reached out to invite me to this year’s Margarita Week round-up, I panicked. I mean, sure, I was delighted with my Muddy Buddies from last year. But what new sweet treat could I come up with now? I DON’T DRINK MARGARITAS.

So – as I’m prone to do in these moments – I turned to The Pinterest. And something called “Fried Tequila Shots” kept popping up. Essentially cubes of angel food cake, dipped in tequila and fried (duh), these seemed like a pretty amazing contribution to any Cinco De Mayo celebration (there is also apparently such a thing as Fried Eggnog Shots. But I digress……).

I wanted to put my own twist on this treat and decided to make easy doughnut holes topped with a tequila-lime glaze. And a sprinkling of flaky sea salt for good measure.

Fried Margarita Shots l

Fried Margarita Shots l

Canned biscuit dough is one of my very favorite shortcut ingredients, and made these delicious little doughnuts come together very quickly.

Fried Margarita Shots l

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Thank you Kate!

Fried Margarita Shots l

Fried Margarita Shots

1 can biscuit dough (containing 8 biscuits)
vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon tequila, divided**
1 lime, juiced and zested (you should get about 2 tablespoons juice) – keep separate
1 cup powdered sugar
flaky sea salt

Place a wire rack over a sheet of foil or parchment paper; set aside.

Separate the biscuits and cut each into quarters (for a total of 32) – roll into balls. Heat about 2″ of vegetable oil in a large pot, to a temperature of 350 degrees (No thermometer? No problem! Place a popcorn kernel into the oil; when it pops the oil is ready!). Pour the 1/4 cup tequila into a small dish and place nearby.

When the oil has reached the proper temperature, dip a doughnut hole briefly into the tequila and gently place into your pot – it will bubble vigorously so be careful (you can work with 4 – 5 doughnut holes at a time). Use 2 forks to turn once or twice to brown evenly, and transfer to your wire rack. Repeat with remaining doughnut holes. Let cool.

Whisk the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon tequila, the lime zest and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a small bowl. Add more lime juice if needed till you have a thick, yet pourable, glaze. Dip each doughnut hole into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off, and return to the wire rack. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and let set.

** Feel free to reduce or eliminate the tequila if you prefer. You can skip the dipping part altogether, and substitute the tequila in the glaze with either water or more lime juice.

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This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

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Fried Margarita Shots l


  1. Kate on May 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, those look incredible!! I’m trying them immediately. Thanks so much for your contribution to Margarita Week!

    • sherisilver on May 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      They were pretty delicious! And thank YOU for putting this together; I loved participating! 🙂

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