Margarita Tequila Jello Shots are the perfect party starter for your next fiesta! A classic margarita becomes fun jello shots everyone freaks out over!
Jello Shots are my favorite thing to bring to a party. They’re super easy to make and I can have them ready to go ahead of time. My friends like to ask for my best jello shot recipe, but since today is Cinco de Mayo I couldn’t think of anything better to make for our little fiesta tonight than these Margarita Tequila Jello Shots. They go great alongside your favorite burritos and tacos.
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While these jello shots aren’t striking in color, they taste like your favorite margarita in a mini cup. The best things about these shots is that you can dress them up any way you like. Love strawberry? Add a couple tablespoons of fresh puree. Cadillac margaritas your fave? Use top shelf tequila and add 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of Gran Marnier. The possibilities are endless!
How to Make Jello Shots
- Combine cold water and gelatin in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Whisk in boiling water until completely dissolved.
- Add in mixers, juice, and alcohol.
- Pour into 2-ounce plastic cups and refrigerate until set.
- Garnish with fruit or other toppings if desired.
- Cover with lids and chill until ready to serve.
This jello shot recipe is super easy. There aren’t any layers or crazy ingredients or techniques. Just basic jello shots goodness anyone the loves a good margarita will appreciate.
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Margarita Tequila Jello Shots
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin powder (equal to 1 tablespoon)
- ¼ cup cold water
- ½ cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup sweet and sour mix
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ cup tequila
- Lime slices for garnish
- Place the plastic cups in a baking dish or small baking sheet so they're easy to transport.
- In a small mixing bowl, sprinkle the gelatin powder over 1/4 cup cold water, and allow the powder to soak in for 2 minutes.
- While whisking, pour the hot water into the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the sugar, and whisk until dissolved.
- Add the sweet and sour, lime juice, and tequila and stir to combine.
- Pour the jello mix into each of the plastic cups, filling them 3/4 full.
- Transfer the jello shot to the refrigerator and chill until set, 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove the shots from the fridge and top with a 1/4 lime slice.
- Serve immediately or cover with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
These are just what party needs with young adults. Especially with elders there to watch grandbabies!! Thanks.
Just made these, and they were fantastic!!!! We omitted the sugar and they still turned out just great! Thanks!
Is is 1 envelope + 1 tablespoon of gelatin?
Hi Fanceen! Sorry about the confusion. It’s 1 envelope of gelatin which = 1 tablespoon in case you have one of the bigger jars. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I’ve updated the recipe card to make things more clear. 🙂
where can you find the sweet and sour mix?
Hi Emma, You can find sweet and sour at just about any major grocery store and at liquor stores. It’ll be in the liquor dept by the mixers.
Will this work with gold tequila?
Julie Espy says
Hi Steph! You can use gold tequila if you prefer. 🙂
looking forward to MAKING THESE THIS WEEKEND…. Trial run! I’ll have to eat them all myself…
Julie Espy says
I like the fact that this recipe does not use colored jello brand jello mix-won’t stain clothing if any mishaps occur, especially if you’re wearing something white or light colored!
Do you remove the lime slice before taking shot?
Julie Espy says
Hi KT! Yes. Take off the lime slice, do the shot, and then (if you like) bite the lime for the juice.
Is there anyway that you Can you add Salt to cover after jello sets up ?
Julie Kotzbach says
Salt will melt if you sprinkle it directly on top of the jello. You could sprinkle it on right before the eating the shots though.
If you don’t fill the cups all the way, you could dip the rim of the cups in lime juice and then salt after the jello is set. Hope this helps!
I plan to give friends the option to salt their own rim: one small plate with lime juice and one small plate with kosher salt; remove cover, dip rim in juice, then in salt. Ya esta!
These were so yummy! I will be making these again!! They were a hit! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
Do you still add the sweet and sour/margarita mix if you are adding orange juice and gran mariner? Can’t wait to try!
Julie Kotzbach says
Hi Jane! Yes, you’ll want to use the sweet and sour still. I would add 1 tablespoon of orange juice and 2 to3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier. Then take a taste test before chilling. You don’t want the orange juice to overpower everything, so start with a little and add more to taste. Hope this helps! 🙂
Top shelf says
What’s the best way to add grand Marnier and OJ to a 3x recipe? 6 TB of each on top of the rest of the ingredients?