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Tequila Jello Shots

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Tangy and citrusy, these tequila jello shots will be the life of your next party.
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  1. Tequila Jello Shots Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Tequila Jello Shots Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These sweet and tangy tequila jello shots are easy to make and always a hit at parties with the party guests. Citrusy lime jello and limeade create a bright green color, while tequila adds an adult spin to this fun treat. 

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Tequila Jello Shots Ingredients

Tequila Jello Shots raw ingredients on white surface and labeled

You’ll need

  • 3-ounce packet lime flavored jello gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • ⅓ cup limeade concentrate, thawed
  • ⅓ cup silver tequila (I used Jose Cuervo)

For the Garnish

  • ¼ cup coarse sea salt
  • ¼ cup bottled simple syrup
  • 14 lime wedges (¼-inch thick slices that are cut into quarters)

PRO TIP:

If you can’t find the 2-ounce plastic shot glasses with lids, they may be labeled as plastic condiment cups at the grocery store. These can be used interchangeably. You can use any shot cups you prefer, but keep in mind that your servings may differ from this recipe

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LIMEADE: If you cannot find limeade concentrate in the freezer section, you can substitute ⅔ cup of fresh limeade in this easy recipe. If you use this substitute, you will also omit the additional cold water in the recipe. Bottled limeades tend not to be as strong in flavor; therefore, your jello shots will not have quite as much of that classic bold citrus flavor to them, but they will still be delicious.

TEQUILA: I like using silver tequila as it does not alter the color of the lime jello for these margarita tequila jello shots. You will want to make sure to use a brand that you would enjoy in a cocktail. You do not need a top-shelf brand because it will be mixed with the jello; therefore, there is no need to use the really expensive tequila. 

SIMPLE SYRUP: I like to keep a bottle of simple syrup in my cocktail cabinet for all sorts of cocktails. If you do not have any or find that your brand does not work very well to hold the salt to the rim, then you can use clear corn syrup instead as a “glue” to keep the salt attached to the plastic cup rims. You will just need to note that you will get a thicker salt rim if you use the clear corn syrup.

How to Make This Tequila Jello Shots Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are making this yummy jello shot recipe for a party and need lots of shots, you can easily double this recipe.

STEP ONE: On a rimmed tray, place 14 (2-ounce) jello-shot containers (also known as condiment cups). Set aside.

PRO TIP:

Setting the jello shot cups on a baking tray will help make it easier to transport them to the fridge for chilling.

STEP TWO: In a large measuring cup or bowl with a pour spout, stir together the packet of lime-flavored jello gelatin and boiling water until the lime gelatin is completely dissolved.

lime flavored jello gelatin and boiling water stirred in a measuring cup

STEP THREE: Add the cold water, thawed limeade concentrate, and silver tequila to the lime jello mixture. Stir to combine.

add cold water, thawed limeade concentrate and silver tequila into the gelatin jello mixture in a measuring cup

STEP FOUR: Carefully pour the tequila jello shot mixture into each container. You only want to fill each cup ¾ full.

tequila jello shot mixture poured into the shot cups

STEP FIVE: Transfer your tray of tequila jello shots to the refrigerator to set up and firm. This will take 5 to 6 hours. 

STEP SIX: Once your tequila jello shots have firmed up and you are ready to serve them, you can garnish them with the salted rim and lime wedge.

garnish the cups with salted rim and lime wedge

STEP SEVEN: You will need one small bowl to add the salt, and a second small bowl to add the simple syrup.

PRO TIP:

The addition of the margarita salt rim is optional, but it makes an excellent presentation for serving. However, the salt can be pretty overpowering compared to the jello shots. You can substitute the straight salt for a mixture of 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir together and use this to rim your jello shots.

STEP EIGHT: Carefully flip the jello shot over and dip just the rim of each shot glass into the simple syrup, then into the salt. You want to be careful not to get the salt onto the lime jello. Place the salt-rimmed tequila jello shot onto a serving tray and add a lime wedge to the side of the jello shot cup. Repeat with all the tequila jello shots.

How To Serve

These delicious lime margarita jello shots are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or to serve at your next party. Add our fresh cucumber bites and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers for munchies on the side.

Our strawberry lemonade jello shots and Starburst jello shots are two more grown-up treats to whip up.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This margarita jello shot recipe needs to be kept refrigerated until ready to garnish and serve. If you plan on making these ahead of time, you can cover each jello shot with the plastic lids that come with the plastic shot cups. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Do not garnish with the salt rim and lime until you are ready to serve.

IN THE FREEZER: Because of the gelatin and alcohol, this jello shot recipe doesn’t tend to freeze very well.

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Just a few easy steps are needed to make these fun party treats. From the tangy lime and tequila, right down to the salted rim and lime wedge, these taste just like you are sipping on a margarita cocktail.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store jello shots?

If you have leftover jello shots, you can store them in the fridge for up to one week with their lids tightly on. You can make them three days ahead of your party before serving, but make sure you are storing the containers with the lids on.

Can you freeze these tequila lime jello shots?

I don’t find that jello shots freeze well because of the gelatin and alcohol. While you can pop them in the freezer for a few minutes to help speed along the setting process, you shouldn’t store them in the freezer after they’re done.

Does it matter what kind of tequila I use?

Pick your favorite brand of tequila for this tequila shot recipe. Anything you enjoy drinking in your cocktails will be a great option.

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Tequila Jello Shots

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Tangy and citrusy, these tequila jello shots will be the life of your next party.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 14

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces packet lime flavored jello gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cup cold water
  • cup limeade concentrate, thawed
  • cup silver tequila, I used Jose Cuervo

Garnish

  • ¼ cup coarse sea salt
  • ¼ cup bottled simple syrup
  • 14 lime wedges, ¼-inch thick slices that are cut into quarters

Instructions
 

  • On a rimmed tray, place 14 (2-ounce sized) jello-shot containers (also known as condiment cups). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with a pour spout, stir together the packet of lime-flavored jello gelatin and boiling water until the lime gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Add the cold water, thawed limeade concentrate, and silver tequila to the lime jello mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Carefully pour the tequila jello shot mixture into each container. You only want to fill each cup ¾ full.
  • Transfer your tray of tequila jello shots to the refrigerator to set up and firm. This will take 5 to 6 hours.
  • Once your tequila jello shots have firmed up and you are ready to serve them, you can garnish them with the salted rim and lime wedge.
  • You will need one small bowl to add the salt to, and a second small bowl to add the simple syrup.
  • Carefully flip the jello shot over and dip just the rim of the plastic cup into the simple syrup, then into the salt. You want to be careful not to get the salt onto the lime jello. Place the salt-rimmed tequila jello shot onto a serving tray and add a lime wedge to the side of the jello shot cup. Repeat with all the tequila jello shots.

Notes

  •  If you can’t find the 2-ounce plastic shot glasses with lids, they may be labeled as plastic condiment cups at the grocery store. These can be used interchangeably. You can use any shot cups you prefer, but keep in mind that your servings may differ from this recipe.
  •  If you are making this yummy jello shot recipe for a party and need lots of shots, you can easily double this recipe.
  • Setting the jello shot cups on a baking tray will help make it easier to transport them to the fridge for chilling.
  • The addition of the margarita salt rim is optional, but it makes an excellent presentation for serving. However, the salt can be pretty overpowering compared to the jello shots. You can substitute the straight salt for a mixture of 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir together and use this to rim your jello shots.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.004g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 2051mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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