October 4, 2023Review Recipe
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These sweet and tangy tequila jello shots are easy to make and are always a hit at parties with guests. Citrusy lime jello and limeade create a bright green color, while tequila adds an adult spin to this fun treat.
Tequila Jello Shots Ingredients
Tequila jello shots are the perfect party snack – they are refreshing, fun, and full of delicious flavor.
The sweet tartness of the jello, the tang of limeade, and the warm kick of tequila together offer an unforgettable flavor experience.
To make these easy shots, you’ll need
- 3-ounce packet of lime-flavored jello gelatin
- 1 cup of boiling water
- ⅓ cup of cold water
- ⅓ cup of limeade concentrate, thawed
- ⅓ cup of silver tequila
For The Garnish:
- ¼ cup of coarse sea salt
- ¼ cup of bottled simple syrup
- 14 lime wedges (¼-inch thick slices that are cut into quarters)
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 two-thirds of a 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: You don’t need to feel limited to one type of tequila. For a smoother, more nuanced flavor, consider substituting with a reposado or an añejo.
Both have been aged longer than the standard blanco or silver tequila, resulting in a deeper, more complex taste.
Remember, the quality of tequila will greatly affect the taste of your jello shots.
LIME JELLO: If you’re feeling adventurous or just don’t have lime jello on hand, try other citrus-based jellos like lemon or orange.
They’ll still pair well with the tequila, just yielding a different fruity note. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that changing the jello flavor will significantly alter the overall taste of the shots.
SALT: If you want to get creative with the garnishing salt, you can experiment with different flavored salts.
Chili lime salt or a sweet citrus salt can add an extra layer of flavor to your jello shots, making them even more memorable.
Just be sure to taste your flavored salt first to make sure it pairs well with your other ingredients.
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 clear corn syrup.
How To Make This Tequila Jello Shots Recipe
Making Jello shots is very similar to making jello, except that you will replace some of the cold water with another liquid. In this case, you will be using limeade and tequila along with cold water to make the jello.
Line up the shot glasses on a baking tray, making it easy to transport them all at once. Fill each container with the jello mixture.
Chill the shots until the jello has set and you are ready to serve them.
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.
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.
STEP THREE: Add the cold water, thawed limeade concentrate, and silver tequila to the lime jello mixture. Stir to combine.
STEP FOUR: Carefully pour the tequila jello shot mixture into each container. You only want to fill each cup three-quarters full.
STEP FIVE: Transfer your tray of tequila jello shots to the refrigerator to set up and firm. This will take five to six 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.
STEP SEVEN: You will need one small bowl to add the salt and a second small bowl to add the simple syrup.
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 two tablespoons of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of salt. Stir together and use this to rim your 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.
We recommend setting out crispy tortilla chips in a big bowl with chili lime seasoning, roasted nuts spiced up with cayenne pepper and sea salt, or chunky guacamole served with crunchy raw veggies like carrots and celery for even more ideas.
Storing These Green Jello Shots
Whether you’re planning to make these ahead or have leftovers to preserve, here’s what you need to know:
MAKE AHEAD: The good news is tequila jello shots can absolutely be made ahead of time; in fact, they’re even better when they’ve had some time to set.
Make these delightful shots up to three days ahead of your event. Simply follow the recipe, pour the mixture into your shot glasses or molds, and let them firm up in the fridge.
Once set, cover each shot with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. This way, they’re ready to serve as soon as your guests arrive!
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 one 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.
Why We Love This Recipe
PARTY CROWD PLEASER: Tequila jello shots are a guaranteed hit at any gathering or party. They bring a fun and festive vibe to the celebration, making them a favorite among partygoers.
EASY TO MAKE: This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare, making it accessible to both beginner and experienced cocktail enthusiasts.
PERFECT FOR CELEBRATIONS: Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or special occasion, tequila jello shots add a festive touch to any celebration.
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 tequila jello shots taste just like you are sipping on a margarita cocktail.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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.
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
- 3 ounces 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
- ¼ cup coarse sea salt
- ¼ cup bottled simple syrup
- 14 lime wedges, ¼-inch thick slices that are cut into quarters
- 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.
- 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.