This is simply the best Margarita jello shot recipe you will ever make! It truly tastes like a Margarita. A salted rim adds a nice touch in shot glasses full of this delightful concoction, or unsalted to-go gelatin shots in stack-able disposable containers. Great for parties, tailgating, and more!
Margarita Jello Shots Recipe
If you are looking for a fun “drink” for your next party, make some jello shots! These margarita jello shots are an easy recipe to make. This recipe is for delicious lime margarita jello shots which are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, a bachelor party, bachelorette party, picnic, BBQ, or tailgating. Try this fun take on a classic cocktail. Your party guests are sure to enjoy this blast from the past!
Jello Shots are pretty easy to make and follow a simple recipe. This is the basic recipe anyone can follow:
● 1 small box of Flavored Gelatin (there are others with unflavored Gelatin, but this is the basics)
● 1 cup boiling water
● 1 cup of: vodka/rum/tequila/whiskey/schnapps/liqueurs
The 1 cup of some sort of spirits is the key. The different flavor combinations of alcoholic beverages combined with the flavored gelatin are what make the tasty jello shot varieties.
Hubby and I attended a party last weekend at my brother’s house. I volunteered to bring gelatin shots. I made 6 different varieties! Here is the tower with some of the gelatin shots (there were 80 shots in all):
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting all the recipes that made up that tower!
Some of the recipes were better received than others. This Margarita Jello Shot recipe was a major hit!! It tastes just like a Margarita, even without the salt. Salting wasn’t really possible with the plastic souffle cups that we used for transportation.
Last Saturday was EXTREMELY hot here… like 95°. We kept the jello shots on ice, but after the ice melted, they did un-gel a bit. We hurried a bunch to the refrigerator, and they reset just fine.
I took 4 of the Margarita shots home, and they lasted for a number of days in the refrigerator.
Tips and tricks for making these Margarita Jello shots:
● It was pointed out to me these Jello shots use 2¼ cups of liquid and not the normal 2 cups, which leads to increased setting time. You can absolutely decrease the water to 5/8ths of a cup to get you to 2 cups of liquid. They will be more “rubbery” like a traditional jello shot and set up faster.
● You may use “Margarita salt” or any coarse salt to the rim of each shot glass.
● You can try to salt the souffle cup rims, but if you are capping them to transport or store, most of the salt will be knocked off by the lid.
● If you like, you can all a small piece of lime or a key lime wedge to the shot before serving.
● The souffle cups (plastic cups) are 2oz, and a shot glass is 1oz, 1.5oz, or 2oz normally, so you may get a different number of servings depending on the vessel you use to set the gelatin.
● Instead of Cointreau, you can use Triple Sec or Grand Marnier, or whatever orange liqueur you like. It will slightly change the taste of these jello shots, but personal preference is the key to all recipes, including these fun margarita jello shots!
● When stacking these in the refrigerator I set the plastic cups on a baking sheet or in a 13×9 pan so I can move them easily.
● A box of lime jello was used to make this recipe. You can use any brand of lime gelatin.
Margarita Jello Shots Ingredients:
● 1 3oz Box Lime Gelatin
● 1 1/8 cups water, divided
● 1/8 cup Lime Juice
● ¾ cup Tequila
● ¼ cup Cointreau
● Coarse salt
Margarita Jello Shots Mise en Place:
● Rim 12 shot glasses with coarse salt for the dry, and tequila for the wet. If using 12 disposable 2oz souffle cups, do not rim.
● In a medium pot, bring one cup of water to a boil on the stove.
● Add lime gelatin to boiling water; dissolve completely.
● Remove from heat and allow to mixture cool to close to room temperature; approximately 15 minutes.
● Add lime juice, 1/8 cup cold water, tequila and Cointreau to the gelatin mixture.
● Pour into shot glasses or souffle cups. If using souffle cups allow some headroom and do not fill to the top.
● Remove any bubbles that may form.
● You may cap your souffle cups, or wait until the gelatin has set before capping.
● Place in refrigerator to set, approximately 2 hours.
● Serve after set.
● Makes 12 Servings Margarita Jello Shots
- 1 3oz Box Lime Gelatin
- 1 1/8 cups water, divided (see important note)
- 1/8 cup Lime Juice
- ¾ cup Tequila
- ¼ cup Cointreau
- Coarse salt
- Rim 12 shot glasses with coarse salt for the dry, and tequila for the wet. If using 12 disposable 2oz souffle cups, do not rim.
- In a medium pot, bring one cup of water to a boil on the stove.
- Add lime gelatin to the hot water; dissolve completely.
- Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to close to room temperature; approximately 15 minutes.
- Add lime juice, 1/8 cup cold water, tequila, and Cointreau to the gelatin mixture.
- Pour into shot glasses or souffle cups. If using souffle cups allow some headroom and do not fill to the top.
- Remove any bubbles that may form.
- You may cap your souffle cups, or wait until the gelatin has set before capping.
- Place in refrigerator to set, approximately 2-4 hours.
- Serve after set.
It was pointed out to me these Jello shots use 2¼ cups of liquid and not the normal 2 cups, which leads to increased setting time. You can absolutely decrease the water to 5/8ths of a cup to get you to 2 cups of liquid. They will be more "rubbery" like traditional jello shots and set up faster.
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