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Margarita Tequila Jello Shots

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Margarita Tequila Jello Shots will be the hit of your next party! With a salted rim and a lime wedge, this margarita jello shot recipe will wow your party guests with a delicious classic margarita flavor in the form of fun jello shots.

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots on a serving tray.

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots

 

Why You’ll Love these Tequila Jello Shots

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots are the perfect party drink! Much like the classic cocktail, the zesty lime flavor with a zing of Tequila makes for the best jello shots.

  • They’re tangy, salty, and a little bit sweet.
  • An easy recipe. Just a quick mix of jello, tequila and pre-made margarita mix.
  • Super tasty. Tastes like a good margarita, but more fun!

If you’re a tequila fan, you should try these Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots, this Avocado Margarita (so creamy!), Tequila Screwdriver (Tequila and Orange Juice) which is refreshing and this yummy Tequila Cranberry Cocktail.

 

Margarita jello shots on serving tray with limes in the background.

 

When To Serve Tequila Jello Shots

These are perfect for:

  • Cinco de Mayo celebrations
  • Bachelorette party
  • Summer BBQ
  • Pool party
  • Tailgating Party
  • Superbowl Sunday

Or any other event where you want a fun take on jello shots!

 

Kitchen Tools

Medium Saucepan

Measuring Cup

Whisk

2 oz Mini Plastic Cups

Baking Sheet / Cookie Sheet

 

How Many Jello Shots in this Recipe?

This recipe will make approximately 16 margarita jello shots if using the 2 ounce plastic shot glasses.

You can double the number of margarita tequila jello shots if you want to use the 1 ounce cups, but the 2 ounce shot glass is the perfect size. If using the smaller cups, your friends will probably eat twice as many.

 

Margarita Jello Shots Ingredients

This margarita jello shots recipe needs a few more ingredients than the typical jello shots because we’re aiming for a classic margarita flavor.

KNOX GELATIN: The base for these jello shots starts with 4 envelopes of clear, unflavored gelatin powder. Knox Gelatin is the most popular brand. Some margarita jello shot recipes call for lime gelatin and you can use lime jello if you prefer a really strong lime flavor. Using the unflavored gelatin powder creates a flavor more like the classic cocktail.

BOILING WATER: To make the gelatin mixture, you’ll need 2 cups of boiling water.

MARGARITA MIX: You’ll need 1 1/2 cups of your favorite margarita mix. I’m a fan of the Mr & Mrs T Margarita Mix with it’s fresh squeezed lime flavor and a hint of orange, which means you won’t need any Triple Sec (orange liqueur) for this recipe.

TEQUILA: You’ll need 1 cup of tequila. Choose your favorite smooth, silver tequila. You can use gold tequila as well, the color of the jello shots will be a slightly darker.

MARGARITA SALT: Of course, a margarita jello shot must have a salted rim.

FRESH LIMES: For wetting the rims of the mini jello shot cups with lime juice and cut lime wedges for garnish.

Margarita Jello Shots ingredients displayed on counter top with text next to each ingredient.

How to Make Margarita Jello Shots

Here are the step-by-step directions for this easy recipe:

STEP 1: Juice a fresh lime and add lime juice to a shallow saucer or small plate. Dip the rim of the plastic condiment cups into the lime juice and then dip into the margarita salt to coat the rim.

STEP 2: Place the prepared shot glasses on a baking sheet. This will make them easier to fill up and move in and out of the refrigerator. Set aside.

Mini plastic shot glasses with a salt rim lined up on a baking sheet.

 

STEP 3: In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of water. Remove the boiling water from the heat and slowly whisk in 4 envelopes of Knox gelatin until completely dissolved.

Medium saucepan with boiling water whisking in the unflavored gelatin.

 

STEP 3: Add margarita mix and tequila into the jello mixture. Stir well.

Pouring margarita mix into the saucepan.

 

STEP 4: Pour the jello mixture into a large measuring cup with a spout. Evenly fill the individual plastic shot glasses with the mixture.

Pouring margarita tequila jello mixture into prepared mini shot glasses from a measuring cup.

 

STEP 5: Place in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 2 hours. This batch will make about 16 jello shots and chill time may take up to 4 hours, so allot extra time just in case.

Step 6: Keep chilled until ready to serve. Add a lime wedge for garnish before serving up these margarita jello shots.

Top view of margarita tequila jello shots with a lime wedge on top.

 

VARIATIONS

There are a few things you can change up in this recipe and still make excellent margarita jello shots!

  • Do you only have sweet and sour mix? You can use sweet and sour mix instead of Margarita mix. The difference is the sweet and sour mix includes orange, lemon and lime juice. Margarita mix is only lime juice as well as agave nectar with a light orange flavor. They are close enough in flavor to use interchangeably.
  • If you prefer add more sweetness, use sanding sugar on the shot glass rim instead of salt.

How Long do Tequila Jello Shots Last?

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Because of the salt rim, these are harder to store for several days. If you put the lid on the cups, the salt will fall off.

I suggest making these no earlier than 1 day ahead of time because you’ll need to store them in the refrigerator without the lid. Any longer, the jello shots start to dry out.

Upclose view of one margarita tequila jello shot.

 

More Jello Shot Recipes

Malibu Watermelon Rum Jello Shots

Crown Peach Jello Shots

Pina Colada Jello Shots

Blue Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

 

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots will be the hit of your party! These taste so delicious, you might want to make a few extra batches.

Cheers!

Yield: 16

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots on a serving tray.

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots will be the hit of your next party! With a salted rim and a lime wedge, this margarita jello shot recipe will wow your party guests with a delicious classic margarita flavor in the form of fun jello shots.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 envelopes unflavored Knox Gelatin
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups Margarita Mix
  • Margarita Salt (for rimming mini plastic shot glasses)
  • Fresh Limes (lime juice for rim and lime wedge for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Juice a fresh lime and add lime juice to a small plate. Dip rim of the plastic shot cups into the lime juice and then dip into the margarita salt to coat the rim.
  2. Line up shot glasses on a baking sheet to make it easier to fill and move in and out of the refrigerator. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of water. Remove boiling water from heat and slowly whisk in Knox gelatin until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour in margarita mix and tequila into saucepan. Stir well.
  5. Fill shot glasses with the margarita tequila jello shot mixture.
  6. Place in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
  7. Add a lime wedge for garnish before serving.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations. Drink Responsibly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 0g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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