Margarita Jello Shot

Margarita Jelly (Jell-O) Shots
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  • Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 16 shots (16 servings)

The margarita jello shot is a fun and easy recipe that adapts the famous margarita into a tasty, jiggly little shot. It's a ton of fun to serve at parties and you will get just as much enjoyment out of making them as your friends do "drinking" them.

The recipe is extremely easy, creating a lime-flavored margarita jello shot (use any flavor gelatin you like). It's almost as simple as adding booze to the mix while you're making gelatin. Yet, there are a few tricks to making jello shots. Most important of those is to keep the alcohol in check so the gelatin can set up. If you pour too much tequila, you will have a sloppy mess.

Give this recipe a try and use it as a foundation for creating your own custom jello shots. It's just one example of how easy it is to make these fun shooters taste like ​many of your favorite cocktails.


  • 3 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 3-ounce package lime flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Optional: food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a bowl, mix the tequila, lime, and triple sec with cold water and chill in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.

  3. Pour one package of gelatin into a separate bowl.

  4. Add the boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

  5. Stir in the chilled liquor and water mix and add food coloring if you want to enhance the color.

  6. Pour the mix into shot glasses, molds, or a shallow baking pan for a sheet of gelatin to cut up once set.

  7. Refrigerate until the liquid sets completely. (At least 2 hours, but overnight is recommended.)

  8. Serve cold.


  • This recipe is for a single, 3-ounce box of gelatin, which is the most common size for flavored gelatin. It will make about 16 1-ounce shots and you can multiply the recipe to make more or to fit bigger cups.
  • If the color of your gelatin is not quite bright enough for your liking, add 2 to 3 drops of food color during the final mixing session.
  • Small, plastic shot cups are perfect for jello shots because the drinker can just squeeze the shot into their mouth.

Recipe Variations

While this particular jelly shot is lime-flavored, you can choose to make it in any flavor you like. Just like the many flavors of the margarita, this jello shot can take on the flavor of strawberry, mango, pineapple, or whatever your heart desires. All you need to do is change out the gelatin. There is even a Margarita-flavored Jell-O available (though it's essentially lime).

As you're playing around with these shots, keep a few things in mind:

  • The fresh lime juice really is nice and highly recommended for any margarita jelly shot. It adds a spark of flavor that takes it a step beyond spiked gelatin.
  • To enhance any fruit flavor, feel free to add a little juice. You can even use unflavored gelatin and rely completely on a juice for the fruity flavor. To do this, replace the cold water with the cold juice of your choice.
  • Don't forget that you can layer your jello shots! Create a margarita bonanza in your shot cups by mixing up two or more flavors and layering them. Remember to allow the bottom layer to set before mixing and adding the next layer.

How Strong Is a Margarita Jello Shot?

Jello shots are surprisingly light on the alcohol. That's a good thing because many people enjoy a few at once and it's often a supplementary party treat that's imbibed along with other (stronger) drinks. On average, the margarita jello shot will have an alcohol content around 6 percent ABV (12 proof), which is slightly stronger than beer.