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How to Make Tequila Jello Shots: Explained (2024 Updated)

How to Make Tequila Jello Shots

Tequila jello shots can be a great party starter because it is delicious, fun, and always a hit at any party or occasion. Good thing you don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing these shots because it is easy and simple to make.

To get the party started on the right foot, here’s a detailed guide on how to make tequila jello shots.

6 Ways to Make Tequila Jello Shots


hand holding tequila jello shots

1. Gather All The Ingredients

The first thing you need to do is gather all the ingredients needed to make tequila jello shots.

You will need some jello packets in any flavor, but we recommend the lime one. Also, you need margarita mix, water, tequila [1], and small shot glasses or mini cups with lids.

2. Dissolve Jello Packet

In a large bowl or measuring cup, dissolve a jello packet in ¼ cup of cold water. Stir it well until there are no lumps or remnants of the jello powder.

There are different flavors of jello packets, like strawberry, orange, or lemon, but we prefer using lime as it goes well with tequila.

3. Combine With Boiling Water

pouring water on a jello powder

After completely dissolving the jello packet in cold water, you can combine it with ½ cup of boiling water.

We prefer to dissolve it in cold water first to ensure there are no lumps. If you directly pour the jello packet into boiling water, it would be harder to dissolve.

4. Mix With Tequila & Margarita Mix

After you combine the dissolved jello packets in boiling water, get your favorite margarita mix and pour ½ cup into the mixing bowl or measuring cup.

Margarita mix is readily available in grocery stores, and you are free to choose which brand you prefer to use.

Pour in the ½ cup of tequila and mix it well. You can use cheap tequilas since you will mix them with jello.

5. Pour Into the Molder

Jello shots molder

While the mixture is slightly warm, pour it into the molder before it sets. If you plan to use shot glasses, you can directly pour them in.

However, if you are serving a big group or holding a big party, it would be ideal to use mini cups with lids as the molder of the tequila jello shots.

6. Refrigerate

For the jello shots to be set properly, refrigerate them. It would be best to put it in a tray for easy transfer since shot glasses and mini cups may take time if you transfer them one by one.

If you use mini cups with lids, you can layer them on the refrigerator. Do not put it in the freezer because the texture of the jello shots will be different.

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Some Recipe Tips

    • Use a spout or funnel to pour the jello mixture into mini cups or shot glasses.
    • Do not overfill the cups or shot glasses. It would be best to leave a little room at the top.
    • Prepare a spoon when you serve it because some guests may want to eat it with a spoon.
    • Use a tray or cookie sheet when refrigerating jello shots so it would be easier to move them around.

How Long Does Tequila Jello Last in the Fridge?

Tequila jello shots last for about a week in the refrigerator, especially if it has a lid. There is no rush in consuming tequila jello, but it tastes fresh when you consume it after one to three days.

We do not recommend freezing tequila jello for it to last longer. It will affect the texture of the tequila jello shots.

How Much Alcohol It Contains

Tequila jello shots contain ½ cup or 4 oz of tequila, which is good enough for a little kick. If you want a stronger alcohol kick to your jello shots, you can adjust the tequila to ⅔ cup and ⅓ cup margarita mix.

However, you should not add too much alcohol because the jello shots will not harden. But how many jello shots will get you drunk?

How to Serve Tequila Jello Shots

jello tequila with lime and salt

You can serve tequila jello shots in shot glasses or mini cups with lids. For a pro tip, add a toothpick in the middle before you set the jello shots.

It can be a holder for your jello shots and would be easier to consume.

Moreso, you can prepare some teaspoons or dessert spoons for guests who wish to use one. But how long will jello shots last?

FAQs About How to Make Tequila Jello Shots

How much alcohol can you put in jello shots?

You can put ½ cup to ⅔ cup of alcohol in jello shots per one packet of jello. It gives enough kick and enough consistency for the jello to set.
If you wish to adjust more alcohol, make sure to adjust the margarita mix because if you mix margarita and tequila, it should be one cup. You can check out our favorite tequilas for Jello shots here

How long does it take for tequila jello shots to set?

Tequila jello shots will take at least two to three hours to set. If you wish to speed up the setting time, you can put it in the freezer, but you have to check it from time to time.

What are tequila jello shots? 

Tequila jello shots are fun and easy-to-make party treats that combine fruity gelatin with tequila for a tasty and boozy treat.

How do you make tequila jello shots? 

To make tequila jello shots, you dissolve your favorite flavored gelatin mix in boiling water, then stir in tequila. Pour the mixture into small cups or molds and refrigerate until set.

What flavors work best for tequila jello shots? 

Popular flavors for tequila jello shots include lime, strawberry, orange, and watermelon. To pick your favorite, try out a variety of combinations.

How strong are tequila jello shots? 

The strength of tequila jello shots can vary depending on the amount of tequila you use in the recipe. Typically, each shot contains a small amount of tequila, making them relatively mild compared to straight shots.

How far in advance can you make tequila jello shots?

Tequila jello shots can be made a day or two in advance of your event. Just be sure to store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve to keep them firm.

Are tequila jello shots gluten-free? 

Generally, tequila is gluten-free, but it’s essential to check the labels on your gelatin mix to ensure it’s gluten-free as well if you have dietary restrictions.

Final Thoughts

Tequila jello shots are easy and enjoyable to make. All ingredients are readily available at home and in grocery stores.

All you need to do is follow the guide on making tequila jello shots to start your party.

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