Remember jello shots from college? These margarita jello shots are an updated version of those old favorites. The margarita jello is served in lime wedges making them a fun treat for parties!
I haven’t made jello shots since my college days so when I recently came across a flurry of posts about cute jello shots that look like watermelon slices I was reminded how fun jello shots are for a party. Although, I have to admit the watermelon-shaped ones I’m seeing now are a lot cuter than the ones we made in college.
The ones I’ve seen lately are made by using lime peels and filling them with red jello mixed with vodka, but I couldn’t stop thinking about a margarita-flavored jello shot served in lime slices. I love margaritas so why not try a margarita jello shot?
How to Prepare the Limes
You can serve the margarita jello shots in little cups, but I think they look so cute served in lime rinds. It takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it once you see how fun they look on a serving plate.
I recommend preparing your limes first so you can fill them with the jello right after you make it.
- You will need 10 limes, which will give you enough lime rinds to serve 20 jello shots.
- Start by slicing the limes lengthwise in half as shown in the photo above.
- A paring knife makes it easy to remove the flesh from the peel. Just run the knife around the edge of the lime between the flesh and the peel. This will help loosen the flesh and make it easy to pull out.
- Using your fingers, pull the flesh from the rind. It’s easiest if you can dig in deep enough past the flesh to where the thin layer of skin is between the flesh and rind. This will make it easier to cleanly remove all of the flesh.
How to Make Margarita Jello Shots
I’d forgotten how easy it is to make jello shots – you only need four ingredients! They’re also great for parties because you can make them ahead of time and just pull them from the fridge when you’re ready to serve them.
- You’ll need a box of lime jello. I thought about making yellow jello shots, which would look more margarita-like, but the signature flavor of a margarita is lime so I opted for the lime jello instead of lemon.
- Mix the jello powder with 1 cup of boiling water.
- To create the margarita flavor, I added 1 cup of margarita mix after mixing the jello with the boiling water. The margarita mix I used already had the alcohol in it.
- The easiest way to fill the lime rinds is to make sure they are on a stable surface. I put mine in a muffin pan and then filled the rinds with jello.
- Chill the jello shots overnight so they fully set. One thing to note, the jello shots don’t hold well at room temperature for long so I recommend keeping them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.
Update: Since writing this post I’ve made Watermelon Tequila Jello Shots which are another fun way to serve jello shots for parties! Or try my Mini Watermelon Sorbet in Lime Shells for a fun summer dessert.
Margarita Jello Shots
- 1 box lime jello mix
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup margarita mix I bought margarita mix with tequila already added
- 10 limes
- Half the limes. Make sure you cut lengthwise across the lime or else this won't work. (See photo above). Most people cut limes across the mid section, but these need to be cut like as if you were making orange or apple slices.
- Once you cut them in half, use a pairing knife to cut a circle between the lime and the peel to help loosen the insides of the lime. Then use your fingers to remove all the flesh. It's easiest if you can dig in deep enough past the flesh and where that thin layer of skin is between the peel and the flesh to cleanly remove all the flesh. It took me about two limes before I figured this out, but once I did, it became easy to remove them.
- To prepare the jello, mix the powder with the boiling water first and then add in the margarita. Pour or spoon the mixture into the empty lime shells. You may have some jello leftover.
- You will want to make sure your limes are sitting on a surface that they won't spill over. I put mine in my muffin pan. Then place in fridge, and let it refrigerate overnight.
- When you are ready to serve, cut each of the lime peels in half to get the look of the slices. Use a sharp knife, gently cut across the jello section and then firmly cut through the peel in one movement to help keep the jello intact. Jello will begin to melt after an hour or so depending on how warm it is, so you want to serve these immediately.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.