Margarita Gelatin Shots

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


24 servings

Updated: Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone's favorite cocktail becomes a celebratory shot! Serve this margarita gelatin shot recipe in shot glasses garnished to look like mini margaritas or, for a fun twist, pour the mixture into hollowed-out lime halves, chill and then slice into wedges. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Margarita Gelatin Shots Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • Optional: kosher salt and lime wedge


  1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold limeade; let stand 1 minute. Heat and stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in tequila and triple sec.
  2. Pour into 2-oz. shot glasses; refrigerate until set. If desired, garnish rim with salt and lime. To serve in lime wedges instead of shot classes, halve and juice 6 limes (save juice for another use). Scrape out pulp. Arrange halves in muffin tins for stability. Fill with gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until set; cut each lime half into 2 wedges.

Margarita Gelatin Shot Tips

What is the best tequila to use for margarita Jell-O shots?

Whether you’re making Jell-o shots or whipping up a classic margarita, make sure you pick the best tequila for the recipe. There are a lot of options, but you usually can’t go wrong with a good blanco tequila. There are a lot of brands at different and affordable price points that still offer high-quality tequila. Select what you’re comfortable paying but try to stay away from the really inexpensive tequilas.

How do you make gelatin shots set faster?

There are a few tricks to make gelatin shots set faster. One way is to keep the tequila in the freezer before stirring it into the gelatin and limeade mixture. You can also freeze your shot glasses or lime halves before adding the gelatin. But don’t pop them into the freezer once you’ve added the gelatin because the outer edges will start to freeze before the middle sets.

How long do margarita gelatin shots last?

Margarita gelatin shots last 3 to 5 days covered in the refrigerator.

What else can I make with tequila?

Although you can use to tequila to make creative shots, other recipes featuring tequila include carnitas, fruit salad and poached pears. Research contributed by James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary

Nutrition Facts

1 shot: 69 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.