Any party is better when you can make drinks ahead of time. And any party is more fun when those make-ahead drinks double as decoration, too. These margarita jello shots are both cute and tasty and are sure to make your next party one heck of a good time.

Margarita jello shots are also simple to make since most of the prep time is while you wait for things to cool or set. All you need is one cup water, one box of lime jello, two tablespoons of lime juice, 3/4 cup tequila and 1/4 cup Cointreau. Prepare the jello mix by dissolving it in boiling water, then let it cool to room temperature. When the mixture is cool, stir in the lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau.

Here's the fun part. You can make the jello shots in lime wedges so that the treat is both tasty and super cute. Cut the limes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh out with a spoon, leaving a kind of bowl. Set the limes on a tray and pour the jello mix into each of the lime halves. Set the tray in the refrigerator so that jello sets, which should take a total time of about 4 hours, but you can also refrigerate them overnight.

When you're ready for party time, slice the lime halves into wedges and top the lime slices with coarse salt. And yes, you can make these tasty tequila jello shots in plastic cups or shot glasses, but the boozy limes are really too cute to resist.

Margarita Jello Shots 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes



  • 1 3-oz box lime jello mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • coarse salt
  • limes


In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and add in gelatin, stirring to dissolve completely. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Once cooled, stir in the lime juice, tequila and Cointreau. Set aside.

Limes for jello shots

To prepare lime cups, cut the limes in half lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out the flesh. Pour the jello mixture into the limes and transfer to the refrigerator to set, about 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, slice limes into wedges and top with coarse salt.


You can also make these shots in plastic jello shot glasses, but we think the limes are more fun. Instead of Cointreau you can always use triple sec.

Perfect Pairing

Jello party!

Nutrition Facts
Margarita Jello Shots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.01g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.002g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.004g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.001g
Sodium 67mg 3%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 4g
Protein 0.3g 1%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.