Cadillac Margarita Jello Shot

Let’s face it, the Super Bowl is just a big excuse to gather, have some beer and nosh on a lot of stuff that will make our skinny jeans protest. My suggestion: have a few of these Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots instead. It’s a drink and food in one—problem solved.

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots via Bakers Royale

How fun are these? Sure I could have made them straight up but I wanted them to be party-fun, so I gave the mix some color and emptied out some citrus.

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots | BakersRoyale

I should say, “we” because this was Matt’s idea—the Cadillac Margarita Jello Shot that is (I, of course, had to give it my own spin). Remember when I mentioned in Monday’s post I tried to get away with a Super Bowl hot wings recipe? Well like I said, he insisted on doing a Jello shot—and this is the one he wanted. It’s his standard drink. Now he can have it as a Cadillac Jello shot and you can too!

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots | Bakers Royale

Slurp responsibly. Enjoy!

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots | Bakers Royale

Oh, and, hey check it out, he even took the photos as well (styled by me of course, because I can’t relinquish all control). I think all my pushing is working and he is catching the photography bug. Yay me, especially since I’m pregnant, giant—and shooting gets a bit tiring while I’m carrying around all this extra weight.

this recipe

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots

Yield: Makes 4 cups of mix


  • 4 limes, emptied of pulp
  • 4 lemons, emptied of pulp
  • 3 oranges emptied of pulp
  • 1 1/2 cups limeade
  • 1 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 cup Cointrueu
  • 2 packets of plain Knox gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon Jell-o
  • 1 teaspoon orange Jell-o
  • 1 teaspoon lime Jell-o


Preparation: Rest halved fruit vessels on muffin pans to hold them steady.
  1. Cut fruit in half and empty each half of pulp.
  2. Place limeade in a large shallow pan and sprinkle gelatin on top (use a pan with the largest surface space to ensure even gelatin blooming). Set aside for 1- 2 minutes for gelatin to bloom. Place pan over low heat stirring constantly until gelatin has dissolved (mixture will resemble syrup consistency), about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Divide mixture into three portions. Add lemon Jell-o into the first portion, orange Jello-o into the second and lime Jell-o into the third portion. Stir each portion until well combined. Pour corresponding mixture into emptied fruit. Chill for at least six hours or overnight. Slice and serve.

A few notes:

  1. For best cutting results: use a sharp straight edge knife (not serrated) and lightly coat it with non-stick spray, then make the cut in one motion to prevent the Jello shot from pulling away from the fruit rind.
  2. To skip the fruit cups, you can pour the mixture in to cups or lightly cover a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray before pouring mixture into it. To remove the Jello shots from the muffin wells, firmly press finger in the center until Jello shot pulls away from the side walls of mold. Then use an offset icing spatula, gently guide Jello shot out.
  3. You can also skip the teaspoon of dry Jell-o mix, as that is only used for coloring purposes.


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  1. says

    I been loving you light shots! They are so clean. I love you made them in the slices; since we all know clean up at a party has to be the worst pain.

    They would be such a hit at any gathering! Nothing gets a party going like a jello shot


  2. sam says

    I am SO making these for The Superbowl, but, is there something else I can use instead of Cointreau? I hear its a bit pricey.


  3. says

    Well for some of us this is a bit more than just an excuse for food but there is no reason I can’t bleed orange and blue AND have some of these adorable shots too! I don’t normally love the idea of jello shots but this is the perfect presentation!


  4. LAINIE says

    These jelly shots sound great but could you give me an Australian equivalent to limeade? Is this like a cordial. Luv your recipes even if it is sometimes difficult to translate the Americanisms.


    • Deb c replied: — February 1st, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

      It is similar to lemonade, but with limes. It is basically a sweetened lime beverage.
      You could use sweet & sour drink mix or a margarita mix.


  5. susie says

    I am utterly confused. I bought two boxes of Knox gelatin. Then there are four envelopes in each box. I need clarification….2 boxes or two small envelopes?? Im making them as we speak upand i used two envelopes and it isnt thickening like syri


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