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.

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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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23 Responses to “Cadillac Margarita Jello Shot”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 28, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    I love that these shots look exactly like citrus slices. Beautifully styled and photographed!


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 29, 2014 @ 12:26 am

    Cadillac margs are the best! And I can imagine they’d make a great jello shot! pinned!


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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — January 29, 2014 @ 12:27 am

    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


  4. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 29, 2014 @ 3:24 am

    Jello shots are my weakness and I love the fun presentation of these! I’m not much of a Super bowl gal, but I think that Jello shots are good anytime ;) And he did such a good job on the shots, gorgeous! Pinned!


  5. #
    Maria@pinkpatisserie — January 29, 2014 @ 3:48 am

    These are perfect! We definitely will be enjoying the game with jello shots. Love margaritas and serving them as a shot in citrus is genius. Go Hawks!


  6. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 29, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    This is such a fabulous idea! Love it!


  7. #
    sam — January 29, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    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.


  8. #
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — January 29, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    These are gorgeous and sound delicious! Jello shots for the win- SCORE!


  9. #
    Trisha — January 29, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    wow this is so cool!!x


  10. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 29, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    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!


  11. #
    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 29, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    These are the best looking jello shots that I have seen! I think I need a couple of these beauties very soon!


  12. #
    Stephanie — January 29, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    I am personally a huge fan of eating food that also gives you a buzz.


  13. #
    Gaby — January 29, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    This is fantastic and so much fun! Love the styling and the photos too!


  14. #
    Samantha — January 29, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    These are so cool!!!


  15. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 29, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    Ahh how cute! I love everything about this!


  16. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — January 30, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    You are frigging wicked with the jello shots! These are going on the list! And you better watch your back, your man is getting pretty good with the camera lens!


  17. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — January 30, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    I can honestly say I haven’t wanted a jello shot since college before seeing these! I think I’d love these!


  18. #
    LAINIE — January 30, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    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.


  19. #
    Jenny Flake — January 31, 2014 @ 5:45 am

    Naomi!! I cannot get over your photography! Seriously amazing!! xo


  20. #
    Nina — January 31, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    Cointrueu or Cointreau?


  21. #
    JulieD — February 1, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    So pretty and are pretty genius…just like everything you do! :)


  22. #
    elisha — February 1, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    HELP!! What is a package of Gelatin? I bought a box of 4 envelopes…..


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