Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters

Margarita Jell-O Shooters ~ A fun farewell to summer and a festive edition to your Sunday football tailgate party or gatherings. For another Jello shooter variation like this one, check out my Lemon Drop Jello Shooters cut into the shape of lemon wedges and my Rocky Candy Shooters shaped just like the rock candy you loved as a kid.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters

As many of you know, my Lemon Drop Jell-O Shooters are my issued dish from my girlfriend who holds the annual tailgate kickoff amongst our friends. This year with Matt being in the hospital, I sent them forward to the gathering in our absence.

Now that we can finally make the next one in two weeks, she has again requested Jell-O shooters. But who wants to repeat a dish back-to-back, that’s like wearing the same dress to two functions that have the essentially the same invitees.

That being the case, I opted to try what you see here. Somewhere there is someone screaming at my blasphemous mash-up of a cocktail with Jell-o. And my response . . . stop being so uptight.  Food is fun and I love messing around with it.

Besides how cute and fun are these?

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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters

Yield: Makes 24-30 Shooters


24-30 Strawberries

Margarita Mix

  • 1 box Strawberry Jell-O
  • 8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 6 ounce Cointreau
  • Salt for garnish


Strawberry Prep:

  1. Cut the bottoms of the strawberry flat to get them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure that you do not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom.
  2. Use a huller or apple corer to empty out the strawberry.
  3. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a towel to pat the outside of the strawberries dry.
  4. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling.

Margarita Mix

  1. Boil one cup of hot water in a saucepan,  then add in Jell-o powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved, about 2  minutes. Set aside.  Measure out 1/4 cup of cold water and set aside.
  2. Combine tequila and Cointreau, in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add liquour mixture to cold water and stir to combine. Then add cold liquour mixture to hot Jell-o mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Pour final Jell-o mix into strawberries and chill overnight. Dip your finger in water or use a moistened brush to wet the edge of the strawberries, dip and rotate the strawberries in salt to rim. Garnish with cut lime triangles to finish.

A few notes:

  • I will be posting the how-to picture over the weekend. Sorry, I have to process them still.
  • Use the real Jell-o mix and not a store brand, as the store brands tend not to set up as firmly.
  • Choose the freshest strawberries you can find.
  • You can use a strawberry huller or an apple corer along with a melon baller to empty out the strawberry. I used the latter method because it allowed me to dig a deeper well.
  • These are best made the night before and served the next day.
  • Fill your strawberries as high as possible, as the Jell-O will sink a bit in the middle.
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79 Responses to “Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters”

  1. #
    charlotte — September 29, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    Is the cointreau required? I couldn’t find a small bottle and all of it was super expensive. Could I just use all tequila or is there a cheaper option?


    • alexandra replied: — October 3rd, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      You can use triple sec. It’s orange liquor. All the same and much cheaper. Contrau sec is orange liquor as well. :)


      • Vicki replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

        What size jello box? I saw in the red velvet shots that it is 6 ounces of liquor to a 3 ounce jello box and some water.

        For the strawberry shooters is it the small box?

        Thanks for the insight. I am using these for our annual Cookies and Cocktails party (dress code is an ugly Christmas sweater).


  2. #
    Ebony — November 5, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    can you use vodka


    • Lisa replied: — December 10th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      You could use your favourite cocktail mix. Vodka is the base to any cocktail.


      • Lauren replied: — January 30th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

        Vodka is not the base for every cocktail. That is the farthest thing from the truth. You can use any liquor you want in this recipe, it just won’t be a margarita anynore.

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    Emme — January 17, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

    Last night I made these awesome shots BUT I ran into a problem. Cutting the strawberries at the bottom just enough so they stand but not too much so the liquid doesn’t leak out. No dramas shelias and blokes! I cut all my strawberries( some perfect and some not so perfect) seeing some of them leaking worried me. So I kept the jello in the bowl and put it in the fridge for about an hour and a half, it came out just enough solid to clog the holes but liquid enough to still spoon up and fill the strawberries. It all smoothed out over night. Also I did half of the strawberries sprinkled with sugar with a kiwi slice on top and the other half with salt and a lime slice. Hope this helped some of you! Enjoy :)


  4. #
    ime — January 24, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Im using rose to mix with the jello,,,we shall see


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